Identity in Christ

When we considered Colossians 2:16–3:4 last week, we completed the doctrinal portion of Colossians. Most of the New Testament epistles are similarly broken down into a doctrinal and heuristic—or practical—sections. And though I’ve tried to offer practical applications and implications of Paul’s teaching throughout, beginning with this morning’s passage, Paul …

Freedom in Christ

In our study in Colossians last week, we ended by considering the nature of God’s victory in Christ, especially the fact that Christ’s death on the cross has taken care of the two main things that plague us as human beings—our sinfulness and Satan’s attacks. Think about it. If it …

Victory in Christ

As we continue our study in Colossians this morning, we are going to see a few things come to the fore. First, Paul seems to be going from passionate to fiery in what he has to say to these Colossian believers. His love for these believers demonstrates not simply a …

The Mystery of Christ Revealed

As I mentioned when we first began studying Colossians a few weeks ago, one of the extraordinary things about this letter is that Paul has never visited this church. He has only heard about these believers because of Epaphras’ report—and again, in all likelihood Epaphras came to faith because of …

The Supremacy of Christ

As we continue in our study of the book of Colossians this morning, we’re going to have an opportunity to consider both the person and work of Jesus Christ—who he is and what he has done. Having looked at who the Colossians are last week—how these believers came to faith …

Gratitude and Prayer

This morning we are going to begin a study on the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Colossians. At the time of Paul’s writing Colossae was a small city although several hundred years earlier it had been a leading city in Asia Minor in present day Turkey. The church appears to …

Called to be Human

This morning we are going to consider one final image the New Testament uses to speak of the church. Scripture includes more than those we’ve looked at—the church as God’s sheep and God’s family—but I’ll end this series by considering the image of the church as the temple of the …

The Death of Death

Over the past weeks, we’ve been considering different ways in which Scripture speaks of us, Christ’s church. We began by considering Jesus as our Good Shepherd. Then we turned to what God expects of us as the sheep of Christ, our Good Shepherd God. From there we considered what it …

The Family of God

I’d like to begin this morning by making a confession—and it’s a terrible confession to make given that it is Father’s Day and I genuinely hope all of the fathers in the congregation feel appreciated today! But my confession is that I do not like celebrating secular holidays in worship …