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   Paul's Greeting to the Colossian Believers
   Colossians 1:1-2
Sunday Morning Service,  May 17, 2015
 
When approaching a Bible book, many Christians make the mistake of skipping the introductions. Some claim they do so in order to get to the meat of the book. For the Apostle Paul, the introduction is the road map to the rest of the epistle. More importantly, to avoid any part of God's Holy Word is to consider it non-essential. Jesus said, Man shall not live by bread alone, but BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD (Matthew 4:4). The introduction to the Book of Colossians is no exception.

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   The Preeminence of Jesus Christ
   Colossians 1:15-23
Sunday Morning Service,  March 16, 2014
 
Epaphras trusted Christ as Lord and Savior through the ministry of the Apostle Paul, who was preaching and teaching in Ephesus. Not only did he become a faithful witness in the area, but he took the gospel back to Colosse and saw to it that a church was established there. The Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle of Colossians to this church to encourage the saints to stand on a firm foundation. The false teachers wanted the saints to shift their foundation to their pagan teaching. Not only was his admonition to stand firm appropriate, but it was illustrated by the fact that Colosse sat on an earthquake zone.

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   The Preeminence of Jesus Christ
   Colossians 1:15-20
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 7, 2013
Jesus not only made us to glorify his name, he actually has set about to bring that restoration about through his bloody death on the cross. The firstborn of creation is the firstborn from the dead. The Sovereign King of all creation is also the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, all in order that we may be people who in the end still bring him the glory due his name.

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   The Preeminence of Jesus Christ
   Colossians 1:15–22
Sunday School,  August 19, 2012
 
Why does evangelism in general, and missions in specific, exist? We go out to the world because Jesus Christ is not preeminent. As a response to who He is, and as a result of what He h done, Jesus Christ must have the place of prominence in every aspect of our life.

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   Other Characters in Philemon
   Philemon 1-25; Colossians 1:7; 4:7-9
Sunday School,  December 18, 2011
It is easy, when reading the Bible, to skip over names we do not know and cannot pronounce. However, God has a purpose for each and every person named in His Word and their are many lessons we can learn from their lives. Names we will look at in today's lesson are Tychicus, Timothy, Apphia, Archippus, Epaphras, Marcus, Aristarchus and Demas.

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   Offering the Blessing
   Matthew 14:14-20; John 6:14-35; Matthew 26:26; John 9:31; Colossians 1:12, 3:17
Sunday Morning Service,  November 6, 2011
 
Jesus taught us many things about prayer in the Gospels, but He also demonstrated the importance of prayer before His followers. While we recognize that our private praying ought to be in secret, we should also recognize that our public praying will only be as good as our private praying. One aspect of our Lord’s praying that should be practiced more in our lives is that of thanksgiving, thanking God on a regular basis for all that He continues to bestow on us. Praying before a meal is a very common practice in our homes but often it becomes more of a ritual than it does sincere prayer. This is a prayer of thanksgiving and should reflect our humble praise and thankfulness to God, Who daily benefits our lives.

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   The Deity of Christ
   John 1:1; Matthew 11:25-27; Titus 2:3; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 8, 2011
The reason the doctrine of the Trinity, though veiled in the Old Testament, comes alive in the New, is the coming of Jesus Christ and His claim to deity. It was essentially the claim of Jesus that He was God which made it necessary for the church to put into workable terminology how it could be true that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are equally God, yet there is only one God. In this lesson we will not so much examine how Jesus is God; instead we will examine the key biblical texts demonstrating to us that Jesus is God.

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   Is Jesus Really All We Need?
   Colossians
Sunday Morning Service,  March 1, 2009
Since the fall of 2007, we have gone to the Colossian letter for our instruction on Lord’s Day mornings a total of 50 times under the title, “The All-Sufficiency of Christ.” Our thesis has been, “In Christ, we already have everything we need for life and godliness.” But does the letter to the Colossians support this thesis? Is the Lord Jesus Christ really all we need?

