11 You were also circumcised in him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, 12 when you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
He Circumcised Our Hearts – We Are Set Apart For Jesus
He Raised Us To New Life – We Are Raised to New Life In Jesus
13 And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive with him and forgave us all our trespasses.
14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it away by nailing it to the cross.
15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; he triumphed over them in him.
He Gave Us A New Life – We Are Given New Life By Jesus
He Forgave Us On The Cross – We Are Forgiven Through Jesus
He Claimed Victory Over His Enemies – We Are Given Victory In Jesus
4 I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with arguments that sound reasonable. 5 For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ.
6 So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.
8 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ. 9 For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, 10 and you have been filled by him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
HOW WE ________________________FROM THE TRUTH
- takes you Captive–
- Human Traditions-
- Elements of the world-
HOW TO _________________________________TO THE TRUTH
- Walk With Christ – just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him
- Stand Firm in Christ –being rooted and built up in him
- Established in Christ –established in the faith, just as you were taught
- Finding Joy in Christ –Overflowing with gratitude
____________ ANCHOR YOURSELF TO THE TRUTH?
1 For I want you to know how greatly I am struggling for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person.
Passion For God’s Glory
“I am struggling for you” –
Hearts for Christ always have a heart for God to be glorified.
2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ. 3 In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Passion For Their Growth
What We Connect With Produces Growth or Decline.
THE CHURCH – 2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love
What you believe about Christ will determine how you are involved with the Church.
Christian growth comes from connecting with brothers and sisters in the faith.
CHRIST – all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery
What you believe about Christ will determine who you are.
What you believe about Christ will determine where you run.
4 I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with arguments that sound reasonable.
When a believer is separated from Christ and His Church, they can easily be deceived.
Colossians 1:24–29 “Anchored To The Mission”
24 Now I rejoice in my SUFFERINGS for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for his body, that is, the church.
The Attitude of Ministry
- Suffering brings Good to the People of God
- Suffering brings Good to the Person of God
- Suffering Unifies The Person of God to Christ
25 I have become its SERVANT, according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,
26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.
27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
The Calling of Ministry
- The Servant Of God Is Called To Make The Word Of God Known.
- The Servant Of God Makes The Word Of God Fully Known.
- The Servant Of God Shares The Mystery Of God.
28 We PROCLAIM him, WARNING and TEACHING everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
29 I labor for this, striving with his strength that works powerfully in me.
The Purpose of Ministry
- The Christian Proclaims Christ
- The Christian Warns Everyone
- The Christian Teaches Everyone
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through him and for him. 17He is before all things, and by him all things hold together. 18He is also the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
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V15 He Is The _________ of God
V15b He is The __________ Born
V16a He is The ___________
V16b He is The _____________ All Things were created
V17a He is ___________ All Things
V17b He is The _______________ of All Things
V18a He is The _______________ of the Church
V18b He is The _______________
V19 He is The _____________ Place of God
V20 He is The ______________ of All Things
21Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds expressed in your evil actions. 22But now he has reconciled you by his physical body through his death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before him—
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V22 He Has reconciled you
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Timothy our brother:
2To the saints in Christ at Colossae, who are faithful brothers and sisters. Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
4for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints
5because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the word of truth, the gospel
v3 – We Always Thank God For You – 5 ______________ OF A BELIEVER’S LIFE
v4 – Gospel __________
v4 – Gospel __________
v5 – Gospel ___________
6that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and came to truly appreciate God’s grace.
7You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.
v6 – Gospel _______________
v7 – Gospel _____________