Sermons

Sermons

Seeking Heaven While Still on Earth

Colossians 3:1-11 Seeking Heaven While Still on Earth While the place of heaven is our destination, the way of heaven should be our pursuit.  As disciples, we are to put to death the deeds of this world and to put on the new self as we seek the things above. After Paul addresses the Colossians’ doctrinal integrity (1-2), he instructs their practical purity (3-4). Our behaviors originate from our beliefs. Seeking Heavenly Priorities (Col. 3:1-4) What Christ wants for your life…

Three Dangerous Self-Made Religions

Colossians 2:16-23 Three Dangerous Self-Made Religions The Apostle Paul saw three dangerous heresies present in the church at Colossae and we experience them today.  Biblical discipleship is sufficient and doesn’t need any alteration. When we are dissatisfied with the finished product of the gospel, we can easily become subtle heretics. As disciples, we must acknowledge the dangers of altering scriptural beliefs. Legalism (Col. 2:16-17) God’s Word + My Rules = Legalism Legalism leads people to pass judgment on those who…

Disciples Have Deep Roots

Colossians 2:6-2:15 Disciples Have Deep Roots Satan will use deceitful doctrine to distract disciples from being established in the faith.  Disciples must be rooted in Christ and established in biblical doctrine to persevere. Mature Growth (Col. 2:6-7) A disciple must have deep roots to experience mature growth. Walking with Christ is characterized by steady progress in discipleship. Biblical Doctrine (Col. 2:8-10) Believers are kidnapped by unbiblical doctrine once they begin to believe that Jesus is insufficient. If Jesus is completely God,…

Disciples Don’t Quit Until They Reach Maturity

Colossians 1:24-2:5 Disciples Don’t Quit Until They Reach Maturity The goal of the Church is to present every disciple as complete in Christ.  Working with the power God provides, we are to disciple one another with the goal of spiritual maturity. Christian suffering means that you are receiving the attacks that the world would give Jesus if He was still on the earth (Col. 1:24). Personal ministry is the Kingdom work that God gives us to steward during our lives…

Jesus Holds All Things Together

Colossians 1:15-23 Jesus Holds All Things Together Not only were we created through Jesus, but we were also created for Jesus.  As he holds all things together, even our spiritual growth is kept from shifting when it is placed in his hands.  “What comes to your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.”  -A.W. Tozer Regarding the identity of Jesus, I need more than sincerity – I need clarity and accuracy. If my beliefs…

Fully Pleasing to God

Colossians 1:9-14 Fully Pleasing to God As the gospel transforms us from the domain of darkness into saints standing in the light, our lives are meant to be fully pleasing to God.  Disciples strive to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. Pray for Spiritual Wisdom (Col. 1:9) Knowledge is the content of truth, wisdom is the comprehension of truth, and understanding is the application of truth. “To be filled” means “to be controlled.”  We need more than biblical…

Disciples Keep Growing

Colossians 1:1-8 Disciples Keep Growing Paul recognized the Colossian church as a group of disciples who had been changed and yet were still being changed by the gospel.  As disciples, the gospel should be continually bearing fruit and increasing within us and through us. 9 Traits of Growing Disciples Disciples keep growing if: their faith is in Jesus – Faith is banking your very eternity on the fact that Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient to obtain God’s forgiveness. their love is…

Here I Raise My Ebenezer

Here I Raise My Ebenezer (1 Sam. 7:2-17) Samuel remembered God’s faithfulness in the past to help him go forward. As individuals and as a church, it is important to celebrate his activity in the previous year as we anticipate his work in the coming year. REPENTANCE (1 Sam. 7:2-6) True repentance always involves a turning to and a turning from. You can’t serve your God if you are consumed with serving yourself. Genuine repentance always moves from a tearful…

There Can Only Be One King

Peace on Earth There Can Only Be One King (Matt. 2:1-21) Herod felt threatened when his throne was challenged by Jesus’ birth.  There is only room for one king on the throne of your life, and you cannot experience peace until Jesus sits upon it. Seeking the King (Matt. 2:1-6) God notified pagan astrologers about Jesus’ birth out of His desire to reach all nations. Herod’s paranoia caused him to remove any perceived challengers to his throne. The Jewish people…

The Dragon Outside the Nativity

Peace on Earth The Dragon Outside the Nativity (Rev. 12:1-17) The Book of Revelation reveals a different perspective that happened at the birth of Jesus. While the enemy comes to bring chaos, Jesus has come and will come again to bring peace. The Anticipation You will never experience peace until you wake up to the fact that you are at war. Unseen spiritual battles have raged since the beginning of time and are not slowing down. Satan has waged a…

Obedience Over Feelings

Peace on Earth Obedience Over Feelings (Matt. 1:18-25) Joseph thought he had been betrayed by Mary and yet surrendered his personal feelings to obey God’s commands. We must submit to God’s Word to experience God’s peace. THE PROBLEM (Matt. 1:18-19) Submitting to God’s plan can often involve surrendering your reputation. Joseph chose to extend grace when he experienced disgrace. Joseph’s character was not created in that moment but revealed in that moment. THE PROMISE (matt. 1:20-23) God’s plans are promised…

Did the Angels Waste Their Words?

Peace on Earth Did the Angels Waste Their Words? (Luke 2:8-14) When the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, they told them that peace on earth had come.  As we look around us, how do we reconcile this supposed peace with the state of the world? ANNOUNCING PEACE Jesus’ birth announcement came to lowly outcasts before the religious elite (Luke 2:8). The gospel of Jesus is able to turn great fear into great joy (Luke 2:9-10). The gospel…

All Things New

The Word All Things New (Rev 21:1-8) What once was broken will be made right again. Jesus is making all things new. CONTEXT The Apostle John was exiled on the island of Patmos when he received a revelation from Jesus. Addressed to seven churches, he encouraged the people to persevere in the increasingly challenging times. Jesus sought to protect the Church from the devil’s forces whether by violence (beast), heresy (false prophet), or affluence (prostitute). CONTENT The devastating effects of…

When Jesus Sat Down

The Word When Jesus Sat Down (Heb. 10) Priests could never sit down in worship because sacrifices would always need to be offered. Once Jesus offered himself, he sat down at the right hand of God because the task was finished once and for all. CONTEXT As the early Church grew in doctrine, they saw the complete biblical picture become increasingly clearer. The unknown author of Hebrews showed Jewish believers how Jesus was the superior fulfillment for all things related…

Red and Yellow, Black and White

The Word Red and Yellow, Black and White (Eph 2:11-22) In Paul’s description of the Church in Ephesians 2, he explained that Jesus’ cross broke down sinful, ethnic boundaries we established.  How are we to combat racism within the Body of Christ? CONTEXT The early Church was originally predominately Jewish, and they initially struggled with how to accept Gentiles. At the Jerusalem Council, the leaders denounced the notion that Gentiles had to become Jewish before becoming Christians. Paul wrote to the…

Doers of the Word

The Word Doers of the Word (James 1:22-25) Learning biblical information does not guarantee biblical transformation.  We must learn how to apply the Word of God into our lives. CONTEXT The early Church spread rapidly through the power of the gospel. The apostles wrote letters to clarify doctrine and practice to the growing Church. James, the brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem Church, wrote his letter emphasizing how right doctrine leads to right duty. CONTENT Hearing God’s Word…