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Alive In Christ, Volume 1

Alive In Christ, Volume 1

added January 9, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:1-2:10
topics Christian Living, The Church, Faith, False Teaching, Gospel, Grace, Jesus Christ, Ministry, Obedience, Patience, Prayer, Sanctification, Thanksgiving, Trinity
type Series
id 15101DL

The challenge for today’s churches to remain rooted in the truth of the Gospel is not new. In fact, the church in Colossae during the days of the Apostle Paul was influenced by many worldly falsehoods, including superstition, mythology and even simple error in doctrinal translation. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul imposes two key messages which are as applicable today as they were then. First, he re-confirms that all things were created and hold together through Jesus Christ and that we must walk with Him and hold steadfast to our faith in His saving power. Paul then provides ...

Introduction and Greeting

Introduction and Greeting

preached January 29, 1984
added January 9, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:1-2
topics Faith, Grace, Thanksgiving
type Sermon
id 1019

Paul introduces himself as an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God. The words Paul writes are not merely the opinion of the great missionary but are the authoritative words of God. Here, Paul proclaims his testimony with his heart. In this message, we are challenged to test our own passion for the Gospel – “Do we have a testimony? Can we define our lives before and after we understood that Christ died for our salvation?”

Reasons for Thanksgiving

Reasons for Thanksgiving

preached February 5, 1984
added January 16, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:3-8
topics Faith, Grace, Thanksgiving
type Sermon
id 1020

Paul’s letter to the Church in Colossae begins on an encouraging note as he thanks God for bringing the Colossians to faith and for indwelling within them a love and a hope that are supernatural.

The Apostle's Prayer, Part Two

The Apostle's Prayer, Part Two

preached February 26, 1984
added January 23, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:9-14
topics Obedience, Prayer, Sanctification
type Sermon
id 1025

The Apostle Paul encourages us to pursue knowledge that will transcend us into a life worthy of Christ. Our incentive to live knowingly should not be aligned with how it makes us feel but instead, motivated by our desire to bring glory to God. In this message, Alistair Begg outlines four marks of a life that is pleasing to Jesus – fruitful, knowledgeable, powerful and thankful.

The Apostle's Prayer, Part One

The Apostle's Prayer, Part One

preached February 12, 1984
added January 19, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:9-14
topic Prayer
type Sermon
id 1022

We can often find our prayer life inconsistent and derailed by negative experiences or circumstances. Paul sets an example of prayer for us to emulate – a model of prayer that is stimulated, sustained and specific. God’s words, “You will know me when you spend time with me” are instruction for gaining true wisdom revealed through Jesus Christ.

Who is Jesus Christ?, Part One

Who is Jesus Christ?, Part One

preached March 4, 1984
added February 8, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:15-20
topics Jesus Christ, Redemptive History, Trinity
type Sermon
id 1026

Paul makes a point to clarify for the Colossians precisely who Jesus is – the image of the invisible God. If we want to know the nature of God, we need to look only to Christ. Paul describes Jesus as the firstborn over all Creation, a reference to position, not time. Jesus is the Creator and before all things, a fact that emphasizes both His pre-existence and His eternal existence. Finally, in Christ, all things hold together in the universe, a fact that should bring great confidence to all believers.

Who is Jesus Christ?, Part Two

Who is Jesus Christ?, Part Two

preached March 11, 1984
added February 13, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:15-20
topics Atonement, False Teaching, Jesus Christ
type Sermon
id 1029

When people seek Jesus, whom do they hope to find? In this message from Colossians we learn that Jesus is the head of the Church – its source of direction, authority and power, and the only reconciler between man and God.

Established and Firm

Established and Firm

preached March 18, 1984
added February 20, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:21-23
topics Jesus Christ, Patience, Redemption, Sanctification
type Sermon
id 1031

Paul reminds his readers that the relevance of “who Jesus is” is found in the personal application of one’s faith. It is futile to deal with the deep theological aspects of Jesus if we are lacking in love for Him. We are challenged in this message to pinpoint a defining moment in our lives when we have been changed through God’s grace from beyond what we once were.

Marks of a God Given Ministry, Part Three

Marks of a God Given Ministry, Part Three

preached April 15, 1984
added March 12, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:24-29
topics The Church, Leadership, Ministry
type Sermon
id 1037

Paul identifies the marks of those who teach under false pretenses. He instructs the Colossians to be mature in their faith and distinguish between those who belong to Christ and those who do not. He warns to avoid false teachers who commend themselves, who preach by consensus, who preach out of envy or rivalry and who preach for profit. These challenges continue to be relevant to Christians today.

Marks of a God Given Ministry, Part One

Marks of a God Given Ministry, Part One

preached April 1, 1984
added February 27, 2012
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scripture Colossians 1:24-29
topics The Church, False Teaching, Ministry, Preaching
type Sermon
id 1033

False spiritual leadership – those who operate under the banner of religion but who are really unconverted and un-commissioned, are of great threat to any church. The Colossian Christians were facing heresy by false teachers and Paul’s letter was purposeful in its intent to clarify the truth. Without a Gospel-centered ministry, a church risks being directed by notions and whims.

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