Nov 25, 2018
Christ Must Be Central
In this passage, Paul explained the importance of pursuing Christ. The first reason we must pursue Christ is because He is worth it. He is the treasure of infinite value. We also must pursue Christ for our own protection against the arguments of our time. Finally, we pursue Christ that we may remain steadfast in the faith. May we grow in our love for each other and continually remind ourselves of the gospel as we pursue Christ daily.
Scripture: Colossians 2:1-7
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  • Nov 25, 2018Christ Must Be Central
    Nov 25, 2018
    Christ Must Be Central
    In this passage, Paul explained the importance of pursuing Christ. The first reason we must pursue Christ is because He is worth it. He is the treasure of infinite value. We also must pursue Christ for our own protection against the arguments of our time. Finally, we pursue Christ that we may remain steadfast in the faith. May we grow in our love for each other and continually remind ourselves of the gospel as we pursue Christ daily.
    Scripture: Colossians 2:1-7
  • Nov 18, 2018Sharing the Passion of Ministry
    Nov 18, 2018
    Sharing the Passion of Ministry
    Paul shared his passion for ministry with the Colossian church. He explained that the object of his ministry was the church, the subject of his ministry was Jesus Christ, and the goal of his ministry was that the whole world be matured in Christ. This was the passion of Paul's ministry, and he was willing to suffer and make every effort to spread the gospel. May we share that same passion, and by God's strength, may we make every effort to teach the Word and make disciples in our local context and the world.
    Scripture: Colossians 1:24-29
  • Nov 4, 2018Christ Above All
    Nov 4, 2018
    Christ Above All
    This passage is a great reminder of the sovereignty of God over all things. Paul explained that Jesus has always been the image of the Father. Jesus is the preeminent One who holds all things together. He is the head of the church and His resurrection proved that He has power over death. May we find peace and strength knowing that Jesus is fully God and that nothing happens apart from His divine purpose. Colossians 1:15-20
  • Oct 21, 2018Living Worthy Of The Lord
    Oct 21, 2018
    Living Worthy Of The Lord
    Paul's prayer for the Colossians church was fueled by a desire to see them live in a manner that pleased the Lord. While it is important for us to pray for each other's health and physical needs, too often our prayers for each other end there. May we look to Paul's example and pray for each other that we would all serve God faithfully, grow in our knowledge of Him and rely on God's strength. And as we truly think about all that God has done for us through Christ, may our hearts be filled with thankfulness.
    Scripture: Colossians 1:9-14
  • Oct 14, 2018Gratitude to God
    Oct 14, 2018
    Gratitude to God
    Paul began his letter to the church at Colossae by thanking God for their faith and love. He recognized that God was the one who, by the finished work of Jesus Christ, saved them and has been at work within them. He also thanked God for the powerful presence of the gospel in their lives. As we dwell on all that God has done to accomplish our salvation, may we be full of thankfulness and gratitude to God, and let's share the Good News of Jesus with boldness. Scripture: Colossians 1:1-8
  • Oct 7, 2018Undeterred
    Oct 7, 2018
    Undeterred
    Series: UNBOUND
    At the end of Paul's life, many of his closest friends abandoned him. His only assurance was in the presence of God by his side. He trusted God to deal with those had wronged him and he forgave those who deserted him. In all of it, he had faith that the Lord Jesus Christ had faithfully sustained him. May we have that same confidence in God to work in our lives and keep us from stumbling, and may we keep running the race He has set before us.
    Scripture: II Timothy 4:9-22
  • Sep 30, 2018Carry On
    Sep 30, 2018
    Carry On
    Series: UNBOUND
    Paul knew his life was coming to end, so he challenged Timothy to carry the torch and follow his example. During his life, Paul endured much hardship, but he persevered to the end. He held onto the hope of seeing Jesus, and that hope in the finished work of Christ on the cross helped sustain him throughout his ministry. This same challenge is given to all of us. May we fight the good fight and accomplish all the works Christ has for us, namely spreading the Good New of Jesus. Scripture: II Timothy 4:5-8
  • Sep 23, 2018The Preserving Power of Preaching
    Sep 23, 2018
    The Preserving Power of Preaching
    Series: UNBOUND
    In Paul's final words to Timothy, he gave him a weighty command to preach the word at all times. During Timothy's day, many people sought out teachers that would tell them only what they wanted to hear, not what they needed to hear. We can easily fall into that trap and, as a result, wander off into false teachings. May we diligently seek Jesus through studying His Word, and may we be open and willing to accept correction knowing that it's making us more like Jesus.
    Scripture: II Timothy 4:1-4
  • Sep 16, 2018Sustaining Our Faith In Difficult Days
    Sep 16, 2018
    Sustaining Our Faith In Difficult Days
    Series: UNBOUND
    Contrary to the deceptive disciples Paul mentioned previously, Timothy exhibited the characteristics of a true follower of Jesus. He learn from Paul's life and grew in his faith as a result of Paul discipleship in Timothy's life. As believers, we need be in discipling relationships so that we can grow more in our walk with Christ. The times of suffering in Paul's life were used to help build his faith in Christ, and the more we immerse ourselves in God's Word, the more we can trust in God's character and His promises in difficult days.
    Scripture: II Timothy 3:10-17
  • Sep 9, 2018The Danger of Deceptive Disciples
    Sep 9, 2018
    The Danger of Deceptive Disciples
    Series: UNBOUND
    As Paul continued in his letter to Timothy, he warned him to be aware of the deceptive disciples that had crept into the church. These people appeared to be godly men, but were practicing sin and leading people astray. Churches are often known for judging people outside of the church, but Scripture tells us to examine within the church and practice church discipline, when necessary. When we lovingly speak truth into each others' lives, we will help keep the church from being led away by false teachers. We must trust God's providence that even though people may try to lead others away from sound doctrine, that they will not have the final victory in light of eternity. God's purpose for the Church will come to pass.
    Scripture: II Timothy 3:1-9