Ephesians Study: Love of Christ

[Ephesians 3:14-19] “And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of … Continue reading Ephesians Study: Love of Christ

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 … Continue reading Ephesians Study: Sons & Daughters

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 Philemon and Paul. (v. 11).Though Onesimus … Continue reading Philemon Study: True Forgiveness

Colossians Study: Good Words

[Colossians 4:1-18] 5- 6 [CEV] “When you are with unbelievers, always make good use of the time. Be pleasant and hold their interest when you speak the message. Choose your words carefully and be ready to give answers to anyone who asks questions.” Always make good use of time Walk in wisdom. Use your head. … Continue reading Colossians Study: Good Words

Colossians Study: Worship Works

[Colossians 3:22-25] "What you think about you care about What you care about you chase" “Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full … Continue reading Colossians Study: Worship Works

Colossians Study: Taking Responsibility

[Colossians 3:5-14] [V. 5] THEREFORE consider dead… Because you are alive with Christ – seek things above (v. 1-4)Because we died with Christ Put off earthly life / past sin Put on Christ (clothe yourselves) Result – more like Christ [V. 5] Consider dead to… Immorality – “porneia” – where word pornography comes Includes fornication, … Continue reading Colossians Study: Taking Responsibility

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 … Continue reading Colossians Study: Men of Rules

Colossians Study: Ministry to Maturity

[Colossians 1:21-29] 1) Must stay DEEPLY ROOTED and FIRM IN FAITH (v. 23a) 2) Must NOT GIVE UP HOPE received (v. 23b) Warn every manTeach every man all wisdomPresent every man mature in Christ 3) Must PREACH COMPLETE MESSAGE (v. 25) plērōsai (play-ro'-o) Fulfill, complete, to make full, full to individual capacity In its fullness … Continue reading Colossians Study: Ministry to Maturity

Colossians Study: The Will of God

[Colossians 1:9-14] Prayed for: “Wise minds and spirits attuned to His will” [MSG] “All the wisdom & understanding that His Spirit gives” [CEV] “God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding” [NLT] Prayed for: Practical Obedience (1:10) – Knowledge & obedience go together True spiritual wisdom … Continue reading Colossians Study: The Will of God

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 discipled. People were faithful in Christ. … Continue reading Colossians Study: The Gospel Truth