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   Trophies of God’s Redemption
   Colossians 4:7-18
Sunday Morning Service,  February 22, 2009
It may be tempting to overlook the cluster of names and instructions which appears at the close of Colossians. However, these particulars remind us that Paul is writing to real-world people in whom and through whom God is advancing the church through the redemption that is in Christ. We are instructed and challenged when we consider.

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   Concerning Those Who Are Outside - Part 2
   Colossians 4:2-6
Sunday Morning Service,  February 15, 2009
Thus far, Paul has taken the Colossians letter to encourage believers concerning their life in Christ. But now he turns his attention to those who are not in Christ. In this text we find that we have a specific responsibility toward “those who are outside,” which Paul gives to us in two major imperatives.

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   Concerning Those Who Are Outside - Part 1
   Colossians 4:2-6
Sunday Morning Service,  February 8, 2009
Thus far, Paul has taken the Colossians letter to encourage believers concerning their life in Christ. But now he turns his attention to those who are not in Christ. In this text we find that we have a specific responsibility toward “those who are outside,” which Paul gives to us in two major imperatives.

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   Our Master in Heaven
   Colossians 3:18-4:1
Sunday Morning Service,  January 25, 2009
In Colossians 4:1, Paul tells slave owners that they too have a Master in heaven. The heavenly Master, the Lord Jesus, has been mentioned no less than six times in this Haustafel, or codes for the household, teaching us that every believer ultimately serves his or her Master in heaven. Living to serve our heavenly Master is life-transforming in at least two ways.

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   The “Christian” Home – Part 4
   Colossians 3:18-4:1
Sunday Morning Service,  January 18, 2009
In a day when the biblical model of the family is under attack, we must make every effort and pray that, by God’s grace, our home is truly a Christian home. What makes a home a “Christian” home? This passage offers us two major components that define a “Christian” home.

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   Christ, the Perfect Servant
   Colossians 3:22-24
Sunday Morning Service,  January 11, 2009
As part of the household code of conduct for believers in the church, the apostle Paul includes instruction to slaves and slave owners. It cannot escape our attention, however, when Paul advises slaves, “You serve the Lord Christ,” that Jesus Himself modeled perfect servitude. Parallel to the ideas in this text, Jesus modeled three aspects of servitude which compel us to serve as He did.

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   The “Christian” Home – Part 3
   Colossians 3:18-4:1
Sunday Morning Service,  November 30, 2008
In a day when the biblical model of the family is under attack, we must make every effort and pray that, by God’s grace, our home is truly a Christian home. What makes a home a “Christian” home? This passage offers us two major components that define a “Christian” home.

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   The “Christian” Home – Part 2
   Colossians 3:18-4:1
Sunday Morning Service,  November 23, 2008
In a day when the biblical model of the family is under attack, we must make every effort and pray that, by God’s grace, our home is truly a Christian home. What makes a home a “Christian” home? This passage offers us two major components that define a “Christian” home.

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   The “Christian” Home
   Colossians 3:18-4:1
Sunday Morning Service,  November 9, 2008
In a day when the biblical model of the family is under attack, we must make every effort and pray that, by God’s grace, our home is truly a Christian home. What makes a home a “Christian” home? This passage offers us two major components that define a “Christian” home.

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   The Church as a Living Eucharist – Part 2
   Colossians 3:15-17
Sunday Morning Service,  October 19, 2008
The true people of God are always people of grateful praise. It is no surprise, then, that eucharistia—joyful thanksgiving—is a significant theme in Paul’s letters, especially his letter to the Colossians. But what does a church of joyful thanksgiving look like? What characterizes the church as a living eucharist to God?

