|All photos taken by Kyle Ierley|
Wednesday night I spoke for the first time to a large crowd (of about 120 people) from the Bible. As a Unit Leader I have been challenged in many ways and given many opportunities. I am given two required times to speak, but that doesn't limit me from other opportunities.
I spoke on Colossians 3:1-4, below is basically my notes that I spoke from.
SET YOU SIGHT ON CHRIST
- Who can say Colossians 3:1-4 from memory?
A. SET YOUR HEARTS ON THINGS ABOVE
Read Colossians 3:1-4
Read Colossians 3:1
- Repeat First Part of Verse.
- Paul is speaking to those identified with Christ. He is speaking to the Christians
- When we put our faith in Christ, we died with him and where also raised with him.
- Read Col. 2:12-13
- We are raised with Christ.
- Since we are of him, we need to focus on the things that are above.
- Not material things, eternity.
- Life is brief on a time line. Spiritual things last forever.
- It goes on to say “where Christ is seated at the right hand of God”
- Place in heaven, Right hand of God. Christ is our Source of eternal life.
- We have become identified with Christ.
- We have become dead in our sins and then crucified, buried, and resurrected along side of Christ.
- Birth certificate giving us citizenship with heaven.
- lives dominated by a pattern of heaven, bringing heavenly direction to our earthly duties.
- “set” in Greek - meaning “to seek or strive for earnestly, to center your life around it.”
- …How do we truly “Set our hearts on Christ?”….
- Turn to Col. 2:6-7 where Paul gives us insight on how to “Set our hearts on Christ”
1. Respond to God’s Word and Step Out in Faith
- What does it mean? when Paul says, “just as you received Christ, continue to live in him.”?
- He is saying, “In the same way, respond to the word and step out in faith, just like you did when you first came to follow Christ as Lord.”
- When the Bible teaches you something, respond to it and step out in faith to follow its commands or truths.
2. Time Spent Daily with Him
- The present tense of the word “live” stresses a daily walk in Christ
- How do we live in Christ? A daily walk/studying the word.
**Time Spent Skateboarding**
o How long? How much time? Correlate with time in the studying the Bible.
|First time skating in the JWC!!!|
o Purpose of Quiet Time.
o Someone telling you how to skate or going skating?
o Having your own Bible study, verses Preaching
o Personal Testimony:
- Our life’s foundation should be based around Christ. Everything we do, we need have the foundation of Christ, Then everything we do, we will be doing it to serve/glorify Christ.
- As we are to be rooted and built up in Christ, as we grow we will be strengthened in our faith more and more.
Richard Avedon – professional photographer
“If a day goes by without me doing something related to photography, it’s though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.”
- Look at what photography has done for him, his passion.
- How much more has Christ done for us?
3. Rooted in the Word
- When it uses the word “rooted”, that is more then just a foundation, it is a foundation the reaches deep into the ground. If we have a faith that is grounded into the Word of God, no one will be able to infect our beliefs with their false ideas.
- In the same way we need to be studying our Bible and memorizing verses, to help us resist temptation becoming stronger in the faith. More rooted in Christ.
- Before we go onto verse to I want to play a fun video…
B. SET YOUR MIND ON THINGS ABOVE
-Read Colossians 3:2
- Similarity to verse 1
- The first command: “Set your hearts on things above” in Greek is “ta anō zēteite”
- The second command: “Set your minds on things above” in Greek is “ta anō phroneite”
- In verse one it suggest more of a striving, meaning making great efforts to achieve or obtain.
- When it is says ‘mind’ it suggest more of a concentrating meaning to focus ones attention or mental effort on a particular object or activity.
- So in the first sense you need to be a striving goal towards things above. However in the second command Paul is telling us we need to have a focused concentrating on things above. It needs to be our way of thinking.
- When we are in a situation, are we thinking about things that are above?
**Witnessing or other distractions**
- Paul is saying that life in this world will be better if it is lived by the power beyond this world; a power of the resurrected, ascended, glorified Christ.
- When it says “earthly things” the greek word is referring to things upon the earth. The same Greek words are used in v.5 referring to moral, not physical.
- Everything God created, including sex is good. However having a physical body, we have an earthly flesh. Don’t pervert God’s purpose for physical things.
C. IDENTITY WITH CHRIST
-Read Colossians 3:3
- We didn’t physically die. We died to sin; our life is one that now dwells in Christ.
“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.”
- When coming to know Christ we now have a new identity in him.
- The baptism is a symbol of our identity in Christ.
- Mark Strout spoke about how when they “baptized” their bread it changed the bread from the inside out. Cucumber and pickles
- Baptism is just a symbol but people should be seeing a change in our life also.
- Christ is now our life. He is the source that gives us life, joy, and happiness
- Through out this chapter and the book of Colossians Paul keeps reminding us that our lives our “in Christ”
- V. 11, v.15, v.16 v.17
- Our lives should be centered around Christ, everything we do, should display our identity in him.
- Christ is what this life is all about, He paid the price for our sins, and we can’t do anything to repay that. The most we do is to love in and live lives centered around our forgiveness
Read Colossians 3:4
- If we are Christians and truly love God, Christ should be what our lives are all about.
- The benefits of Christ in being our life are numerous. Paul list all these benefits that are credited to us early.
- Read Colossians 2:10-15
o Complete in Christ v.10
o Circumcised in Christ v.11
o Buried with Christ. v.12b
o Alive in Christ v.13
o Forgiven in Christ vv.13-14
- Chris is going to return someday at the Rapture.
- When he appears we will appear with him and will be glorified.
The way John put it is,
“We know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
- As believers, we will be glorified as He is glorified.
- Paul adds a new direction to our focus of attention: we should look upward to Christ’s reign over us in heaven and also be looking forward for his return in the clouds.
-At night when ships are sailing, the crew on the boat is looking for a sign of danger.
When they look a head and see a lighthouse they know from the lighthouse where they can go to avoid any danger.
-The sailors are looking up in the sky for the light signal, but they are continually looking forward to where they have to go.
-In the same sense we need to be looking up towards Christ to guide us, but also looking forward to his return, and be living our lives according to those signals in our lives.
-If we don’t looking forward to Christ’s return, our goals in life will be different; we won’t live our lives in preparation of Christ’s return but our own agenda.
-If we aren’t looking up to Christ in heaven, we won’t be growing in our lives and have a focus or concentration for his Word.
-What are you setting your sights on?
-Are you truly striving towards Christ, or is it just outside actions?
-Is the Bible what you are basing your life actions around? Are you writing Biblical Principles to determine your choices in life?
Write Biblical principles to give to a friend to keep you accountable on it?
In Luke 9:57-62
-What’s more important to you? Christ or having that girlfriend that doesn’t meet the Bible standards,
- Studying Gods word, or spending all your time playing video games, or doing something else.
Are you setting your sights on Christ? or things of this earth?