Part Two | 04.10.16

  • start setting my mind on the things above
  • Colossians 3:5-11 (Put On the New Self)
  • unless we experience Christ, we cannot face sin
  • the second we take our eyes off Christ, we will move in all directions
  • even after we experience sin and fall -> EYES ON CHRIST
  • even after we experience victory -> EYES ON CHRIST
  • past, process, overflow
  • don’t try to manage your sin; KEEP YOUR EYES ON CHRIST
  • when we don’t see in Christ, we can only see the pleasures of our sin
  • you cannot worship if you cannot surrender your heart
  • we struggle with sin because we are in this “unformed” state
  • seeing as nagging vs. recognizing the value of the warning
  • read 5:11 only through the context of v.1-4
  • this is not a call for legalism or asceticism
  • it’s a call to enjoy the gifts of Christ and never want to look back
  • idolatry is the counterpart of worship
  • whenever evil gets casted out of you, you need to fill that void with worship of the true God (because we will need a replacement before the sin comes back stronger than ever)
  • sin cannot survive on its own -> it is a leech, it needs a human to live (our hearts)
  • unless we are not enlightened about the power of God, we will not activate
  • put on my new self so I can become a blessing to those around me

Now What? Where Do We Go From Here? | 04.03.16

Colossians 3:1-4 (Put On the New Self)

  • order of salvation (how we are saved)
    • we are already saved when we accept Jesus Christ, but we are still being saved
  • When the Israelites left Egypt, they were freed from slavery, but not yet in the Promiseland
    • in the same way, we are set free from the slavery of sin, but we are not yet in Heaven
  • Justification: moment in which the things of Christ are given to us
  • Sanctification: period in which you now live to follow Christ (the wilderness when the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years)
  • the first step to sanctification is to have a renewal of the mind (SET OUR MINDS ON CHRIST)
    • Ephesians 4:23
  • before anything else, there must be a reorientation in the way we think
  • Colossians 2:21-23
    • as long as we keep trying to quit our addictions without a renewal of the mind (a change in mindset), we will FAIL
  • Instagram is conditioning the way that I think -> shape what my goals are
  • renew=start afresh (and how do I start afresh? I have to get rid of my old habits and begin with new ones WITH CHRIST)
    • listening to the Word of God (because God tells us how to live)
  • as long as we are not reading the Bible, Satan has succeeded
  • when we start the day with Word, we look at the world through the lens of what God has said
  • when we don’t start with the Word, we begin to see God through the lens of this world
  • reading the Word is not an extracurricular activity; it is part of the core-curriculum


Colossians 1:21-23

  • all things come into existence by Christ and for Christ
  • Christ holds all things together–the more we walk away from Him, the more our life begins to unravel
  • Christ displays God for us to see
  • He is the head of the church
  • He comes before all (preeminence of Christ)
  • the modern-day Christ has been watered-down –> very fragmented; we don’t believe that He has the power to move our lives
  • “I pray that Jesus will come to know Christ, that Buddhists will come to know Christ, that Muslims will come to know Christ, and that Christians will come to know Christ”


#1 condition of ourselves without Christ

#2 criteria that needs to be met to enter heaven

#3 works of Jesus Christ

  • when we are without Christ, we are alienated and hostile in mind
  • ripped apart from our Maker and condition to despise Him
  • we do evil deeds (the sins we repent are only the tip of the iceberg)
  • conditions to get into heaven: holy, blameless
  • all of us are infected with sin and live outside the walls of heaven (think of zombie movies and compounds)
  • Jesus Christ has the vaccines
  • Christ lived the life we were supposed to live, and died the death we were supposed to die
  • why was Christ born as an infant?
    • because the first 30 years of his life He lived holy, blameless and above reproach for us
  • forgiveness of our sins is not an entrance ticket into heaven
  • what happened on the cross is an exit ticket out of hell
  • a perfect life is the entrance ticket into heaven (which is why Jesus’ life substitutes ours)

The Preeminence of Christ | 02.07.16

Colossians 1:15-20

  • Why do we need Jesus in our lives (besides being forgiven of your sins)?
  • At the same level that we need Jesus to defend us in the face of God, we need Jesus right now
  • A church without Christ is no church at all
  • How evidently present is Jesus in our life?
  • faith should not be equaled with fun

#1 Because the fullness of God is in Christ

#2 Because the power of God is in Christ

#3 Because the completeness of Christians is in Christ

  • We reflect certain things about God
  • Jesus Christ defines and represents God purely
  • vague notions of God are clearly displayed through the life of Christ
  • we are able to know God and see God through Christ
  • Jesus Christ is above all powers (visible powers = government//positions of authority/invisible powers = slumber, depression, anxiety)
  • scientists can try and figure out how our universe came into existence
    • however, only Jesus knows WHY this universe came into existence
  • only Jesus can keep our lives together (He is the sustainer of life and this universe)
  • Jesus is the source of our lives
  • the further we move from Christ, the more our life begins to unravel
  • the well-being of a church is dependent on whether the people of the church look to God or not
  • pastor is like a UPS, only delivers the package (package = gospel, sender = God)