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   The Church as a Living Eucharist – Part 1
   Colossians 3:15-17
Sunday Morning Service,  October 12, 2008
The true people of God are always people of grateful praise. It is no surprise, then, that eucharistia—joyful thanksgiving—is a significant theme in Paul’s letters, especially his letter to the Colossians. But what does a church of joyful thanksgiving look like? What characterizes the church as a living eucharist to God?

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   Church Unity: What’s at Stake?
   Colossians 3:15
Sunday Morning Service,  October 5, 2008
If there is one place the world should be able to look for peace, it is within the relationships of those in the church. In fact, when we, the church, are not unified it demeans the very testimony of Christ and the gospel we are called to proclaim. This assertion is prolific in Paul's writings, and it is suggested in our text for three reasons.

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   Clothing Ourselves with Christ – Part 3
   Colossians 3:8-14
Sunday Morning Service,  September 21, 2008
Because our “old man” has been put off and our “new man” has been put on in Christ, we are called to imitate that change by putting off sinful behavior and clothing ourselves with Christ-like behavior. As we continue to gain a fuller understanding of the implications of this new life in Christ, we must note at least three aspects of Paul’s clothing metaphor.

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   Clothing Ourselves with Christ – Part 2
   Colossians 3:8-14
Sunday Morning Service,  September 14, 2008
Because of what Christ has done for us through His death and resurrection, believers in Him are in the process of removing like a garment “old man” behaviors, and clothing themselves with “new man” behaviors, behaviors that are sourced in the resurrected life of Christ. In the principle of exchanging the old for the new, there are at least three dynamics at work.

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   Clothing Ourselves with Christ
   Colossians 3:8-14
Sunday Morning Service,  August 31, 2008
Paul teaches that believers who are walking with Christ must remove as a garment the old way of living and clothe themselves with the new. He also says the believer has removed the “old man” and has “put on the new man.” We will examine this essential teaching in three installments, beginning with a consideration of what Paul means when he speaks of the “old man” and the “new man.”

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   Spiritual Homicide
   Colossians 3:5-7
Sunday Morning Service,  August 24, 2008
When Paul begins to apply his theology in practical terms, his first word to believers is, literally, “Kill the parts of your body.” This appears to be a radical solution to the issue of sin. But when we consider the larger context of the letter, we realize that this spiritual homicide logically flows from the apostle’s teaching about life in Christ, and is essential to our understanding of how to deal with sin. We realize the importance of Paul’s instruction through three observations.

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   How to Love What You Do Not Love
   Colossians 3:1-5
Sunday Morning Service,  July 27, 2008
As we have seen in recent weeks through the study of this text, seeking and setting one’s mind upon the “above” things means, in essence, loving the above things with a fervent devotion. But how does the believer in Christ learn to love the Lord and the things of the Lord in this way? The answer to this important question will be set forth through three critical observations.

Link to "Treatise Concerning Religious Affections"
by Jonathan Edwards

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   The Life Set on Christ – Part 2
   Colossians 3:1-4
Sunday Morning Service,  July 20, 2008
Having warned the Colossian believers to leave behind the “things on the earth,” Paul urges them to be set on “things above,” for that is where Christ, who is their life, dwells. He directs them toward this life set on Christ by use of two transformational imperatives which we ourselves must obey if we are to know a Christ-centered walk with God.

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   The Life Set on Christ – Part 1
   Colossians 3:1-4
Sunday Morning Service,  July 13, 2008
Having warned the Colossian believers to leave behind the “things on the earth,” Paul urges them to be set on “things above,” for that is where Christ, who is their life, dwells. He directs them toward this life set on Christ by use of two transformational imperatives which we ourselves must obey if we are to know a Christ-centered walk with God.

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   The Centrality of Christ
   Colossians 3:1-4
Sunday Morning Service,  July 6, 2008
In this passage, Paul shifts from warning believers against a worldly sanctification that deprecates the cross work of Christ (2:20-23), to urging them to embrace a heavenly sanctification with Christ at its center (3:1-4). However, before we can appreciate the doctrine of sanctification, we must be convinced that "Christ is our life" (3:4), that at the center of our holiness is not a principle, but a Person. Paul calls our attention to this essential truth in three amazing statements.

