As we have been journeying through Colossians we have seen that there were many ideas, philosophies and religions competing for the hearts and minds of the Colossian Christians. This morning we see another of Paul’s pleas to reject these in favour of Christ alone. Pastor Joe takes these truths and applies them to the problems that the church today has with evangelism.
Sometimes we find it hard to be motivated in our faith. One of the biggest issues in the church today is apathy or mediocrity. This morning as we continue in Colossians we take a look at what motivated the Apostle Paul and learn some wonderful truths about our faith that will draw us out of complacency and into a vibrant life of following Christ.
So often we can feel guilty for not being able to squeeze Jesus into our lives somewhere. In the busyness of our lives with all our responsibilities and desires competing for our attention it is often hard to make room for Jesus. When Paul wrote this letter to the Colossian Christians his desire was to present Jesus in such a way that He would be seen as supreme over all the things that compete for our attention. This morning Pastor…
This morning we begin a new series in Colossians. Paul is writing to a church he didn’t plant but a church that he had a huge investment in because he had led the church planter to Christ. In this letter Paul reminds the Christians in Colossae of the supremacy of Christ and the blessing that is for this world and their lives. But today we start by looking at the joy and thankfulness that overflows in Paul’s heart when he hears about the work of the gospel in Colossae. Perhaps there is a need for us to be thankful as well.
In the final message of our singing series Pastor Joe turns our attention to how it is we should sing as a congregation. He looks at the interplay between the truths we believe, the emotions we feel and the responses we express to imagine what our services would be like if we really expressed the gospel in song.
Last week we saw why it is that God calls us to be a community of song. He has given us something to sing about; the most glorious thing; redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus. This week we go on to see the blessings that singing together brings to our community and hence why it is not just a tradition or an enjoyment but a necessity in the life of the church.
Week by week we come to church and we stand and sing. It is something we assume will be part of our church experience and therefore it is something we often take for granted. How regularly do you think about why we sing in church? Pastor Joe begins this new series and seeks to answer this question by investigating one of the most important songs in Israel’s history. In this song we discover why it is that God wants His…
As we finish our series on the life of Jesus we come across an amazing encounter between Jesus and two of His disciples. They walk on a road with heavy hearts from the fact their hopes were shattered by Jesus’ death, but as Jesus walks with them and gently teaches them something amazing happens. At the end of this encounter the heavy-hearted disciples end up with a renewed passion that challenges where our own hearts are at.
We saw on Friday that Jesus suffered the greatest act of injustice ever perpetrated against an individual resulting in His death in our place. Well His body was taken and placed in a tomb for burial. Sometimes we feel as though our lives are a bit like Jesus’ friends… trapped in a small room and burning with gut-wrenching hopelessness about where we are at. Well as the sun rose that Sunday morning everything changed… for the disciples and us!