Colossians

Colossians

You Can’t Make It On Your Own

Colossians 4:7-18 You Can’t Make It On Your Own In Paul’s concluding remarks to the Colossians, he provides personal comments regarding specific ministry partners.  Within these comments, Paul models the type of friends that a disciple will need to continue towards maturity. Why Mention These People? A commitment to Jesus is a commitment to His people. Our beliefs and our behaviors were never intended to be lived out in isolation. You are deceiving yourself if you think you can live…

Make the Most of Every Evangelistic Opportunity

Colossians 4:2-6 Make the Most of Every Evangelistic Opportunity Instead of waiting for unbelievers to come to the church, the church is meant to go to the unbelievers out in the world.  By making the most of every evangelistic opportunity, disciples engage in Kingdom work by the way they pray, walk, and talk. Pray for Opportunity (Col. 4:2-4) Be devoted to a spiritually alert prayer life. Instead of praying to get out of your circumstances, pray that God will use…

Disciples in the Workplace

Colossians 3:22-4:1 Disciples in the Workplace A disciple can never clock out of Kingdom work.  Even in the workplace, Christian bosses and workers must display a different level of intentionality and productivity for the sake of discipleship. Instructions for Employees (Col. 3:22) Since you claim to follow a faithful Savior, be a faithful worker. Four Types of Employees: Justified Rebel – Don’t use your faith as an excuse for a bad work ethic. Occasional Hard-Worker – Even when your work…

Disciples in the Home

Colossians 3:18-21 Disciples in the Home Authentic discipleship moves from the church and should eventually change the home.  Disciples obey God’s commands for how families are to treat one another particularly in the relationship between husband and wife and between parent and child. Submissive Wives (Col. 3:18) Since men need significance, God calls wives to submit to their husbands. If a husband finds significance in his wife, he doesn’t have to look for it anywhere else. A submissive wife loves…

The Harmony Among Disciples

Colossians 3:12-17 The Harmony Among Disciples A tangible evidence of a maturing disciple is the loving way he or she treats other disciples.  The church should be a display of the unity that God’s presence provides among all believers. Will Broadus – Pastor of Reconcile Community Church Jesus saved Will when he was 14 years old.  He grew up in Greenville, SC and graduated from North Greenville University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  He has been preaching and teaching…

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…