Jesus Is Great!—Colossians 1:14-17

INTRODUCTION 

 

I remember reading a story about a pastor who preached on Isaiah 6 and Isaiah’s vision of God in His throne—

 

1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: The whole earth is full of his glory. (Isaiah 6:1–3)

 

The pastor decided that he would simply preach on the holiness and greatness of God. He would not give one word of application, just focus on displaying a great God as clearly as he could. He preached and the people accepted it as a fine sermon, but nothing unusual.

 

Many weeks later, a father came to him and told him that their child had been sexually abused by a close relative. 

 

The father said the past few months had been the hardest of his life. He said, “Do you know what has gotten me through? That vision of God’s greatness that you gave me back in January.”

 

Well, I am trying not to expect the same response from anyone about this message! At the same time, I feel driven to show you a picture of Jesus and His greatness—to help us in difficult times. To do that, we are going to look at Colossians 1:14-17.

 

14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Colossians 1:14–17)

 

Jesus is great! Amen!

 

Why is Jesus great? Let me draw out five reasons from this text:

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Raised With Christ—Colossians 2:12-14

INTRODUCTION 

 

I recently read about a liberal preacher who said that we don’t have time to preach about the empty tomb, because there are more important things to preach about!

 

No true Christian would say that, because Christ’s empty tomb—His resurrection—is the most important thing! The question we want to ponder today is this, ”Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important for Christians?” 

 

Last time we were looking at Colossians 2, and this Resurrection Sunday, we’ll return there. Remember that, in his letter to the Colossians, Paul was warning his readers about false teachers who were saying that Christ was not enough. More was necessary: secret knowledge, Old Testament rules and traditions, and even the worship of angels. 

 

Last time we learned that Christ was enough and we are complete in Christ. Now, we are going to pick up where we left off. Turn to Colossians 2. We will only be looking at verses 12-14, but let’s read the verses fore and aft as well. 

 

11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:11–15)

 

Amen!

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Christ Is Enough And We Are Complete In Him—Colossians 2:6-10

INTRODUCTION 

 

Turn in your Bible to Colossians 2. 

 

If you were offered, free of charge, a rusty old car or a brand-new SUV, which would you choose? 

 

If you were offered a job that paid minimum wage or a job that paid four times that with benefits, which would you choose?

 

If you were told that you could shop for an hour in any store and take away whatever you liked, would you choose a second-hand store or an upscale department store? 

 

The answers here are obvious. You would be foolish to settle for the lesser when the greater is available to you. 

 

But so often, we settle for less when it comes to our theology. When it comes to our relationship with Jesus Christ. We have have the riches of Christ available to us, but we settle for the world’s philosophies in many areas of our lives. 

 

In the book of Colossians, Paul is writing to Christians who were in danger of settling for less.

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Jesus Is Great! — Colossians 1:15-17

 

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Levi Durfey 

 

Alexander the Great is considered one of the most successful generals of all time. But he died at the young age of 32 and his empire was divided up several different ways. Maybe he wasn’t so great after all.

 

Here’s some more people who have “the great” tacked onto their names—see how many you know: 

 

Peter the Great (1672–1725), Catherine the Great (1729–1796), Roman the Great (after 1160–1205), Frederick the Great (1712–1786), Mubarak the Great (1840–1915), and Charlemagne, a.k.a., Charles the Great (died 814). 

 

How did you do? Remember any? Even if you remembered some of them from history class, how many of them really influence us today?How many really deserve to have “great” tacked on their names? None. Zip.

 

Now, it’s true that there are people from history whose influence still is felt today. Muhammad, Buddha, Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln, just to name a few. But are they really great? Didn’t they do bad things as well as good things in their lives? Were they perfect? Did they have godly ideas? 

 

There is only one person who can truly be called great, and that is Jesus. And Jesus is great in ways that no human being could even come close to being great.  I mean, first, our text tells us that…

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Thankfully Letting Jesus Have His Way In Your Life—Colossians 3:15-17

Series: Seasonal Attitudes To Have All Year Long

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

This Thanksgiving and Christmas season we are looking at several attitudes that Christians should have, and have all year long. That’s why I’m coming this series: “Seasonal Attitudes To Have All Year Long.” The attitudes that we’re looking at are ones that we need to remember especially during the holidays. We looked at contentment last time, which is going to be extremely important for some people on Black Friday! 

 

This time we’re going to pick up the attitude of being thankful, especially as it has to do with living out the Christian life. In Colossians 3:12-17, the apostle Paul describes the life of the new man that every Christian is supposed to put on.

 

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:12–17)

 

We want to look at the latter half of this passage, verses 15-17, which commands, in three different ways, for us to let Jesus have his way in our lives. Along with these commands, we are also given the attitude in which we are to perform them—an attitude of thankfulness.

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Sermon: Our Response To God’s Rescue And Relocation Operation

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Levi Durfey

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INTRODUCTION

 

Fall Harvest Sunday is like a Thanksgiving Day just for our church. We take a special offering; we have a large, wonderful, fellowship meal together. But it’s all about giving thanks to the Lord. 

 

What should we give thanks to God for? The Bible says everything, but often we focus on thanking the Lord for our family, or for providing the physical necessities of life. Those are fine things to thank God for, but here in Colossians 1, we will find the most important thing to thank God for.

 

We’ll be looking at verses 12-14, but we need to step back a couple verses to get the context.

 

9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; (Colossians 1:9–11)

 

In this chapter, Paul has been praying for the Christians at Colossae, and one of his prayer requests is, in verse 10, that they “walk worthy of the Lord.” 

 

A worthy life, he says, will be “fruitful in every good work…increasing in the knowledge of God…Strengthened…according to his glorious power.” But that’s not all. A Christian living a life worthy of the Lord will also be…

 

12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (Colossians 1:12–14)

 

Paul prays that Christians walk worthy of the Lord, in part, by… Continue reading