Signs of Life

Pastor Jonathan starts the series on Colossians: Rooted in the Faith, with this week’s sermon “Signs of Life” from Colossians 1:1-8.

Colossians 1:1-8 (ESV)

Greeting

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

A true church is marked by certain defining characteristics.

  • A true church is marked by faith in Christ Jesus.
  • A true church is marked by love for the saints.
  • A true church is marked by a secure hope.
  • A true church bears the fruit of the gospel.
  • A true church is served by faithful ministers.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What are some things you use every day that you have faith in (like a chair, you trust they will do what they are supposed to do)?
  • What are some things we can do that shows we have faith in God? Why?
  • What can your family do to show love to someone in the church?
  • How do you see the fruit of the gospel in our church? In your family?

The Line

Pastor Jay continues the series on War of the World – A Training Manual for “My Little Children”, with this week’s sermon “The Line” from 1 John 3:10b-18.

1 John 3:10b-18 (ESV)

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Love One Another

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Brotherly love separates children of God from children of the evil one.

  • Resemblance to Cain separates you to the side of the evil one.
  • Brotherly love separates the living from the dead.
  • Brotherly love separates in obvious ways.
  • Brotherly love looks sacrificial.
  • Brotherly love looks practical.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Do we become children of God by loving the brothers?
  • What did the pastor mean by “the line”?
  • Does the example of Christ’s love encourage you or discourage you to love others?
  • What examples of this love have you experienced?

Practicing Sin

Pastor Jay continues the series on War of the World – A Training Manual for “My Little Children”, with this week’s sermon “Practicing Sin” from 1 John 3:3-10a.

1 John 3:3-10a (ESV)

And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Believers in Christ cannot simply go on practicing sin.

  • Hope in Christ motivates us to purity from the practice.
  • The mission of Christ condemns the practice.
  • Abiding in Christ is incompatible with the practice.
  • The truth of Christ sobers us about the practice.
  • The new birth in Christ contradicts the practice.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What does it mean to “practice sin”?
  • Which of these five deterrents is best in your fight against sin? Why?
  • Do we purify ourselves of does Christ purify us?
  • Where in the passage do we see the purpose and mission of Christ expressed?
  • What is the difference between sin and lawlessness?
  • In what ways so we tend to minimize the seriousness of sin in our lives?

Alienation

Pastor Jay continues the series on War of the World – A Training Manual for “My Little Children”, with this week’s sermon “Alienation” from 1 John 3:1-2.

1 John 3:1-2 (ESV)

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

We, as God’s children, should feel alienated from the world.

  • Three reasons:
  • Because His love is foreign to this world.
  • Because we are foreign to the world.
  • Because our hope is foreign to the world.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What does John mean by the “world”?
  • What is foreign about God’s love to us?
  • What is so great about being called God’s children?
  • What does it mean that the world doesn’t know us?
  • What are the two key hopes that are “not yet”?