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Sidetracked: Three Pitfalls That Sideline Christ (Colossians 2:16-23)

Because of God’s boundless grace, our lives are hidden with Christ in God. We believe what we do not completely understand or feel. Because of this, we are tempted to establish more “certain” criteria to evaluate our spiritual state. Through a preoccupation with legalism, mysticism, or ascetism, we lose focus on Christ and become proud, self-centered, and exclusive. Join us for our…

At Home in the Mystery: Seeking Hidden Treasures in Christ (Colossians 2:1-15)

Paul urges the Colossians to be united in love, growing in understanding of God’s mystery, Christ Jesus himself. In him is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that elude humanity’s grasp. Having received Christ as Lord, the church is urged to walk in him, growing in faith, overflowing with gratitude. Join us for our “After the Through the Bible Zoom…

A Song in the Key of Life: “Stand By What You Sing” (Colossians 1:15-23)

Paul incorporates an ancient hymn of the early church into his letter to the Colossians. From this pre-Pauline liturgical work we learn much of what the early church understood Jesus to have accomplished through the cross. Join us for our “After the Through the Bible” Zoom Chat at 7:30 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83413741790​ Password is same for regulars. If you need it, contact Rich…

Pastoral Prayer: Paul’s Model for Petition (Colossians 1:9-14)

Paul writes from prison to a church he has never personally visited. He expresses his joy over their obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He delights in their faith, hope, and love. He reminds them that he prays continually for their spiritual welfare. He then prays for their deepening growth in faith and understanding. His prayer highlights importance aspects of spiritual…

The Three Theological Virtues: In Praise of Faith, Hope, and Love (Colossians 1:1-7)

Paul writes from prison to a church he has never personally visited. He expresses his joy over their obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He delights in their faith, hope, and love. Join us for our “After the Through the Bible Zoom Chat” at 7:30 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87042421327​ Password is the same for regulars. Contact Jenny or Rich if you need it.

The Christian’s Battle Cry: Praying Over the Pieces of the “Armor of God” (Ephesians 6:14-24)

Chained to Roman soldier, imprisoned for his faith, the Apostle Paul uses a soldier’s equipment to describe the virtues Christ’s followers must “put on” in order to fight the good fight of faith. Christ’s followers wage a different kind of war than the world expects – a spiritual battle of truth, righteousness, and peace. All are facets of love. Paul concludes by…

The Armor of God, Part 1: Truth, Justice, and Christ’s Way of Peace (Ephesians 6:14-15)

Paul begins his description of God’s subversive and counter-cultural “armor” by speaking of the importance of truth, justice, and peace-making. He is opposed to fighting the world’s powers in the world’s way. Instead he calls us to follow in the way of Christ and be a “soldier of truth, justice, and peace” in a world of deception, injustice, and division. Join us…