|preached||May 6, 1984|
|added||March 26, 2012|
|topics||The Church, Patience, Sanctification|
In this message, Paul summarizes his instruction to the Colossians and explains that receiving Christ is not the end, but the beginning of life. The Colossians longed for Christ and here Paul encourages them to grow further in the foundation of their faith by reminding them of past realities and directing them in their present activities.
|preached||April 29, 1984|
|added||March 19, 2012|
|topics||The Church, Faith, Prayer|
Here Paul reaches out to the Colossians in a heartfelt message using Colossae phraseology intended to bridge the physical distance between himself and his readers. Paul provides encouragement by conveying his struggle on his fellow Christians’ behalf and his earnest prayer for their well-being.
|preached||April 15, 1984|
|added||March 12, 2012|
|topics||The Church, Leadership, Ministry|
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.
|preached||April 8, 1984|
|added||March 5, 2012|
|topics||The Church, False Teaching, Gospel, Leadership, Ministry|
Here we are warned not to add anything to our faith in Christ Jesus by requiring additional experiences, thus making Christianity selective through experiential commonalities. The mystery of the Gospel is not in its exclusiveness, belonging to a few, but in its inclusiveness, open to everyone.
|preached||April 1, 1984|
|added||February 27, 2012|
|topics||The Church, False Teaching, Ministry, Preaching|
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.
|preached||March 17, 1985|
|added||February 17, 2012|
The transition from the physical temple of Israel to the spiritual temple of the New Testament was a revolutionary idea. The truth that God’s temple is now seen in the lives of God’s people brings a sobering responsibility to the visible church. If the church is diverted from Christ and ceases to make Him the chief cornerstone, it will crumble. The face of the church is sinners; it must therefore have a solid foundation in Christ.
|preached||March 24, 1985|
|added||February 17, 2012|
|topics||Character of God, The Church, Marriage|
“The bride belongs to the bridegroom.” (John 3:29) In this tender metaphor Jesus refers to the church as His bride. One day He will return for her. Now is the time of preparation. In this message we’ll learn what Christ expects upon His return and how we can make ourselves ready.