Confronting False Teaching

Text: Colossians 2:8-15 Themes Paul Has Been Confronting: Intellectualism: (2:8)  Ritualism: (2:16) Spiritualism: (2:18 & 19) Legalism: (2:20-23) All four themes are presented as substitutes for Christ. Paul’s pragmatic statement- “… walk in him …” (v. 6c), Paul’s warning- “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human…

Rooted and Built Up in Christ

“6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7) Anytime you see the word “therefore” in the Bible, it means that the context becomes important. Stop and ask, what is…

Is It Worth It?

Paul’s GENERAL Calling and Suffering: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me…

Are You Faithful To HIS Church?

“17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18a And he is the head of the body, the church.” (Colossians 1:17-18a) Noticeable Relationship Between The “Head” and The “Body” : “And he (Jesus Christ) is the head of the body, the church.” (Colossians 1:18a) “Now you are the body of…

The Gospel And The Greatness Of Christ

Colossians 1:13-23 Paul starts off with the Father. “He (the Father) has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14) “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of…

How To Express Appreciation

Text: Colossians 1:1–14 [ESV] Four Ways Paul Expresses His Appreciation: “1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers [and sisters] in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” (Colossians 1:1-2) [ESV] Important points in Paul’s opening greeting: “3…

I Surrender All

“To the man he said, “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and you ate from the tree that I commanded, ‘Don’t eat from it, cursed is the fertile land because of you; in pain you will eat from it every day of your life.” (Genesis 3:17) [CEB]

Rethinking the Conundrum of Sin

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17) [ESV] What Is Sin? Sin is described in the Bible as transgression of the law of God and rebellion against God: “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.” (1…