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2016 Summer Preaching Series: Christ Is All

colossians thumbnailThis summer, River City Church will spend time in the book of Colossians in a preaching series titled, Christ is All. We’re excited about the truth that we’ll engage, and we anticipate great blessing as we’ll hear 9 different men preach from God’s Word.

You might ask, “Why the book of Colossians?” or “What led to the decision to choose Colossians over the other 65 books?” I’m glad you asked!

Consumers & the Creator

Many of us participate in creating and consuming online content. In 2015, every minute:

  • 204 million emails were delivered
  • Google received more than 4 million search requests
  • Apple device owners downloaded 48,000 apps
  • Pandora users listened to 61,141 hours of music (because I'm kind of a nerd, I did the math: 3,668,460 minutes)
  • 2,460,000 things were shared on Facebook

(Yes, you read that correctly...every. minute.)

With the volumes of content being created and consumed, we might be tempted to ask, is Jesus Christ connected to this world? Does He even know what it’s like here? Is He really in control? The short answer is ‘yes’! Paul gives a fuller answer in the book of Colossians, “all things were created through Him and for Him...and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17 ESV). 

  • All things were created through Jesus Christ
  • All things exist for Jesus Christ
  • All things hold together because of Jesus Christ

Coexist?

Society and culture often attempt to press religions towards unification and tolerance. Perhaps you’ve seen the “coexist” bumper sticker while driving through road construction this summer? coexistMany would like to gather all “religious” people under a single banner for political gain and social advancement. What is God’s perspective on that? If we believe what the Bible says, we’ll often be viewed as intolerant because Jesus Christ is greater than Moses, Muhammad, Confucius, and Buddha (all put together, if you want). Paul affirms, “He [Jesus Christ] is the head of the body, the church...that in everything He might be preeminent (Colossians 1:18, ESV). In Jesus, “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” (Colossians 2:9, ESV).

  • Jesus Christ is preeminent in and over all things
  • Jesus Christ is uniquely God and man

What can God do for me?

Because we are creatures (and not the Creator, see above), we’re prone to being short-sighted and self-centered. When our view on life narrows, we lose interest in what is true in favor of what works. We may ask questions like: “What is God doing to give me a happy, safe, financially secure future?” “What is God doing to make my husband less abusive?” “What is God doing to make my wife more gentle?” Or even, “When is God going to bring me a wife?”

God’s answer to our questions is bigger than the questions themselves. Not surprisingly, the answer is Jesus Christ. Jesus reconciles undeserving rebels to God (Colossians 1:22, ESV). Because of that reconciliation, Paul writes, “as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him…” (Colossians 2:6-7, ESV).

God is not silent about committed, meaningful relationships. How should we relate to our spouses? To our children? To our manager? Our co-workers? Our employees? In chapters 3 and 4, Paul answers those questions too. The answer starts with believing these truths, “you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” and “Christ...is your life” (Colossians 3:3-4 ESV)

  • Jesus Christ is God’s answer to the most important questions in life
  • Our life now is filled with purpose because of Jesus Christ

Despite being written nearly 2000 years ago, the message of Colossians is timeless, relevant, and applicable to our lives today. I hope you’ll join us at River City this summer as we “Set our minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2, ESV).