Suffering With Him Makes the Word Heard

December 27, 2015 Speaker: Nathan Phillips Series: Colossians | The Core

Topic: New Testament Expository Passage: Colossians 1:24–1:26

We live in a culture that doesn't acknowledge the centrality and sufficiency of Christ. The reality is that many who call themselves Christians do not fully comprehend how central Jesus is in all of creation, and how his centrality should affect every area of our lives. Because of this some believers don't have a solid grasp of the gospel and they're easily shaken when others challenge the exclusive truth claims of Scripture. Other Christians don't live Christ-centered lives, or don't give Him the position of preeminence.

It is our hope that through this series we can echo Charles Spurgeon who beautifully articulated the reality of Christ’s centrality and exaltation:

“Look at him! Can your imagination picture him? Behold his transcendent glory! The majesty of kings is swallowed up; the pomp of empires dissolves like the white mist of the morning before the sun; the brightness of assembled armies is eclipsed. He in himself is brighter than the sun, more terrible than armies with banners. See him! See him! O! Hide your heads, you kings; put away your gaudy pageantry, you lords of this poor narrow earth! His kingdom knows no bounds; without a limit his vast empire stretches out itself. Above him all is his; beneath him many a step are angels, and they are his; and they cast their crowns before his feet. With them stand his elect and ransomed, and their crowns too are his.”

CORE: LIVING WITH JESUS AT THE CENTER

 Sermon Title

 Scripture

Living with Jesus at the Center   Colossians 1:15-20
Welcome to Colossae, USA  Colossians 1:1-8
Thankful for Growth and Grace  Colossians 1:3-8
What to Pray for People You Love   Colossians 1:9-14
Supreme Over Creation  Colossians 1:15-16 
Jesus Hymn: Sovereign, Source, Savior   Colossians 1:17-18 

Revealing the Grand Plan of Reconciliation

 Colossians 1:19-20
Don't Let Go of the Gospel  Colossians 1:21-23

 

ORBIT: JESUS-CENTERED MINISTRY

 Sermon Title

 Scripture

Suffering With Him Makes the Word Heard  Colossians 1:24-26
The Ministry of Mystery  Colossians 1:28-29
To Be or Not to Be Mature?  Colossians 2: 1-5
Rooted In Him  Colossians 2:6-7

 

ORBIT: JESUS-CENTERED THINKING

 Sermon Title

 Scripture

Filled With the Fullness of Jesus   Colossians 2:8-10
Raised With Him Through Faith  Colossians 2:11-12
From Death to Life  Colossians 2:13-15
Don't Be Afraid of Shadows  Colossians 2:16-19
Why Man-Made Rules Don't Work   Colossians 2:20-23
What Do You Live For?  Colossians 3:1-4

 

ORBIT: JESUS-CENTERED LIVING

 Sermon Title

 Scripture

Live by Dying  Colossians 3:5-7
New Man or Old Man?  Colossians 3:8-11
Putting on the New  Colossians 3:12-14
Consistently Christian   Colossians 3:15-17
Jesus-Centered Families  Colossians 3:18-21
Is Jesus-Centeredness Culturally Relevant?  Colossians 3:18-4:1

Jesus-Centered Living is Other-Focused Living

 Colossians 4:2-6
Grateful to Labor Together  Colossians 4:7-15
 Goodbye Colossians  Colossians 4:16-18