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, SANCTIFICATION, GLORIFICATION
  • 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

02.21.16

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”

GOSPEL

#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)