First Place in All (Colossians 1:9-23)
Part of the The Great Divide - Choosing to Walk Worthy series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Colossians 1:9–23 (Listen)
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
The Great Divide - Choosing to Walk Worthy
First Place in All
How do you win in life?
*So that you walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10
*For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son. Colossians 1:13
*He is the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. Colossians 1:18
*and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of the cross; through Him, I say, whether things in earth or things in heaven. Colossians 1:20
*We touch heaven when our hearts are pure and our minds are focused!
I. Prayers that shape our lives - Colossians 1:9-12
A. We please Him by bearing fruit
B. We commit to grow the knowledge
C. We dynamically learn His ways by action
D. We endure trials to honor Him
II. Priorities that transform our hearts - Colossians 1:13-18
A. See the power of forgiveness
B. He becomes our "ALL"
C. View the significance of the church
D. Supreme position of Jesus
III. Change that affirms our relationship with Jesus- Colossians 1:19-23
A. Power of the cross
B. Blessing of heaven
C. Foundation of faith
Will you allow Him to take first place?