Sunday School | Colossians 1:1-14 | Bro. Steve Dawson I. The credentials of the one praying (vs. 1-2)
-apostle BY the will of God (He was chosen)
II. The character of the ones prayed for (vs. 3-8)
-vs. 4: Faith in Christ (He never changes), love for brothers and sisters (stamp of approval on love for the Lord)
-vs. 5: Future hope of something beyond this life (hoping in the right thing, HIM!)
-vs. 6: The True Gospel continues to grow in the world and in you. (Grow in the Word. Dig for gold!) The Bible is shallow enough for a child to wade through it safely, yet deep enough for the most experienced diver to never reach the bottom.
-Their church was growing, growing in depth, not necessarily in number.
III. The content of the prayer (vs. 9-14)
-vs. 9-10: Wisdom to apply what you know
-vs. 11-14: Praying for all these things so you can GLORIFY GOD! Walk worthy of what He has done for you.
*Pray this way for people and pray that God will prepare their path.
Morning Worship | I Corinthians 11:23-34 | Pastor Steve Wainright -The Lord’s Supper restates your salvation.
John 6:51-63- Bread of Life>Symbolism; Take Christ by faith. The flesh profits nothing.
John 13- His betrayal (a dark scene, but a beautiful picture of how God’s omnipotence triumphs over sinfulness). The glory of God shines even brighter on the backdrop of sin. (ex.: Joseph’s life or David’s sin that involved adultery, murder, and lying brought us Psalm 51)
vs. 23: He took bread. Passover. (Luke 22:20- Old covenant done away with; no more need for sacrifice)
-Purpose of the Lord’s Supper: Remember
vs. 24-25: Not observing it=disobedient.
Broken for you. Colossians 1:5=for you. Colossians 1:7,9=for you. He lived a perfect life for you. He suffered for you. He died for you. He rose again for you. He lives to make intercession for you. So, remember Him.
vs. 26: Remembering that He died for your sins. Remembering He lived a perfect life for you. Refreshing your committment to Him. Proclaims the Gospel.
vs. 27-32: Preparation for it.
vs. 27: Unworthy (nobody is worthy)=going throug the motions, refuse to repent, lack of respect and love to other brothers and sisters= dishonors Christ
vs. 28: Examine yourself. Get yoruself right with God.
vs. 29-32: Serious consequences.
“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” -Colossians 1:28-29
“Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.” –Corrie ten Boom
It was another big day filled with reminders of the importance of Christ’s resurrection, preeminence and will for our lives! Here’s a recap for you, which is by no means extensive!
Devotion Bro. Paul Johnson “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” –Ephesians 6:11 I always need to be reminded that I am in a spiritual battle. I know that, but it is easy to forget it sometimes.
Sunday School Bro. Steve Dawson “…Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” –John 20:29 Such a great promise for us! “What more can He say than to you He hath said?!” This lesson was packed too full of nutrients for me to fully digest them all!
Sunday Morning Worship Pastor Steve Wainright “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” –Colossians 1:17 Another nutrient-packed message! Christ is preeminent in creation (vs. 16-17) and Christ is preeminent in redemption (vs. 18-20). Is Jesus Christ preeminent in your life, your all in all?
Sunday Evening Worship Pastor Steve Wainright “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” -Psalm 32:8
I’m so glad God has given us His Word to help us discern His will, though it was interesting to hear about the urim and thummim! Remember to read, study and obey His Word. Then examine the desires and opportunities in your life along with your gifts and talents. Pray and seek His face. Trust in His providence. Wait on the Lord until He gives directions. (James 1:5, Psalm 27:14, Psalm 32:8)
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And a sidenote, the kids did such a great job tonight singing “God is so Good!” Their voice singing praises to the King were a blessing to listen to. I hope you bring your kids next week to participate at 5:45 p.m.
One of those Sundays where my notes don’t do anything justice! How do you narrow so many good verses into the one that sums up the point that hit me hardest? I don’t know. I can’t, but I tried.
Sunday School John 19: The Death of Christ “Behold the man upon the cross, my guilt upon His shoulders, ashamed I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers. It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished. His dying breath has brought me life. I know that it is finished!!!!” -from “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”
Sunday Morning “…giving thanksto the Father, who has qualified youto share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” –Colossians 1:12-14
Sunday Evening “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands…” -Isaiah 49:16 (This was in reference to the stones worn by the High Priest…in relation to Jesus our High Priest! You’ll just have to listen to it!)
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What a blessing to have the Stantons there for the evening service. It was their last service in the States before they return to Peru on Thursday after a long, hard year where they have learned to trust God even more. Oh, the excitement in their faces was priceless! I wanted to bottle it up (or go with them…you know)!