Jan 20, 2019
Think differently.
As Paul transitioned into this next section, he wanted to contrast earthly wisdom with that of true spiritual wisdom. He challenged the Colossians, and us today, to look to Christ and set our minds on Him. To think differently about the world and how we live. Then he explained the believer's identity in Christ. We died to our former lives, and now we are hidden and secure in Christ until the day we appear with Him in glory. As we think about the world in light of who Christ is and what He's done, may we live out the reality that Christ's presence is within us.
Scripture: Colossians 3:1-4
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  • Jan 20, 2019Think differently.
    Jan 20, 2019
    Think differently.
    As Paul transitioned into this next section, he wanted to contrast earthly wisdom with that of true spiritual wisdom. He challenged the Colossians, and us today, to look to Christ and set our minds on Him. To think differently about the world and how we live. Then he explained the believer's identity in Christ. We died to our former lives, and now we are hidden and secure in Christ until the day we appear with Him in glory. As we think about the world in light of who Christ is and what He's done, may we live out the reality that Christ's presence is within us.
    Scripture: Colossians 3:1-4
  • Jan 13, 2019Eyes On Christ
    Jan 13, 2019
    Eyes On Christ
    A Paul closed out this section of Colossians, he warned the church of the dangers of finding their assurance in ceremonies, rituals, and rules. As believers, we must keep our eyes on Christ and pursue Him, rather than pursuing religious actions as the goal. May Christ be at the center of all that we do as a church and in our daily lives.
    Scripture: Colossians 2:16-23
  • 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 11, 2018Our Reconciled Relationship With God
    Nov 11, 2018
    Our Reconciled Relationship With God
    In light of the majesty of who Christ is and all He's done, Paul explained our condition before we received Christ. Because we actively waged war with God in our minds and willingly disobeyed Him in our actions, our relationship with God was broken. But the good news of the gospel is that God restored and reconciled the relationship through Jesus' death in our place. God declared believers right before Him so that one day we would be presented holy and blameless for all eternity. The power of the Holy Spirit in us enables us to put the flesh to death and seek Christ daily, so we can continue in the faith. This is miracle of our reconciled relationship with God.
    Scripture: Colossians 1:21-23
  • 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