Colossians Study: Ministry to Maturity

[Colossians 1:21-29] 1) Must stay DEEPLY ROOTED and FIRM IN FAITH (v. 23a) 2) Must NOT GIVE UP HOPE received (v. 23b) Warn every man Teach every man all wisdom Present every man mature in Christ 3) Must PREACH COMPLETE MESSAGE (v. 25) plērōsai (play-ro’-o) Fulfill, complete, to make full, full to individual capacity In […]

Colossians Study: Lord Of All

[Colossians 1:15-20] LORD is most used NT term to identify Jesus (over 600 times) Savior only used about 25 times in NT Jesus is Lord (Kurios Iesous) – Creedal Affirmation / Confession of faith Jesus is a Lord – many of the Colossians accepted Jesus as a Lord—but it’s different from Him being the They […]

Colossians Study: The Will of God

[Colossians 1:9-14] Prayed for: “Wise minds and spirits attuned to His will” [MSG] “All the wisdom & understanding that His Spirit gives” [CEV] “God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding” [NLT] Prayed for: Practical Obedience (1:10) – Knowledge & obedience go together True spiritual wisdom […]

Colossians Study: The Gospel Truth

[Colossians 1:1-8] The Gospel is… Good News of God (v. 5) The Word of Truth (v. 6) The Message of God’s Grace (v. 6) Centered in a person – Jesus (v. 4) Universal – It is for the whole world (v. 6) Humanly transmitted (v. 7) Productive – Multiplies (v. 6) People believed. People were […]

Reserved Hope

Reservations are great. It is awesome when you can make a reservation to be sure you have a spot. I remember reserving particular classes. I enjoy reserving a hotel room so I know when I’m traveling that I have the comfort of a nice room waiting for me. My son loves to reserve new video […]

Drawn to Him

When you look at Luke 15, there are three parables Jesus told. The Parable of the Lost Sheep speaks of seeking out this one lost sheep. There were 99 sheep left in open country to hunt down this one lost sheep. In the Parable of the Lost Coin, there was one coin lost. The woman […]

Fit and Qualified

I can ramble off a list of things I can do, thing I am qualified to do because of some training or experience. I’m sure you have some certificates stashed away that say you are qualified to do particular tasks. But when it comes to serving God’s Kingdom, none of us is qualified to serve—God […]

Absolute Trust

It is difficult to trust people. I see young children with so much trust of their parents. Like this past weekend, I saw photos of children holding sparklers with their father or mother guiding their hands. The kids trust their parents. They have confidence that their parents want their best and that they are looking […]

More Than a Story: Fruitfulness

[The Unproductive Fig Tree: Luke 13:6-9, Withered Fig Tree: Matthew 21:18-22] Colossians 1:9-10 – “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that […]