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