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   Religious Worldliness – Part 2
   Colossians 2:20-23
Sunday Morning Service,  June 29, 2008
Paul warns the Colossians against those who would have them live their Christian lives by following human regulations, thus discounting the work of Christ who died to rescue them from the worthlessness of self-imposed religion. Paul appeals to them by explaining that this religious worldliness is counterproductive to the Christian life for at least three reasons.

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   Religious Worldliness – Part 1
   Colossians 2:20-23
Sunday Morning Service,  June 22, 2008
Paul warns the Colossians against those who would have them live their Christian lives by following human regulations, thus discounting the work of Christ who died to rescue them from the worthlessness of self-imposed religion. Paul appeals to them by explaining that this religious worldliness is counterproductive to the Christian life for at least three reasons.

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   The Head and the Body
   Colossians 1:18, 24; 2:10, 19
Sunday Morning Service,  June 1, 2008
In Colossians, Paul evokes a special image to speak of the relationship between Christ and His church: Christ is the Head and the church is His body. We will probe three implications of what the head-body imagery means for the church.

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   The Shadow and the Reality
   Colossians 2:16-19
Sunday Morning Service,  May 18, 2008
Now that Paul has emphasized what God has once-for-all completed through the work of Christ (2:11-15), he warns the Colossians not to fall prey to any teaching which attempts to rob the cross of its full significance and so lead them into thinking they need something more. In these verses we see why Paul says these people are grasping at shadows when they should be embracing the Reality.

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   How We Stand before God
   Colossians 1 - 2
Sunday Morning Service,  May 4, 2008
In our study of Colossians thus far, we have celebrated numerous aspects of what God has done for his church through Jesus Christ. This morning, we pause to reflect in broad terms the significance of that work for believers who are in Christ. Because of the work of Christ, we have a special standing before the Father.

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   The Security of Christ – Part 2
   Colossians 2:11-15
Sunday Morning Service,  April 27, 2008
In the face of false teaching that believers need something in addition to Christ for their spiritual stability, Paul insists that those who have come to Christ by faith need nothing more than Him. In this text, Paul demonstrates this truth by proclaiming the work of Christ for His church. Here we discover three magnificent accomplishments of Christ for us which provide the believer full security to live and serve eternally in the presence of the Father.

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   The Security of Christ – Part 1
   Colossians 2:11-15
Sunday Morning Service,  April 20, 2008
In the face of false teaching that believers need something in addition to Christ for their spiritual stability, Paul insists that those who have come to Christ by faith need nothing more than Him. In this text, Paul demonstrates this truth by proclaiming the work of Christ for His church. Here we discover three magnificent accomplishments of Christ for us which provide the believer full security to live and serve eternally in the presence of the Father.

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   Against Bad Philosophy
   Colossians 2:8
Sunday Morning Service,  April 13, 2008
Philosophy is a means by which we discern the truth about the unseen. As believers in Christ, we must take care to guard our thinking against bad philosophy. In this text, Paul warns us not to be taken captive by a philosophy which is marked by four terrible qualities.

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   En Garde!
   Colossians 2:4-23
Sunday Morning Service,  March 30, 2008
Coming to the main purpose for writing to the Colossians, Paul puts these believers on their guard against those who would lead them away from Christ alone. We too may be led away from the simplicity of Christ if we do not heed Paul’s advice which is given in three imperatives.

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   The “Mystery” in Colossians
   Colossians 1:24 - 2:3
Sunday Morning Service,  March 2, 2008
Paul explains that the Lord had commissioned him a minister of the “mystery.” This is an important term that amplifies our understanding of the letter to Colossae as well as the significance of the Lord’s Table. What does Paul mean by “mystery”?

