Join us in this study of the book of Colossians. Even though Colossians is a short letter, it's important not to lose sight of the main point as you read it. The big idea of the letter is: Christ is all; you need no supplements! If you are in Christ, you've received God's fullness and have everything you need for living fully for Him.
Grace of God – it produces PEACE – Grace is the fountain – and peace is the stream that flows from it -- So here’s the question -- Do you have peace? – or are you filled with all kinds of anxiety & torment & worry? – or do you live with peace? – Grace and peace --
Paul is saying, there is nobody above Jesus. Nobody ranks higher than him. He is supreme. When it comes to God, Jesus shows us what God is like. When it comes to creation, he’s over all of it. He’s the highest over everyone and everything. Nothing and nobody is better than Jesus. So hold onto Jesus and never let Him go
Jesus said – “Go and make disciples, and teach them to observe everything I’ve commanded…”
This message was enough to “present everyone mature in Christ.” The message of what Jesus has done is enough to transform the lives of anyone who receives it. It’s a life-changing message.
So Paul wants them to Know and Grow – be unified in Christ -- Three words to help us - He wants them to BELIEVE – BEHAVE – AND BEWARE
I want you to know something – not just hear it but believe it – not just believe it – but act on it – grow or behave – but then beware – don’t entertain other people’s bad opinions about Jesus…
Jesus said – He is the vine and we are the branches – the branches get everything from the vine – when your rooted in Christ – that’s good soil – If you want to field test that – If you want to know if you’re in Christ – just inspect the fruit – Look at what’s growing – what’s on your branches
So the false teachers of Paul’s day – and we have them today too – They were teaching Christ plus LEGALISM - Christ plus MYSTICISM – Christ plus ASCETICISM – What you need is to be born again – What you need is to live a life of dependence on the Holy Spirit
So when you come to Christ – you take off some habits, some patterns, some behaviors because that’s the old you – and you get outfitted with new habits & new behaviors – so paul wants us to dress for success – and that’s what we’re looking at today in verses 12 through 17 –
What an awesome and joyful responsibility of parenting, Of Christian parenting. To take a tiny, helpless baby that comes home from the hospital, and begin saturating that child's life and experience with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that they come into a vibrant living faith with Jesus at an early age
We need the wisdom to say the right thing to the right person at the right time ---- and we can’t do that alone we need Jesus – we need His Spirit to lead us, guide us, control us…..that’s how we walk and talk – that’s how we become more effective in sharing the Gospel --- and the clock is ticking – we don’t have anytime to waste….