On the final week of our sermon series Pastor Evan takes a different approach of summarizing the story by reviewing the whole letter from Paul in Colossians and asking individuals to read parts of it through out the message. Paul was writing to the people of Colossae attending a small house church, who are ultimately brand new to the faith. Paul is encouraging them to seek Christ and trust. Paul wants us to know that no matter what we do God's love is not being withheld. His love is present with us. God's love is pouring over you and it's always been there.
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Paul writes the letter that’s surprising to them. It’s maybe as surprising to them as it is to us now. He talks into about grace and love. He then goes into a complex family situation. Why does he do that? Pastor Preston shares quotes on what he learned as he spent the week reflecting. We need to be covered by God's kindness. Only love remains above all else. Paul goes from love to a controversial statement around how we are to act. Paul is actually opening a door for Jesus to enter into our lives. Jesus is changing our lives about the most core areas of our lives.
Pastor Evan explores the next part of the letter from Paul to the people of Colossae. This week Paul addresses some individual challenges that some individuals are facing. Previously Paul was addressing the church and what does it look like to ask yourself is Jesus enough for you? What does that life actually look like? Paul begins to give a vision for change in your life and specific behaviors. Paul is not saying don't do these things because God won't love you, what he is saying is God has always loved you. Now that you are discovering that love you can put to death some destructive behaviors in your life. We mix that order up. We when we think about behavior we say change your behavior and then come to Christ. That is a lie. You are not what you do. You are who Jesus says you are. Part of discovering who you are is about discovering who God made you to be.
Pastor Evan shares on the letter written from Paul to the early church in Colossae. They were this messy group of people from all walks of life, just like us. In this place they began to learn the expanse of God. The jewish law was about connecting with God with a system of rules and regulations. We do this today in church too through our own traditions and perspectives we bring in. As humans, we like to earn what we have and the law made that possible. Paul reminds us there isn't anything you can do earn your salvation: it's a gift. It might have felt like moving from the comfort of a large system, like a cruise ship to a raft. You have to put your faith in Jesus. You have to trust the raft is more sturdy and sound and will take you places that you could never go in a cruise ship. And Jesus will lead that raft because Jesus is on that raft too.
Pastor Preston shares a poem Paul wrote to the Colossians. Paul did not lay out a theology that was a complex language, he gave them a poem to meet them where they are at. This poem or hymn became a centrepiece for the early church. Sometimes the way to get through the complexity of the whole thing is to go simple: He lives in you.
Pastor Evan shares the story of Paul writing to the early church of Colossians and in their young church they had people in all walks of life. They were just a small group of messy people that were trying to figure out how to hear the voice of God and try to apply what they were learning about this Jesus guy they were hearing about. They weren't perfect and they hadn't figured it out. But they could see little signs that God was in this place.