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   Paul: A Minister of the Gospel
   Colossians 1:23 - 2:3
Sunday Morning Service,  February 24, 2008
As Paul continues to assure the Colossian believers of their personal reconciliation through Christ, the subject turns from persevering faith in the gospel to Paul himself as a minister of the gospel. In this reflection on his own ministry, there emerge three distinguishing marks of a true minister of the gospel.

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   The “If” Clause
   Colossians 1:23
Sunday Morning Service,  February 17, 2008
Paul follows up the promise that the reconciled believer is “holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight,” with these words: “If indeed you continue in the faith.” This “if” clause is at the heart of Paul’s message to the Colossians and teach us two necessary truths regarding our personal reconciliation to the Father through Christ.

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   Reconciliation Applied
   Colossians 1:21-22
Sunday Morning Service,  February 10, 2008
In recent weeks, we have considered the great hymn in verses 15-20, which exalts the Lord Jesus Christ as supreme over creation and redemption. He is the Creator of all things and the Redeemer or Reconciler of his fallen creation. But this wonderful hymn has personal application for every believer, for Paul continues by urging us to consider three components in the dynamic of our own reconciliation.

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   The Supremacy of Christ: Redemption - Part 3
   Colossians 1:19-20
Sunday Morning Service,  February 3, 2008
In the first stanza of this first-century hymn (1:15-20), Christ is supreme over the creation because all has been created in Him, through Him, and for Him. Essentially, the same reasons are offered in verses 19-20 to explain why Jesus Christ is also supreme over the redemption or the reconciliation, leading us to exalt Him as Lord over all.

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   The Supremacy of Christ: Redemption - Part 2
   Colossians 1:18
Sunday Morning Service,  January 27, 2008
Colossians 1:15-20 appears to be a first-century hymn with two parallel stanzas exalting Christ as supreme over all. In the first stanza, Christ is exalted for His work of creation; in the second, His work of re-creation, or redemption. To begin our worship of Christ as we meditate on this second stanza, we must answer the question, what language does Paul employ in order to exalt the Lord as supreme?

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   The Supremacy of Christ: Redemption - Part 1
   Colossians 1:18
Sunday Morning Service,  January 20, 2008
Colossians 1:15-20 appears to be a first-century hymn with two parallel stanzas exalting Christ as supreme over all. In the first stanza, Christ is exalted for His work of creation; in the second, His work of re-creation, or redemption. To begin our worship of Christ as we meditate on this second stanza, we must answer the question, what language does Paul employ in order to exalt the Lord as supreme?

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   The Supremacy of Christ: Creation
   Colossians 1:15-17
Sunday Morning Service,  January 13, 2008
In the first stanza of this hymn exalting Christ, He is shown to be supreme over all creation for five reasons.

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   The Two Creations
   Colossians 1:15-20
Sunday Morning Service,  January 6, 2008
Paul uses a first-century hymn to exalt Jesus Christ as Lord over two creations, the first and the new. This central feature of the work of Christ helps us to appreciate why He is indeed everything the believer needs for life and godliness.

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   Worthy of Christ - Part 3
   Colossians 1:9-14
Sunday Morning Service,  December 2, 2007
As we have seen in this text, Paul prays earnestly that the Colossians might have full knowledge of God’s will by means of “wisdom and understanding” (obedient attention to God’s Word) so that they may “walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him.” Finally, he answers the question, “How do I know if I am walking worthy of the Lord?” by highlighting four specific qualities that will be true of a believer who is walking in this way.

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   Worthy of Christ - Part 2
   Colossians 1:9-14
Sunday Morning Service,  November 25, 2007
As we saw in our last study, to walk worthy of Christ means to walk in a way that is consistent with the person we are in Him. But how do we learn to walk worthy of Christ? And how do we know when we are walking worthy? These are the questions we now turn to as we continue to examine this great prayer of the apostle Paul.

