Tag Archives: Colossians

What Prayer Says About Our Heart

Have you had many conversations with non-Christians lately? How did that go for you? Do you think the conversation left a sense of desire in the person’s mind to know more about you and your motivation at work or your attitude? Or, was the centerpiece of the dialogue sports or the recent elections? Did you pray before the conversation…or had you been praying for this person for some time? How should we interact with outsiders? How should we pray for the lost?

This week at Redeemer, we will be considering Prayer and the Gospel, from Colossians 4:2-18. Paul exhorts the Colossians to be devoted to prayer with an attitude of thanksgiving (verse 2). But at the same time, we should be praying for God to “open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ…(verse 3)” Paul says that as we are praying we should also be “conducting ourselves with wisdom toward outsiders…making the most of every opportunity…seasoning our speech with salt. (verses 5-6)”

So, are you frustrated with evangelism? Have you been fervent in your prayers for the lost? Have you been devoted to prayer and thanksgiving for who God is for us in Jesus Christ? Do you look to make the most of every conversation, hoping that God will open a door for the gospel? What would it look like for you to begin to approach your conversations with non-Christians with wisdom? Join us this week as we consider these things, praying that the Lord would indeed open a door for His Word to be revealed!

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What Rules In Your Heart? (The Gospel and Forgiveness in Colossians)

When was the last time that you were angry at another person? Think through the scenario again…what did they do to cause you to be angry? What was your thought process? Was the issue quickly resolved or did in linger on…is it still lingering? Was the gospel at the forefront of your thinking as you considered the situation? Why is forgiveness so unnatural for us? I mean, can you really see yourself being perfectly innocent of any crime, and yet being executed for the crimes of others, and then forgiving them on the spot? I think the reason that forgiveness seems so unnatural is because it is! One of Paul’s goals in Colossians is to demonstrate that forgiveness is a necessary implication of the Gospel and those who have been raised to new life are those clothed in compassion, kindness, humility and patience. Is this a description of you?

Our sermon his week at Redeemer is entitled Seek the Things Above, from Colossians 3:1-17. Keeping with the theme of Colossians, Paul centers his instruction firmly on the Gospel. He does not say “grit your teeth and forgive others,” or “just do it.” He reminds those who are struggling with forgiveness to consider their own former state. People who were “immoral, impure, greedy and evil,” characterized by “anger, wrath, malice, slander and abusive speech from their mouths.” Notice how this latter list of sins are all responses that we have to others. Someone wrongs us and we respond in anger. Someone talks about me, and I talk about them. Someone raises their voice to me, I can play that game too! Paul says that we should consider our bodies dead to this sort of behavior! But how? Consider verses 12-13: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 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.” Remember that Paul is writing to a church. These are Christians who need to put on and put off–this is not natural or automatic!

Let me ask you: How much have you been forgiven? What have you “brought to the table” in your own conversion? What is ruling in your heart–the peace of Christ or your desire to be right? None of us can say that we live this way consistently, but that is no excuse to hold on to bitterness and hope for revenge. How are you being made more like Christ when you are wronged? Join us this week as we seek to “let the word of Christ dwell richly within us with all wisdom, (that we may be) teaching and admonishing one another…singing with thankfulness in our hearts!”

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Good Old Days?

Have you ever heard someone say “I wish we could go back to the good old days?” This is a common response to a terrible story on the news or to a local scandal that holds our attention. But were there really any “good” old days? Or have we really had the same problems, the same rebellion and the same corruption for hundreds and thousands of years? Of course culture changes and people change with it, but I don’t think the central problem in our lives has ever really changed. We are sinners, therefore we sin. And apart from Christ, there is no hope! Thank God that is not the end of the story.

This week at Redeemer we will be continuing in our Colossians series, with Billy Newhouse, with Completion in Christ and the Freedom He Brings from Colossians 2:6-23. The problem that Paul is focusing on with the church at Colosse is not very different than what we see today in our own local churches, in our own lives. There were people in the church who were combining the Gospel of Jesus Christ with their own religious habits and principles. They were saying things like “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” Of course Paul’s concern is that people be trusting in the true gospel and not in their own abstinence from certain pleasures or religious morality! What makes this so compelling is that Paul argues that these “means” to holiness will fail every time–but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh! (verse 23)

So how can we stop the indulgences of the flesh? How should we view our task of living in this world and yet not being of the world? Paul reminds the Christians at Colosse that “in Him you have been made complete…” Why do people who have been made complete continue to try to add on to the gift they’ve received? Why are we so prone to grab a sliver of glory for ourselves? Join us this week as we consider the implications of being free to live, obey and die for the King of Kings!

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New Sermon from Colossians

My friend and co-laborer in Christ, Billy Newhouse, recently preached a sermon at Redeemer on Colossians 1:1-20 entitled “Christ and the Gospel are Supreme.” I was not in attendance for the sermon, but as I listened to it online and I found myself rejoicing in the gospel!

I highly recommend that you listen to this sermon! You can access it here.

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