Presentation on theme: "Christ is… Colossians The apostle has not visited Colossae nor Laodicea He obviously hears good things about the church at Colossae He gives them a more."— Presentation transcript:
Christ is… Colossians The apostle has not visited Colossae nor Laodicea He obviously hears good things about the church at Colossae He gives them a more advanced theological course Christ is…
God First born Creator The glue that holds everything together Head of the church Reconciler Peace maker Giver of life through death
Colossians 1 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Because Christ is… I work for Christ with the power of Christ I serve the church Loving towards the church I love the church and work for it
24 Now I rejoice in what was suffered 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. 29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.
Christ is… God Living in you therefore God lives in you Forgiving (other wise God could not live within us) The one who cancelled the unattainable code
Colossians 2 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
13 … He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
Because Christ is… Do not judge or let yourself be judge by human regulations Why do we need all the rules and regulations? Those rules sound good, don’t they? But they are of no value to us
16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 20 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:
21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. 23 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.
Christ is… The change agent The cleanser In us and that makes us want to be different We rid ourselves of the old things More than rituals
Colossians 3 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self…
Because Christ is… We wash and change our (clothing) lifestyle Be different Be at peace We serve Christ
12 …clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Because Christ is in you… Pray for yourselves, the churches and me Be careful how you interact with the world around you Study, know and understand God’s word so you are not fooled by false teachings
Colossians 4 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
Putting it all together Christ is the real deal, the whole package, the complete answer When we have Christ, we experience change because Christ cannot live in an unchanged vessel When we study and know Christ more, we are able to serve him better