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.


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.


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.


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.

Psalm 112 “The Righteous Will Never Be Moved”

Rob van Rij

People in the world around us seek happiness in lots of things: Happiness in their job, happiness in their marriage,  success, materialism, technology, alcohol, drugs…..   Psalm 112 tells us something different. Blessedness is seen in the man who fears God.   How can we fear God? How can this be a blessing? Let’s explore this psalm and be challenged  to fear God, and delight in his commands. Not just for our sake, but for God’s for he deserves to be feared.


Psalm 112

Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
    who greatly delights in his commandments!
His offspring will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
    he will be remembered forever.
He is not afraid of bad news;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steady;[b] he will not be afraid,
    until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever;
    his horn is exalted in honor.
10 The wicked man sees it and is angry;
    he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
    the desire of the wicked will perish!

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.


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.


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.


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 26 “The Steadfast of the Lord”

In Rusty’s final sermon he unpacks this Psalm and shows us what to do when we don’t feel like worshiping God.  Psalm 26 reveals the cross has declared us innocent and gives us the desire to worship.  We should meditate on the works of Christ as the cross gives us joy in worship.


Psalm 26

Vindicate me, O Lord,
    for I have walked in my integrity,
    and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
    test my heart and my mind.[a]
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
    and I walk in your faithfulness.

I do not sit with men of falsehood,
    nor do I consort with hypocrites.
I hate the assembly of evildoers,
    and I will not sit with the wicked.

I wash my hands in innocence
    and go around your altar, O Lord,
proclaiming thanksgiving aloud,
    and telling all your wondrous deeds.

O Lord, I love the habitation of your house
    and the place where your glory dwells.
Do not sweep my soul away with sinners,
    nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
10 in whose hands are evil devices,
    and whose right hands are full of bribes.

11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
    redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12 My foot stands on level ground;
    in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.

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.


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.

Psalm 11 “Our God reigns “

In this sermon Rusty leads us through Psalm 11 and shows how we can trust God with our lives even through the incredibly hard times.


Psalm 11

In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain,
for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
    they have fitted their arrow to the string
    to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
if the foundations are destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”[a]

The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord‘s throne is in heaven;
    his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
The Lord tests the righteous,
    but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
Let him rain coals on the wicked;
    fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
    the upright shall behold his face.

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