Captivated by Christ

A Study in the Book of Colossians

 

 

 

There is no perfect Christian, and we all have potluck theology on some level that needs constant weeding, but we are still the church by God’s grace and there is always hope as we look to Christ.  Paul knew the remedy and aimed his words in full focus on Christ alone.  We would do well to do the same.  Let’s be a church that is captivated by Christ as we worship him.


Captivated by Christ on Mission

Colossians 4:2-18

Abraham Cremeens

November 21, 2021

At the close of this book, we see the outflow of the grand truths about Jesus Christ. He is God. He is preeminent. Everything exists for him. You exist for him. Mission for Christ overflows from love for Christ. We cannot hide or bunker down. We must be a church on the move with the gospel for the glory of God and the good of his people.

Captivated by Christ in Relationships

Colossians 3:18-4:1

Paul Briggs

November 14, 2021

This passage shows that our submission to Jesus Christ as King impacts every relationship we have. Jesus sets the agenda and we reflect the glory of Jesus, so that he receives the glory. As we live out the gospel, it becomes evident in how we engage those around us. 

Captivated by Christ in Christ Centered Living

Colossians 3:1-17

Chad Moore

November 7, 2021

Jesus is full of compassion toward those he came to save. In our text today, Jesus called his genuine followers together and left them with a clear-cut commission passed from generation to generation – pursue the lost and make disciples. Yet, the understanding of who Jesus is changes the extent and manner in which the Great Commission is followed.

Captivated by Christ in Spiritual Growth

Colossians 2:16-23

Will Peycke

October 17, 2021

Christians can struggle with spiritual “imposter syndrome.” We know God has brought us from death to life and forgiven our sins… and yet, we still struggle with sin in our lives. And so we wonder: maybe there is something more we need, like religious rules or spiritual experiences, in order to live the Christian life. But the solution to “imposter syndrome” is not something extra we have to do. In Christ, you have everything you need to fight sin and grow as a Christian.

Captivated by Christ in Life

Colossians 2:6-15

Abraham Cremeens

October 10, 2021

We now come to the core passage of the book and the hinge that begins to apply the gospel to real life. Jesus is preeminent over the entire creation. He is also preeminent over your entire life. God desires that you be captivated by Christ rather than captive to the lies of this world. Pursue a life captivated by him because in him true life is found.

Captivated by Christ in Gospel Ministry

Colossians 1:24-2:5

Abraham Cremeens

October 3, 2021

Colossians (and the whole of Scripture) make much of Jesus because there is so much to him. He is Creator and Sustainer. He is preeminent. He is God. All things were made through him and for him – even you. That means we must orbit our whole lives around him as we make much of him in the world he has made.

Captivated by Christ in Worship

Colossians 1:15-23

Gamaliel Ortiz

September 26, 2021

In addressing the Colossian Heresy of “potluck theology”, Paul magnifies Jesus so that all other things would pale in comparison. His antidote for bad doctrine was to look at Christ more closely so that the counterfeits would be more easily identified. He wanted the Colossians to be able to respond in worship to who Jesus is and what he had done.

Captivated by Christ in Prayer

Colossians 1:9-14

Jeremiah Stevens

September 19, 2021

Using imagery from the Old Testament, Paul and Timothy show how the tension between what God has already begun and what God has not yet completed motivates their prayers for the Colossians and directs what they ask for.   In the frustrations of the already-not-yet, God’s people live by prayer, asking for the Spirit’s help to live wisely, fruitfully, patiently, and joyfully as they pursue spiritual maturity in the middle of the tension.

Captivated by Christ in Gospel Hope

Colossians 1:1-8

Abraham Cremeens

September 12, 2021

At the very start of his letter, the apostle Paul thanked God for the evidence of gospel growth in the Colossian church. They had heard, understood, and believed the gospel under the ministry of Epaphras. Faith and love emerged in their lives because of their hope in Christ. It is always necessary that God’s people lean into their eternal hope in Jesus Christ alone.