Main Text: Matthew 16:13-18
PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS TALKING
People are always talking about Jesus. For two thousand years they have never stopped. It is extraordinary that people today, some 2000 years removed from the days when Jesus actually lived, are still talking about the penniless preacher from Nazareth. It seems that everyone has an opinion about Jesus. The religions and cults of the world all speak of Him. Musicians as diverse as Pink Floyd, Kanye West, and Carrie Underwood sing songs about Him. …
“Everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” – Jesus (Luke 24:44)
Everything about Jesus is unique. There is simply no one else like Him who has ever lived. Even atheist historians admit that Jesus was the first “most interesting man in the world.” The highly influential H.G. Wells stated,
“I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history.…
This past week we looked at Philippians 2 as our central text. The big idea we pulled out can be summed up by a prayer a member of our community recently prayed…
“Father, tighten our unity…and open our arms.”
You hear hints of Jesus’ high priestly prayer of John 17 as you read the Paul’s words. It’s not surprising that Matt Chandler had this to say about the Philippians 2….
“The Idea present in chapter 2 is so ever-present in the scriptures, that I would say that if you try and wring the scriptures out, it’s what would come out.”
…for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. 2 Corinthians 8:21
We talked on Sunday about how the word honorable in the above passage comes from the Greek word “kalos” which can mean a kind of beauty that causes all those to see it to take notice. It’s the same word Jesus uses in Matthew 5:16.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works (kalos) and give glory to your Father who is in heaven….
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A QUICK WORD
Like last week, sometimes we read the Bible and realize that our lives do not properly reflect God’s perfect Word. In these cases, our first thought is to try and justify our behaviors and talk ourselves out of the realities of God’s vision for His creation. We say things like, “ahhh, that’s just an old idea for people living back then, or, that probably doesn’t mean what it says anyway.” The correct response however is not to devalue God’s Word, but instead to take an honest look in the mirror and repent of our sins. …
Since we have been raised with Christ and seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:5-6) we should set our minds on things above. Right thinking leads to right living. Paul now introduces the practicalities of what a human life “in Christ” looks like. He breaks this practical teaching into two groups… One negative (don’t do this), and one positive (do this). He begins with the negative. These are sins that should be put to death…
Sexual Immorality –…
Paul begins chapter 2 by reaffirming that the depths of full assurance of knowledge, and all wisdom, are only found in Christ. Then he tells the believers to not allow themselves to be deluded by plausible arguments. The word “delude” means to “reckon falsely.” Imagine a puzzle. Paul doesn’t want you to listen to someone else tell you how to put the puzzle pieces together in the wrong way. If you put them together wrongly then you will never see the intended picture….
JESUS IS PREEMINENT
This text is one of the most beautiful expressions of the Lordship of Jesus Christ we have in Scripture. It is best digested alongside other passages that speak to the deity and majesty of the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1-18, Hebrews 1:1-4).
The Colossian church had been rocked by waves of errant teaching. This teaching was affecting the way they were living their lives. Paul writes that they may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will and have all understanding so that they may live according to God’s ways and not mans (vs….
Colossians is part of 4 New Testament books known as Paul’s prison letters (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon). These books were written when Paul was on house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:16, 30). Most scholars place this two year period of imprisonment between 60 and 62 AD. From a reading of Acts, it is clear that Paul was guarded, but allowed to have people visit and also allowed to proclaim the gospel.
Paul did not plant the church in Colossae, nor had he ever visited there (Col 2:1). …