September 2nd, 2018
God rarely seems to work in ways that we would expect or desire. Yet, he invites us to seek him and experience his presence in the midst of any circumstance. In this sermon, guest speaker Gary Francis explores Jeremiah 29:1-13 and the story of Israel in exile. God invited Israel to seek and find him in an unexpected place, and he offers the same invitation to us.
Loyal, faithful friends are hard to come by. Paul was an incredible missionary, church-planter, and theologian but he also cherished his friendships and understood the importance of companions in the missional journey. In this sermon, Matt examines Colossians 4:7-18, where Paul concludes his letter to the church in Colossae by introducing and describing his ministry colleagues. In the kingdom of God, no superheroes are allowed, only faithful servants.
The best recipes get handed down across generations, sharing the family secrets to keep the dishes going. Towards the end of this short letter, Paul offers a few key ingredients for practically following Jesus in light of his beauty and power. In this sermon, Preacher’s Roundtable member Alejandro Herrera explores Colossians 4:2-6 and Paul’s practical encouragements for following Jesus in Colossae.
No matter who we are or where we’ve come from, God has given each of us power and influence so that we may use it for his good purposes in the world. In this sermon, Pastor Lauren unpacks Colossians 3:18-4:1 where Paul addresses the social dynamics and power structures of his time. Forming and growing healthy, orthodox theology in the church and allowing that theology to help us grow in loving all people is central to being a follower of Christ.
There’s a saying, “When you pray for patience, God gives you opportunities for patience.” Preachers Roundtable member, Liz Sastre, rewrites that saying based on Colossians 3:12-17, “When we pray for patience, God gives us community.” The Apostle Paul makes the case that Jesus is creating a new family and that in this new community we embody the virtues of mature Christian life. As we do that, the church becomes the loving and grace-giving expression of Jesus, the most hopeful sign of the kingdom.
Paul reminds the Colossians of the radical nature of their call and surrender to Christ. He differentiates between the Jewish faith, the Roman spirituality, and everything the Colossians have known religion to look like. In this sermon, Preacher’s Roundtable member Esther Knicely explores Colossians 2:6-23. The Christian faith is different than all other religions which only breed legalism and ultimately lead to death, for they are merely human-centered. With Christianity, Christ is at the center. When Jesus is at the center, all else will fall into place. We can enter into the freedom of our true identity and purpose as mere vessels that solely exist to bring glory to his name.
Our culture is obsessed with mystery and secrets. We have mystery novels, movies, and TV series. Paul says that the mystery of God has been revealed in Jesus and that all of his energies are focused on communicating the fullness of this message to the world. In this sermon, Matt examines Colossians 1:24-2:5 and how every aspect of Paul’s life and ministry points towards Jesus. The church is called to grow into the maturity that Paul worked for, experiencing the wisdom and knowledge of Jesus in beautiful ways.
Powerful stories are held together by familiar elements. They are told and retold with little deviation, so that the themes become rooted and grounded in the minds of the hearers. The church in Colossae was hearing the story of Jesus, but some new twists were being added that were changing the trajectory of the story. In this sermon, guest speaker Danny Perez examines Colossians 1:15-23, where Paul describes the supremacy of Christ and the power of his reconciling love. Paul is passionately contending for the centrality of Christ in all aspects of life.