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   Worthy of Christ
   Colossians 1:9-14
Sunday Morning Service,  November 11, 2007
There are many ways we may pray for one another within the community of faith. But how does the apostle Paul pray for the Colossian believers? The heart of his prayer is found in 1:10, “That you may walk worthy of the Lord.” We will consider this great prayer beginning with the question, “What does it mean to walk worthy of the Lord?”

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   Entering into Christ: Faith
   Colossians 1:3-8
Sunday Morning Service,  October 28, 2007
In this first section of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he thanks God the Father for their entry into Christ, which is predicated upon three essential elements: grace, Word, and faith. All three must be present in a person’s life for both spiritual birth and spiritual growth. This morning, we examine the third of these essential elements, faith, about which we can make three observations from Colossians.

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   Entering into Christ: Word
   Colossians 1:3-8
Sunday Morning Service,  October 21, 2007
In this first section of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he thanks God the Father for their entry into Christ, which is predicated upon three essential elements: grace, Word, and faith. All three must be present in a person’s life for both spiritual birth and spiritual growth. This morning, we examine the second of these essential elements: word.

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   Entering into Christ: Grace
   Colossians 1:3-8
Sunday Morning Service,  October 14, 2007
In this first section of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he thanks God the Father for their entry into Christ, which is predicated upon three essential elements: grace, Word, and faith. All three must be present in a person’s life for both spiritual birth and spiritual growth. Here, we examine the first of these essential elements: grace.

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   Union with Christ: The Actuality - Part 2
   Colossians 1:26-29; John 15:1-11
Sunday Morning Service,  October 7, 2007
Last week, we saw that our union with Christ is not only the source of all of the spiritual blessings of our salvation, but also the source of the energy we need to walk in Christ. This energy is applied to the Christian life in at least two ways.

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   Union with Christ: The Actuality - Part 1
   Colossians 1:29
Sunday Morning Service,  September 30, 2007
As we have already seen, union with Christ is the source of the believer's new life as well as the source of every blessing of salvation. Although this union is called a "mystery," it nevertheless culminates in the believer's actual walk with the Lord. In other words, union with Christ is the source of the energy we need to live the Christian life. We can see the application of this energy in at least two central areas.

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   Union with Christ: The Mystery
   Colossians 1:26-27
Sunday Morning Service,  September 23, 2007
In Christ, we already have everything we need for life and godliness. But what does it mean to be "in Christ"? Understanding the mystery of our union with Christ not only aids in our grasp of Colossians, but ultimately enriches our entire walk with the Lord. Paul's "in Christ"? language in Colossians indicates that our union with Christ is the fountainhead of all of the benefits of salvation in two ways.

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   Our Identification in Christ
   Colossians 1:3-9; 4:12-13
Sunday Morning Service,  September 16, 2007
What does a life lived "in Christ" look like? Does it have any practical value? The man Epaphras, whom Paul commends to the Colossian church, is a wonderful example of what it means to "walk in Him"? (2:6). As Epaphras demonstrates, walking in Christ means that the believer finds his identity in Christ in three practical ways.

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   In Colossae, In Christ
   Colossians 1:1-2
Sunday Morning Service,  September 9, 2007
We begin a journey through Paul's epistle to the Colossians entitled, "The All-Sufficiency of Christ." Paul will urge the Colossians to pursue what God has already given them in Christ, rather than to pursue any worldly substitute. In fact, even in his brief introduction, Paul draws our attention to a dichotomy between life in the world and life in Christ. It is this comparison that begins our study of the epistle.

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   Remember Christ
   Colossians 2:13-15
Sunday Morning Service,  August 5, 2007
 
Often, to settle doubts of our salvation, we are inclined to look to our own experience, and our memory of it. Paul, however, points us to Christ, and reminds the Colossians three great truths concerning their salvation that give them, and us, hope: Our salvation is full; it has a factual foundation; and it leads to a victory that is final.

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