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Sermons, Articles and News from Redemption Hill Church in Lawrence, KS

The Inferiority of False Teaching

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: April 28, 2019 | Text: Colossians 2:16-23

Sermon Summary

False teaching prompted Paul to write to the Colossians, and unfortunately it is still alive and well today. False teaching distorts, subtracts from, or adds to the gospel. It takes something good and warps it just enough to make it evil. Sometimes it comes in the form of legalism, requiring not just faith in Christ but obedience to specific standards in order to be right with God. Sometimes it comes through mysticism, that there are other means to communicate and hear from God outside of what he has provided in Scripture. And sometimes it looks like asceticism, teaching that we can get to God through our own efforts. But these forms of false teaching are dangerous, because they take away from the sufficiency and supremacy of Christ. Trust in him alone!

All Sufficient Savior

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: April 7, 2019 | Text: Colossians 2:11-15

Sermon Summary

Christ is completely sufficient - meaning he is enough. He is enough to change our heart, to forgive our sins, and to defeat our enemies. His sufficiency is paired with his supremacy - meaning he is over all. Christ's sufficiency and supremacy gives joy, purpose, and foundation to the believer's life. Christ is enough!

Complete in Christ

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 24, 2019 | Text: Colossians 2:6-9

Sermon Summary

Many things vie for our attention in life. We are bombarded with various philosophies, worldviews, pleasures, and experiences. They all want to dominate our attention and time. But the truth of the gospel is that Christ is all and is in all. Spiritual life is found only and always in Christ.

A Model of Gospel Ministry

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 10, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:24-29

Sermon Summary

Sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking that only pastors are called to gospel ministry. But Colossians 1:24-29 makes it clear that God calls every Christian to live for him. This involves suffering for Christ, proclaiming Christ, laboring for Christ, and laboring for Christ. God will accomplish his purposes in the world, but he will accomplish them through his people. Let us join with Paul in striving with all our energy to follow Christ in gospel ministry.

Reconciled to God

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: February 24, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:21-23

Sermon Summary

The message of the gospel is that all people have sinned and fallen short of God's standard. Sin alienates people from God, and leads them to hostility and evil deeds. But Jesus' death on the cross provides a way to make peace. Jesus provides reconciliation. This peace is available to all who turn to Christ in faith and repentance. Receiving the gospel is not a momentary decision with no ramifications. Believers must persist in their belief and repentance, trusting in God throughout their life. And God is faithful to bring all true believers to the end and present them holy and blameless before him.

The Preeminence of Christ Pt 1

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: February 10, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:15-20

Sermon Summary

Colossians 1:15-20 contains the main point of the entire book: the preeminence of Christ. Jesus is in all and over all. All things have come into being through him and all things are subject to him. Amidst a world that denies Christ's supremacy, and emotions that reject his preeminence, we must meditate on Christ's rightful place - above all else.

Gratitude to a Gracious Father

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: February 3, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:12-14

Sermon Summary

Colossians 1:12-14 describes what God has done for believers in salvation. God has qualified sinners to share in his inheritance as adopted sons and daughters. He has transferred us from the dark kingdom of Satan and sin and given us citizenship in the kingdom of God. All this was made possible when Jesus shed his blood for us on the cross to provide redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The greatness of God's grace leads to gratitude. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

Paul's Prayer for the Church

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 20, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:9-12

Sermon Summary

After God saves someone, he leads them on the path of sanctification, growth in holiness. Sanctification involves understanding and following the will of God, not his secret, undisclosed plan for every detail of life, but his revealed will of what pleases him. Knowing what God loves spurs believers on to love the same things, bear spiritual fruit, and endure to the end.

Rejoicing in the Gospel

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 13, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:3-8

Sermon Summary

Paul begins his letter to the Colossians by focusing on the gospel The gospel displays God's grace and power in our lives. It alone can produce faith and love in the lives of sinners. God, who alone deserves credit for salvation, is glorified in the gospel, and uses faithful men and women to spread and live out the gospel to further his glory. Members of the body of Christ have the joy and responsibility to embrace the sufficiency and power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Intro to Colossians

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 6, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:1-2

Sermon Summary

The book of Colossians centers on the supremacy of Christ. The church in Colossae was facing opposition to the gospel. Some people were distorting the gospel by adding to it, while others were distorting the gospel by subtracting from it. In our own day and age, we face the same type of opposition from people trying to distort the gospel. In light of this, we must remember that Jesus is supreme over all. Only through Jesus can we receive grace, peace, and holiness.

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