In our previous lesson, Col. 1:20 asserted that Christ would "reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven." As we move further into chapter 1, the next three verses start to expand on the idea of reconciliation. Paul tells the story of Christ, you and reconciliation through four movements in time that take us to the past, present, future and back to the present!
Sometimes nothing speaks to our hearts like a song. The beautiful words of Colossians 1:15-20 are thought to be an ancient song about Christ that Paul included in his message to the Colossians. With the Holy Spirit's stamp of approval, what we find in these verses is an eternal reminder for believers that Christ is first, most important and everything! Christ is all to us!
This lesson begins a new series focused on the book of Colossians. While written to a local church, the focus of Paul seems to be on the Christ of the church. If you take Christ out of the church you are no longer the church! In this lesson, we examine Paul's greeting which reads like a prayer of thanksgiving for them (1:3-12). But in these words, Paul really documents how Christ changed them.
There’s nothing wrong with aiming for success. However, in our culture success can become an idol and that’s a problem! In this lesson we take a look at the familiar parable of the talents and we allow Jesus to remind us our real goal should be spiritual success.
No other person influences the world like a mother. There are many things a mother can do to influence her children, but perhaps the greatest thing is to simply teach them about Jesus. In this lesson, we explore the single most important lesson a mother should teach her children: JESUS IS KING (Luke. 1:31-33).
If Christianity had a user agreement it would probably be Matt. 22:37-39. The very essence of Christianity is to love God and love others. In this lesson we analyze the context, consider the question asked by the lawyer and, of course, we consider the importance of the answer Jesus gives.
As the book of Acts begins, Luke reminds us Jesus wasn't raised to rest. In Acts 1:3-11 we are reminded of the things Jesus did after his resurrection. As for us, we are reminded a resurrected Lord requires a resurrected life. So the resurrection requires our response, which we observe in this lesson.
In the beginning, God gave life and the story of Scripture ends with God giving life again. This is best understood in the hope of the resurrection. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul devotes the whole chapter to this fundamental of Scripture. He makes important points, he answers important questions, but most importantly he tells us of the great hope we enjoy as we look forward to the resurrection from the dead.
Man's greatest question is "How can I be right with God?" I'm thankful that Paul answers that question in one of the greatest passages in the Bible: Romans 3:21-26. In this lesson, we consider how we can be right with God, despite our sin, because of God's righteousness that is manifested in the hope of the cross!
"Hope for the Future" - Even if you don't know much about the Bible, you probably know about Jeremiah 29:11. This verse has exploded in popularity in the 21st century. The reason people like this verse is because it talks about the hope of God blessing people. The problem with that is it is often thought to mean something it really doesn't mean. In this lesson, we look at what this verse doesn't mean (how it's often taken out of context) and then we try to learn some practical lesson we can take away from it about hope for the future.