Colossians: The Supremacy of Christ
Colossians: The Supremacy of Christ
Sometimes we might be tempted to wonder whether we’re really much use to God. Does he really want to use us achieve his purposes? He does! These last verses in Colossians remind us of the ways in which God delights to use us.
Though we are just ordinary Christians, God has given us the extraordinary task of making sure that outsiders hear about Jesus. In this passage, Paul reminds the Colossians of what it is that they must do in order for this to happen. What a great privilege and responsibility we have!
For the Christian, the gospel of Jesus should intersect and overlap into every aspect of our lives. It should change the way we live and should impact our relationships with each other both at church, and at home. Listen as Pastor Dave looks at the Apostles Paul’s instructions for Christian homes and families and how the gospel should be at work in our key relationships.
When a person becomes a Christian, he or she inevitably begins to change. The old way of thinking and behaving, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, is steadily replaced by the new life of Christ. And we are to cooperate with the Spirit in this ongoing process as we “put to death” the old life and “put on” the new life. In this message we look at some of the practical changes that take place when we allow the peace of Christ, the Word of Christ, and the name of Christ to get to work in our lives. To really know Christ is to experience the powerful difference only he can make in every possible area of life. “If anyone is in Christ he or she is a new creation”. I wonder whether that is true of us?
Paul has reminded the Colossians that the Christian has died to the old life and been given a new life in Christ. Now he shows them what it looks like to live out their new life. Join us as we think about what it means for us to take off the old life with its practices and to put on the new life. Each of us must ask ourselves this question: How does the fact that I have a new life in Christ affect the way that I live?
Listen as Pastor Dave shares from Colossians 3 about our new life in Christ. True spirituality is found in Jesus and our living the Christian life means living in light of this.
Listen as Pastor Dave shares from Colossians 2 about how we might have certainty in our Christian walk.
When you think of Christian ministry, do you think “hard work?” If so, you’re not alone! Serving Christ and the church in any capacity can, at times, be hard work. In tonight’s passage we get an insight into the hard work of Christian ministry from Paul’s perspective. His approach to this task is one from which we can all learn.
What is the status of your relationship with God? This is the issue that Paul addresses in tonight’s passage. He wants to remind the Colossians of their old status, their new status, and just how their change of status had come about. His reminder to them is a reminder to us also. Because of Christ, we are now reconciled to God! What good news! Paul’s encouragement is that we would persevere in this reality.
Listen as Pastor Dave shares from Colossians 1 about why Jesus is all that we need as Christians.
When you hear of a friend in trouble, and they’re hundreds of kilometres away, you can feel pretty helpless. But there’s one thing you can do, and that’s pray! Paul was in prison in Rome but he prayed for the people in the Colossian church. They were becoming confused because of the influence of false teachers. So Paul prayed for God to strengthen their faith in three ways: by transforming their minds, their way of life, and their hearts. He wanted them to know God’s will better (mind), to live more distinctively as Christians (life), and to be more joyful and thankful because of what Jesus has done (heart). This is a powerful combination in a Christian’s life, and a great testimony to the unique, saving and keeping power of Jesus Christ.