Colossians 4:2-4 “Prayer – A declaration of our dependence on God”

In a society that values and encourages independence, how do we come to a place where we declare our dependence on God? In this passage Paul encourages us to come to God in prayer both for the protection of the church and for opportunities to share the Gospel, freeing us from the weight of our own responsibility and recognising our complete reliance on Him.

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Colossians 4:2-4

2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

Colossians 3:22-4:1 – “Worship when we work”

Do we worship God while we work? Is it even possible? If we spend so much of our lives working, it’s worth knowing how to worship while we do it. When we look at how we work what we see is that we are often motivated by a number of things; money, achievement, even pleasing our boss or our colleagues. Ultimately, all of these things will not satisfy us fully and will not last. Paul encourages us to glorify God through our work as we work in the light of Christ being our Lord and look to our inheritance as the reward for work. Despite many of us being aware of our failings at work, the glory of the gospel is that Jesus takes both the burdens of our shortcomings at work and provides for us the perfect ‘work’ record – We can only celebrate the goodness of Jesus Christ, and in doing so again find an opportunity to worship.

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Colossians 3:22-4:1

22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

4 Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Colossians 3:20-21 – “A Christ Centred Vision for Family”

Paul wants us to be captivated by a Christ centred vision for family. In this passage he speaks to children and parents about pursuing this vision. What we quickly come to realise is that we can’t do this alone but only through the power of the Holy Spirit as Jesus journeys with us, are we given strength to live out the truths in the passage and can experience hope and joy in our family relationships.

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Colossians 3:20-21

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Colossians 3:18-19 – the beauty of marriage and the glory of christ

Though this passage is often misunderstood, particularly with regard to the role of women in marriage, it is actually a recipe for real joy in marriage. In today’s sermon John unpacks this passage which portrays the beauty of Christ glorifying self sacrifice in marriage. We also see the wonderful truth that the loving activity of serving one another in marriage show’s people a real, tangible expression of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Son of God, Jesus Christ, who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

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Colossians 3:18-19

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

Colossians 3:12-17 – The restoration process ‘Part two’

The Restoration Process – Part 2 – Putting On.

What difference does Christ make in Communities? Should Christ make a difference in our community? If so how much of a difference? Should it be subtle? Should it be radical? In Colossians Paul unpacks the idea of a community radically transformed under the influence of Christ’s Lordship. A Christ centred community is radically transformed as people seek to restore the character of Christ in their relationships with one another, as they are influenced by Christ in their relationships with one another and as they seek to live under the Lordship of Christ in community.

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Colossians 3:12-17

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

Colossians 3:5-11 “The Restoration Process”

The Restoration Process – Part 1 – Putting Off.

What difference does Christ make in Communities? Should Christ make a difference in our community? If so how much of a difference? Should it be subtle? Should it be radical? In Colossians Paul unpacks the idea of a community radically transformed under the influence of Christ’s Lordship. A Christ centred community is radically transformed as people constantly seek to suppress the desire they have for things that don’t belong to them and as they seek to put away any hostility they have against one another.

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Colossians 3:5-11

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[b] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[c] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[d] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[e] free; but Christ is all, and in all.

Colossians 3:1-4 “Seeking The Things Above – And That Dang Dog”

In this passage we are called to seek the things above but how do we do that in reality?  John explains how.  We need to know God’s powerful work in us, desperately seek Christ and the things above, and long for the glory to come.

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Colossians 3:1-4

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your[a] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 2:16-23 “Confessions of a False Teacher”

In this passage John explains the confessions of a false teacher.  We need to be aware as if the wrong people are telling us about our spiritual condition we may lose our assurance in Christ.  John explains how we need to guard our hearts and praise God for our assurance.

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Colossians 2:16-23

16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions,[a]puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

2 Samuel 1:17-27 “A Lament for Jonathan”

In this passage David shares this lament for Jonathan.  John explains how disrupted love can be a great sadness but we need to learn how to process this in Jesus Christ.

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2 Samuel 1:17-27

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and Jonathan his son,18 and he said it[a] should be taught to the people of Judah; behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar.[b] He said:

19 “Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places!
    How the mighty have fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath,
    publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
    lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult.

21 “You mountains of Gilboa,
    let there be no dew or rain upon you,
    nor fields of offerings![c]
For there the shield of the mighty was defiled,
    the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.

22 “From the blood of the slain,
    from the fat of the mighty,
the bow of Jonathan turned not back,
    and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

23 “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely!
    In life and in death they were not divided;
they were swifter than eagles;
    they were stronger than lions.

24 “You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
    who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet,
    who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.

25 “How the mighty have fallen
    in the midst of the battle!

“Jonathan lies slain on your high places.
26     I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
very pleasant have you been to me;
    your love to me was extraordinary,
    surpassing the love of women.

27 “How the mighty have fallen,
    and the weapons of war perished!”

Psalm 42 “The Language of Spiritual Sorrow”

Seasons of Spiritual Sorrow in the Christian life happen. Psalm 42 teaches us how to communicate to God when life is hard. We can be free to be honest with God but we must remind ourselves of the hope we have which is anchored in Christ’s steadfast, immovable covenant love.

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Psalm 42

As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
    for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?[b]
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
    as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
    and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
    a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation[c] and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
    therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
    from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    at the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your waves
    have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock:
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
    my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.

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