Colossians 2:6-10 :: In Him

February 22, 2015

St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Montgomery, IL  ::  February 22, 2015  ::  Colossians 2:6-10

In reference to Colossians 2 - our text today - John MacArthur says that every man is either “Captured by philosophy” or “Complete in Christ.”

And I believe him! Because the Gospel is either TRUTH or it is not. And if the Gospel is the TRUTH, then everything else is just everything else.

Colossians 2:1-5 :: Knit Together in Love

February 15, 2015

St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Montgomery, IL  ::  February 15, 2015  ::  Colossians 2:1-5

Paul writes to the church that bears the name of Jesus and says he desires to see us miraculously UNIFIED in order to be protected against corruption of the true Gospel. Strengthened in heart and mind, encouraging one another. Knit together in love. And living in such confidence in our faith that we have courage to live Christ-like lives.

Colossians 1:19-23 :: Blood and Reconciliation

February 1, 2015

St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Montgomery, IL  ::  February 1, 2015  ::  Colossians 1:19-23

Everyone begins life alone. Our minds are set against God's authority. And we hate Him. We begin life warring against Him.

What a wonder it is to see enemy combatants transformed into friends of God. That's what reconciliation looks like. The world is transformed. All of nature, the cosmos, the heavens, and you... Christ is reconciling everything. By the blood of Jesus, enemies become friends.

Colossians 1:15-19 :: He is First

January 25, 2015

St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Montgomery, IL  ::  January 25, 2015  ::  Colossians 1:15-19

Today was the third message in our look into Paul's letter to the Colossians, and it lays out the central theme of the book: HE IS FIRST. You life also has a central theme: SOMETHING is first... What is it?

Colossians 1:1-8 :: Grace and Peace, Faith, Love, and Hope

January 11, 2015

 

St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Montgomery, IL  ::  January 11, 2015  ::  Colossians 1:1-8

Today we began a study of Paul's letter to the Colossians, focusing on the first 8 verses. Paul starts all of his letters with a nod to our deepest need and our deepest yearning - the Grace of God that leads to the peace we all long for. As he begins this letter to the baptized saints in Colossae, Paul thanks God for the evidence of the hope they share - the kind of resolute and certain hope that bolsters faith and undergirds life-changing love for one another.