The Gospel Surety

Pastor Jonathan Phillips continues his series on the book of Colossians, “Rooted in the Faith,” with this week’s sermon, “The Gospel Surety,” from Colossians 1:15-20.

Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)

The Preeminence of Christ

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Jesus Christ has the credentials to be our gospel surety.

  • Jesus Christ is God revealed.
  • Jesus Christ is the creator.
  • Jesus Christ is the sustainer of creation.
  • Jesus Christ is Lord.
  • Jesus Christ reconciles us to God.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • When someone makes a promise, how do you know if they will keep that promise?
  • What is the difference between creating something and sustaining it? Why is it important that Jesus does both?
  • What does it take to make enemies back into friends (to reconcile them)?
  • How does Jesus reconcile us to God?

The Sum of What We Know

Pastor Jay continues the series on War of the World – A Training Manual for “My Little Children”, with this week’s sermon “The Sum of What We Know” from 1 John 5:18-21.

1 John 5:18-21 (ESV)

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

We know the essential truths of the gospel.

  • We know how we are to live.
    • We do not keep sinning.
    • Christ protects us from the evil one.
  • We know where we come from.
    • We are from God.
    • The world lies under the power of the evil one.
  • We know the true God.
    • The Son of God has come.
      • so that we may know God.
      • so we may be in Him.
      • He is the true God and eternal life.
    • We must keep ourselves away from idols.

ETA Confidence

Pastor Jay continues the series on War of the World – A Training Manual for “My Little Children”, with this week’s sermon “ETA Confidence” from 1 John 5:13-17.

1 John 5:13-17 (ESV)

That You May Know

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.

To have Christ is to have confidence toward God.

  • We can be confident in the knowledge of our salvation.
  • We can be confident in prayers of petition.
  • We can be confident in our prayers of intercession.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • How do you know if you have eternal life? Can we be certain?
  • What does it mean to believe in the name of the Son of God?
  • What is a prayers of petition? What is a prayer of intercession?
  • What if you pray and ask for something and don’t get it?
  • What should you do if you see a fellow believer sin?

The Growth Chart

Pastor Jonathan continues the series on Colossians: Rooted in the Faith, with this week’s sermon “The Growth Chart” from Colossians 1:9-14.

Colossians 1:9-14 (ESV)

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

A maturing Christian grows in predictable ways.

  • A maturing Christian grows in knowledge of God’s will.
  • A maturing Christian grows in worthy walking.
  • A maturing Christian grows in good works.
  • A maturing Christian grows in knowledge of God.
  • A maturing Christian grows in strength.
  • A maturing Christian grows in thankfulness.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Why is it important to grow in our knowledge of God?
  • What kinds of good works should Christians be doing?
  • Sometimes it’s hard to be thankful to God. Why do you think this is?
  • Does doing the right things make you a Christian? What is the only thing that saves us, according to Ephesians 2:8-9?