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Monday, August 24, 2009

New Series - Christianity 101 - The Book of Colossians

At the beginning of the month, I started a new series at the Orangecrest High School study. We have started the book of Colossians. The series is called Christianity 101. The Colossians needed to know the basic, foundational, and essential truths regarding Jesus Christ and Him crucified. There was a lot of heresy floating around in the city of Colosse in Paul's day, and it came to a point where it was getting into the church. Therefore, the faithful pastor of Colosse named Epaphras (Col. 1:7) traveled to Rome to see the Apostle Paul in prison. Paul then writes several epistles together (Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon) and sends Tychicus, who is one of Paul's disciple's and friend, to deliver the epistles to the churches.

Paul writes to the Colossians about everything regarding the supreme, sovereign, and satisfying work of Jesus Christ. His main goal through writing this letter to the Colossians was to disprove the false teachings and help them understand that basics about Christianity: Jesus is God (1:15) Jesus is preeminent (1:18) We are complete in Christ (2:10) We are free in Christ (2:13-15). Knowing these matters doctrinally, Paul encouraged them practically: Be heavenly minded (3:2) Put off the works of the flesh (3:5,8) Put on love (3:14) Study the word and worship the Lord (3:16) Do everything for the glory of God (3:17) Have a Christ centered family (3:18-21) Have a Christ centered business (3:22-4:1) Pray always (4:2) and Speak in love (4:6).
I'm stoked that God has laid this book on my heart to teach. The book has grown my faith deeper for sure. It has so many good Scriptures in it to memorize, and to water the ones I already know with fresh life. God bless you guys and have a good week!!!

1 comment:

joppoman said...

I love Colossians; I usually can't help but allude to it here and there. What an exciting study; it will be encouraging to see your future posts.

What is your favorite subject in Christian Studies?