We began our series in Colossians by considering how the book begins and how it applies to our contemporary culture. Paul wrote this letter to address distortions of the gospel, attempts to add or subtract from the truth of Jesus Christ. In our culture, we face similar obstacles. We must keep the true gospel at the forefront, and remember that grace from God and peace with God come only through Jesus and his work on the cross.
Spend some time this week meditating on what you are most tempted to add or subtract from the message of the gospel and how Jesus alone is sufficient.
Listen to "Rejoicing in the Gospel"
PREPARING TO HEAR
This week we will consider Colossians 1:9-11. The gospel leads to sanctification, growth in holiness. Sanctification starts with a renewed mind, which means we think holy thoughts and begin to process the world through the lens of God's truth. This thinking leads to transformed lives, where we walk in truth. All of this comes from God, who works his holiness in our lives,. In order to get a better idea of the context, read Colossians 1:9-14 and think about the following questions:
- How can we be filled with the knowledge of God's will?
- Is there a difference between spiritual wisdom and understanding?
- What does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord?
- What does Paul say is the foundation for having a renewed mind and a new lifestyle (vs. 11)?
Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.
PREPARING TO SING
Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.
Order of Worship