Ephesians Study: Sons & Daughters

[Ephesians 1:1-14] 4-5 – Predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ He knew before the foundation that we would be separated. (1 Peter 4:20) He predestined us for adoption. Everyone who believes through faith is a child of God. (Galatians 3:26, John 1:12) 11 – Obtained an inheritance This inheritance is ALREADY ours […]

Philemon Study: True Forgiveness

[Philemon] Paul wrote letter to Philemon while he was in jail. Philemon’s house may be where the Colossian church met (v. 2). Philemon had a slave Onesimus (v. 16). Onesimus means “useful” or “beneficial.” Onesimus was useless to Philemon – slave who stole money and ran away. Paul converted Onesimus. Onesimus is now useful to […]

Colossians Study: Godly Living

[Colossians 3:18-21] As we run with Jesus, we continue to build godly relationships. Godly living starts at home. If you aren’t living godly at home, you won’t succeed in godly living outside of the home. Paul speaks about the importance of godly relationships in numerous letters. Husbands & wives Parents & children Masters & slaves […]

Colossians Study: Realities of Heaven

[Colossians 3:1-4] He is your life So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around […]

Colossians Study: Men of Rules

Men of Rules [Colossians 2:16-23] Let no one steal your freedom (v. 16) Legalism = slavery/bondage à Christ accomplished the Law Spiritual elitism – believed if circumcised, watched diets, observed days – then elite Asceticism (self-denial and self-modification) – Christ does more than restrain—He puts new desire within a person Let no one disqualify or […]

Colossians Study: Foolish Philosophies

[Colossians 2:1-15] Fooled by fancy talk / persuasive speech / well-crafted arguments / enticing words / smooth rhetoric / nice-sounding words / wild-goose chase (v. 4) – speech adapted to persuade, speech to lead others into error “Don’t let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may SOUND WISE, but they are ONLY […]

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 […]

More Than a Story: Kingdom-Focused

[Matthew 13] Contains EIGHT parables!! All of these parables speak about the kingdom of heaven. Parable of the Sower Readiness to hear and receive the Message of the kingdom of heaven. Three parables about growth: Weeds, Mustard Seed, Yeast/Leaven Parable of the Weeds – weeds among good seed, test between true disciples and others. Parable […]

More Than a Story: Faithfulness

[The Loaned Money: Matthew 25:14-30] Also known as the Parable of the Talents A talent is a monetary unit worth about 20 years’ worth of wages. Talent is useless if it is not used. No one is without talent. Talents given according to ability – 5, 2, 1 Responsibility – Faithful over little, set you […]

More Than a Story: Responsiveness

[Great Feast: Luke 14:15-24] In Luke 14 we see that Someone is hosting a dinner – the person is “a ruler of the Pharisees” Verses 1-6 speak about healing of a person with dropsy on the Sabbath Verses 7-11 speak about the place of honor [[PARABLE OF THE AMBITIOUS GUEST]] This parable was told to […]