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Colossians 2:18-23

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you.Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.

Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perishwith use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence (NIV).

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Colossians 3:19

February 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them (NIV).

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Epaphras’ Prayer

In Colossians 4:12, Paul shares that Epaphras prays for their church so they can “stand firm in all the will of God.”

It requires prayer and support to follow the will of God consistently.

Watchful, Thankful, and Supportive Prayer

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

We read about three purposes of prayer in Colossians 4:2-4.

Prayer increases our watchfulness, thankfulness, and support of others.

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Paul’s Sacrifice for the word of God

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.  I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people (Colossians 1:24-26, NIV).

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Last Appearance

December 11, 2010 Leave a comment

In Colossians 4:10, we learn that Barnabas was John Mark’s cousin.

Barnabas is one of the unsung heros of the New Testament era.

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Review of Colossians

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Jesus lived the perfect life, died the perfect death, and rose again.

This changes everything.

Keep living the good life, not through your own strength, but through Jesus’ example.

Master in Heaven

January 27, 2009 Leave a comment

In verse 1, we’re reminded that we are not really in charge.

How would I treat my subordinates differently if I remembered this fact more consistently?

Outline of Colossians 4

January 26, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. Masters, be kind
  2. Live righteously
    1. Pray for Paul’s teaching ministry
    2. Act wisely toward outsiders (i.e.–non-Christians)
    3. Speak wisely
  3. Personal greetings
    1. Tychicus
    2. Onesimus
    3. Aristarchus
    4. Barnabas’s cousin Mark
    5. Jesus who is called Justus
    6. Epaphras
    7. Luke
    8. Demas
    9. The followers at Laodicea
    10. Nympha’s house church
    11. Archippus
    12. Paul’s own handwriting

Verses 1-3

January 20, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. “If” means this passage applies specifically to Christians
  2. Seek things above
  3. This implies that things “below” are of lesser importance and significance
  4. Think about Christ
  5. Reflect upon where Christ is right now
  6. What is “the right hand of God?” It sounds important and honoring, but I don’t have a handle on what this phrase means
  7. As a Christian, I have “died”
  8. If God is good, then only the bad part of me has died, not the part created in his image
  9. Since I’m human, the bad part of me can’t be completely eradicated.
  10. This would be like harvesting the wheat with the weeds: both the good and the bad would be pulled up
  11. My life is “hidden with Christ”
  12. Does this mean that my sins are not visible to God?
  13. Does this imply a level of relational intimacy with the Lord?
  14. I can rely upon Jesus to help me through tough times, not my own strength

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