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Rooted

So these remaining verses of Colossians 4, at first glance, may appear slim pickings for rich teaching. But actually, if we take some time and look a little closer, I hope we'll see that what Paul is doing is providing some lived examples that put flesh on the bones of the skeleton of truth that he's been teaching in the body of the letter. We all benefit from...

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Now in verses 5 and 6, our focus this morning, his concern is still with the promotion of the Gospel and its advance in the world. Only now he seeks to enlist the Colossians themselves as evangelists. So last time in verses 2 through 4 we thought about the place, pattern, and priorities of faithful prayer. Today we’re going to think, in verses 5 and 6, about the...

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We are in a section toward the end of the letter now where Paul is applying to the Colossians’ lives the implications of what it means to be united to Jesus Christ, to be “in Christ.” Last time, beginning in verse 18 of chapter 3 through verse 1 of chapter 4, Paul spoke about the Christian family, the household, and the implications of being united to Jesus for...

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Since about the middle of chapter 2, Paul has been giving us some broad, general exhortations about the nature and character and motives and means of Christian holiness, of growing in sanctification, likeness to Jesus in our lives. Now, beginning in this second half of chapter 3, Paul already actually has been pressing into some particulars. We saw last time his concern for the life of the local...

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Paul has been offering us some general exhortations about practical Christian living and beginning in verse 18, as we'll see God-willing next week, he's going to get quite a bit more specific with some exhortations about the Christian family and the Christian household. Here he's still in the level of general principle. He has called us, we've seen, to put sin to death, verse 5, to live a...

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We’re going to be focused on the words of verses 12 through 14. Paul, really since the end of chapter 2, has begun explaining the practical implications for our Christian lives of the great truth of the believer’s union with Jesus Christ. And as we saw when last we were in Colossians in verses 5 through 11 of chapter 3, Paul has begun first with the negative implications...

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Before we read it a little, let me quickly say a word of thanks. Ed and Emily Hartman, I think, are taking a few days well deserved to recover from the busyness of Mission Conference but we do owe them a great debt, as well as Beth Archer and the Missions Conference Committee and all of you who were involved, some of you in unrecognized ways behind the...

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On Sunday mornings we have slowly been making our way through Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae. Our teaching theme, you may remember, this year is “Rooted” - learning to live from our union with Christ. And you will perhaps, at least I hope, have begun to see that’s actually a pretty good summary of the central concern of the letter of Paul to the Colossians. He...

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But the truth is, the fullness of what you need, verses 9 and 10, is in Jesus Christ. You find it in Christ. In verses 11 and 12, as we saw a few weeks ago, it seems part of the false teaching was an insistence on the need for circumcision. To really follow Jesus, they said you need to be circumcised. But Paul said, “No, no. You have...

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Pilots talk about the three axes of flight. So a plane, an airplane has three axes along which it must travel. There's roll - so the plane can move that way (front to back). There's pitch - so it can move that way (side to side). And there's yaw - so it can move that way (vertical). And a pilot needs to pay attention to the instruments in...

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Paul's great concern, his burden, is to help strengthen the faith of the Colossians. The Colossians have been under some pressure from false teaching that has crept into their church. And so in verse 6, you'll see he urges them to, having received Christ, to "walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith, just as they had been taught." He wants them to...

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Do let me direct your attention to verses 8 through 10. One of the things you’ll notice immediately if you cast your eye over these three verses is that Paul is setting up a contrast. On the one hand, there’s what he calls the philosophy of certain teachers who have been introducing their message into the Colossian church, their philosophy. And that’s in contrast to Paul’s message focused...

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Peter O’Brien, one of the commentators on this letter, says that these two verses “are the heart of the letter.” They form sort of a hinge. The first part leading up to this point, Paul uses many of the same phrases, much of the vocabulary that has been at the very heart of his message thus far is used in these two verses so there’s sort of a...

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You may remember, if you were with us last time, that Paul at the end of chapter 1 has begun to defend his ministry. There were false teachers at Colossae undermining his message, but also assaulting and undermining his ministry. He’s defending himself; he’s continuing to defend his ministry in these first five verses of chapter 2 as well, only now he really seems to bear his heart...

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There were false teachers troubling the church at Colossae and they were actually pretty skilled politicians. They realized that if they were to be effective in poaching the Colossians from Paul, stealing them from Paul and making them followers of their new teaching, they had to do more than simply attack his message; they also had to attack his ministry. "If we can make the Colossian Christians question...

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As we continue to consider Paul’s message in this letter, we have come to chapter 1 at the twenty-first verse. Chapter 1:21-23  will be our focus this morning. In verses 15 through 20, we considered these verses when last we were together, we saw Paul probably quoting a hymn to Christ that was known amongst the churches with which Paul was associated in order to turn the diamond...

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And that means verses 15 through 20 are not a detour or a diversion from the main point of the letter. Instead, they are, if you like, the molten core of Paul’s message for the Colossian Christians and for us. Christ is preeminent. He is supreme. He is everything that your heart needs. Look no further for fullness than to Jesus Christ. All fullness, he will say, resides...

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And then Paul tells us four things that characterize and marks this emerging family likeness, a life that is pleasing to God, in verses 19 through 12. Do you remember the four things? A life that is fully pleasing to God is a life that is first "bearing fruit in every good work." Secondly, it is "increasing in the knowledge of God." Thirdly, it is "being strengthened with...

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I picture myself almost as though we were walking past Paul's room and his door is slightly ajar and you can hear him on his knees pleading for the Colossians in chapter 1 verses 9 through 12. We're eavesdropping on the apostle Paul at prayer. And we get a real sense, don't we, of the heart of this man for these Christians whom he has never met personally...

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 Paul has learned of the Christians at Colossae that their faith was being shaken, undermined, assaulted by some false teaching that had begun to infect the church. There were teachers claiming real “fullness” - that was their word; Paul is going to use it repeatedly in this letter as a way to counter their error - real “fullness,” power, spiritual dynamism in the Christian life was to be...

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