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“See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord” (Colossians 4:17)

October 8, 2013

These are among Paul’s final instructions to the church at Colossae to a man named Archippus (“Master of the horse”). He also mentions this man in his letter to Philemon. Apparently, Archippus was a fellow minister who needed encouragement to continue the ministry God had given him. Paul called him out on this. If Paul were writing to our church today, would he call you out to “fulfill the ministry” that the Lord has given you?

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him” (Colossians 2:6)

October 5, 2013

We received Christ freely by grace, but we forget to live according to that same amazing grace. We come to Christ totally dependent on Him for salvation, but then we attempt to live for Him with human effort, which leads to frustration, burnout, and lack of joy. We say, “I will do this great thing for God.” When we should be asking as servants, “What do you want of me today Master?”

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15)

October 4, 2013

This is one of the four Christological pillars found in the New Testament (Others are John 1:1-18, Phil. 2:5-11, Heb. 1:1-4). Do you want to catch a glimpse of the invisible God? Then, look at Jesus. Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father and Jesus replied, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Do you know this song?
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

Growing in Becoming

February 3, 2013 | Colossians 3:1-14 | discipleship

Pastor Gary Combs continues the “Healthy for Life” sermon series with this message from Colossians about how we can grow in our becoming more like Jesus. In other words, how we can cooperate with God’s work in us conforming us to the character and image of Christ.

All I Want for Christmas is Peace

December 9, 2012 | Colossians 3:15-17 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs continues the series “All I Want for Christmas…” with this message from Colossians 3:15-17 on how we can experience the peace of Christ. In a world filled with war and strife, the message of Christmas means more than a cessation of hostility. It means true peace. Peace that begins in the human heart through God’s peace offering– Jesus Christ.

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23)

October 8, 2012

Your true employer is Jesus Christ. Don’t worry about layoffs, mergers or economic slow-downs. God is your provider. With this in mind, work with all your hearts for Him, as if you were signing Christ’s name to your work. People take note of one who works wholeheartedly like this. It not only attracts them to your work, it causes them to want to hear about the One you claim to work for.

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts” (Colossians 3:16)

October 7, 2012

Paul encouraged the Colossians to fill their lives with preaching, teaching and singing about Christ. A couple thousand years later and faithful Christians are still following this pattern. Let’s go to church today and join Paul and the Colossians in worshiping the Christ!

“Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault” (Colossians 1:22)

October 5, 2012

Do you understand what God has done? The punishment that was due us has been spent on Christ’s “physical body,” so that there is none left for us. The penalty for sin has been paid in full. When we accept Christ, we are redeemed from sin’s penalty and we are reconciled to God. Christ took our sin, our separation and our death and offers us His righteousness, His Sonship and His eternal life.

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, … Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)

October 4, 2012

If you want to know what God is like, then gaze upon the face of Jesus. Read the gospels and see God’s nature revealed. Through Christ, God has created all, offers redemption and sustains all. Everything was made by Christ and for Christ. You were made for Him.