Can you believe that next week is Thanksgiving? This is a good time of year to slow down and do a bit of reflection. We take a look at our lives and we give thanks for all of the blessings that God has given to us. Sometimes, we do not even realize everything that God has blessed us with. There are blessings that we may even take for granted. Let’s be truly grateful this Thanksgiving for everything that our Heavenly Father has given to us, His children.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from Colossians 2:6-14. The title of this sermon is: Walk in Christ.
This morning we are taking a break from James. We will be back in James next week. This morning we want to take a look at a very urgent message from the apostle Paul.
There is a term in the church world that is very troubling. The Christian Athiest. It is very discouraging to even hear the words. Those words should not even be in the same sentence. It doesn’t make sense, does it? Yet, here we are.
The term describes the average person who goes to church on Sunday and sings like God is alive. They pray like God is alive. They hear a sermon proclaiming God is alive and then they leave their church and live like God is dead.
I believe that they live like God is dead because they are dead or close to it. These are the Christians who are code blue. Look, people with joy – rejoice. People that are thankful – give thanks. People that are steadfast or standing firm – are not easily shaken or moved. So along the same lines, a person that lives like God is dead, has their faith on life support or they are in a very real need of being revived, or recharged.
You are who Christ says you are: Holy, Saint, Righteous, Redeemed. You are not identified in Christ by your mistakes. You are identified in Christ by Christ in you – the hope of glory. It is Christ in you that bonds you to Him. It is Christ in you that bonds you to other believers as brothers and sisters. It is what bonds you to your church as family.
v6. Therefore….see verses 1-5 I can say what I am about to say because of what I have already told you. All Christians have been called by Christ and received Him. Jesus is our Savior from sin, death, and wrath. Walk In Him. Christians are to make their thoughts, habits, actions, conversations, anything they engage in, their whole way of life, conform to the image of Christ.
There is no line or distinction between who you are and what you say. Daily walk with Christ – Daily have communion with Him.
Paul would not have written these words if Jesus was dead. There would be no chance of ever having the Holy Spirit in you. If Jesus was dead, you would still be making animal sacrifices in the temple for the forgiveness of your sins instead of being able to rejoice in that all of your sins, past, present, and future were covered by the blood that Jesus shed on the cross.
v7. The more we walk with Christ, the more we are rooted or grounded in Him. The deeper we are rooted, the closer our walk with Him will be. Give thanks for the people who have taught you, helped you, and established you in the faith. Be thankful for growth, conviction, correction, teaching and rebuke. A sign of maturity is how quickly you repent after you have been convicted.
We are called to Christlikeness. All through Scripture we are called to become more and more like Jesus in our actions, in our minds, in our words. We do not have time to cover all of these Scriptures today but this would be a good Bible study or Facebook video study.
We are called to holiness. Leviticus 20:26 says,
26 You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.
We are called to perfection. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus says,
48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Jesus is wanting us to get to a level of maturity where we understand that when we are faced with severe temptations, and trials that attack our deepest level of desires and passions, we know that we do not have to sin because God has provided a way out. Sin is not inevitable. You are progressing in sanctification. You are becoming more like Jesus in every way. However, when you do sin, you repent immediately. You take note. This is where you failed. This is an area that you need work in so that you can be more like Jesus in this area of your life.
You crave spending time in the Bible. You delight in being obedient to your Heavenly Father. You enjoy learning how to make your life match up to Scripture.
As you mature, what starts out as discipline becomes a delight.
v8. Study the Bible – journal, take notes. Study Scripture. Study Doctrine. Study Theology. A study of the Word leads us to the knowledge of God. It confirms our faith in Him. Studying the Bible provides you with discernment to understand what is truth and what is false teaching. Those who put their faith in things or other people have been deceived into believing lies.
Our greatest need is communion with our Heavenly Father by being in His Word daily.
Our greatest threat is our failure to be in God’s Word. Our failure in this way is significant. It slows our progress in becoming more like Jesus. We fail to be consumed by the fire that comes from God in us. We fail to have our minds transformed by the Scripture. We fail to walk in Christ Jesus, as we have received Him.
Let this not be said of us!
Taste and see that the Lord is good! Psalm 34:8
v9. The presence/fullness of God dwells no longer in a temple but in Christ. The One through whom we have salvation, regeneration, justification, sanctification, and will have glorification. Christ. The One whom we are crucified with. Christ. The One we take up our cross to follow. Christ. The One we serve by renouncing all things. That Christ. That Jesus. He is God.
v10. Renounce sin. Be reformed in your mind. Transformed. Romans 12:2
v11. Put off the old man. Put off the old self. Kill sin. Live by the Spirit. Romans 5:8
v12. Baptism – Your old life has been put to death and you also are raised in Him and you rejoice that He has given you a new life.
v13. All our sins have been forgiven.
v14. You are made new.
You are alive! Don’t just sing that God is alive. Live! Live like God is alive because He is alive! Your sins have been nailed to the cross. You are alive in Christ!
May your faith be strengthened.
May you walk in Christ as you have received Him.
May you rejoice and be abundantly glad because Jesus chose you, redeemed you, and has called you.
May you worship Him because He is holy, righteous, majestic and He is our Savior, our Lord, our Shepherd, our Sustainer, our Redeemer and our King.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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