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Colossians Part 1

Colossians Part 1

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The first part of my teaching through Colossians
The first part of my teaching through Colossians

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A Resurrection Kinda Life: The Rise Christ – The Book of Colossians (I)Introduction: Why are we doing this?
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As a Christian, it is a vital point of our life to study the Bible and to live out what itsays
1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue inthem: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
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Most Christians haven’t the faintest clue how to even approach the Bible so it ismy aim to model how to survey a Bible book to understand its contents
Quick Facts About Colossians
 
Paul’s the author. You can read the story of his conversion in Acts 7:60-8:1 and9:1-31
 
He’s writing to the church at Colosse. Colosse was a fairly large city in what is nowTurkey. Here’s a map:
 
The church seems to have been started by Epahras, who heard the Gospel fromPaul
 
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Colossians 1:5-7 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof yeheard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; (6) Which is come untoyou, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, sincethe day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: (7) As ye alsolearned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
 
Paul writes to these Christians who are under the weight of a group of falseteachers who were taking the focus off the risen Christ
 
His aim is pretty simple: to show that Christ Jesus, the risen Son of God, mustalways take pride of place in the life of the church and the believerIt is interesting that many of Paul’s epistles have this progression from a doctrinalexposition to practical application. This demonstrates a clear Biblical principle – thatdoctrinal truth leads to sound practice, not the other way around.This lesson is affirmed by none other than the Lord Jesus Himself:
John 7:17 If any man will do [the Father’s] will, he shall know of the doctrine,whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
And so, we enter into a survey of the Book of Colossians. Here’s a outline of what wewill cover in the next two weeks:
Breaking Colossians DownThe Book of Colossians breaks down cleanly into twohalves:I.
 
Doctrinal – “The Risen Christ” – Chapters 1-2II.
 
Practical – “The Risen Life” – Chapters 3-4
 
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I.
 
The Risen Christa.
 
The Person of Christb.
 
The Ministry We Have in Christc.
 
The Danger of False Teaching About ChristII.
 
The Risen Lifea.
 
It Affects Our Personal Conductb.
 
It Affects Our Life in Communityc.
 
It Affects Our Speechd.
 
It Affects Our FriendshipsBefore we dig into the book proper, I want to look at the prayer of the Apostle inchapter 1:9-14:In essence, the Apostle makes two prayer requests:1.
 
He prays that they might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will (v.9-10)2.
 
He prays that they might be strengthened with all power to endure (v.11-12)He can confidently makes these requests in the light of what God has done through HisSon in the Gospel (v. 13-14).Since this Son is the central character in our salvation, Paul now jumps into the rest of his epistles, unpacking three closely related ideas:I.
 
The Person of Christ – Colossians 1:15-23II.
 
The Ministry We Have in Christ – Colossians 1:24-2:7III.
 
The Danger of False Teaching About Christ – Colossians 2:8-23
The Person of Christ – Colossians 1:15-23:
There are six things about Christ which Paul brings out in Colossians 1:15-23:1.
 
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God - Colossians 1:15 (cf. Hebrews 1:3; 2Corinthians 4:4)2.
 
Jesus Christ is the firstborn of all creation – Colossians 1:15. (This is not sayingthat he is the first creation of God, rather that He is the pre-eminent One)3.
 
Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things – Colossians 1:16 (cf. Hebrews 1:2)4.
 
Jesus is the Head of all things – especially the Church - Colossians 1:17-185.
 
All the divine nature is perfectly displayed in Jesus – Colossians 1:19 (cf. Hebrews1:3, Colossians 2:9)

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