Is Your Commitment To Jesus?
June 1, 2003
Theme: God's Church needs committed Christians if it is going to reflect Him to the world.
Keywords: Jesus Christ; commitment; priority; love; first place
We've been working through Paul's letter to the Colossian church, and we've found out that Paul makes it quite clear, that one of the marks of the committed Christian, is that he and she are committed to offering CONTINUOUS PRAYER to God.
I find it appropriate once again that the Lord has taken us to this particular book of the Bible for His message to us, because One of the things we discovered last weekend at our Church Health Retreat was that IF a church is going to turn around from a declining condition, and become healthy and vibrant again, then her leaders and her people must be very committed to Prayer...
Let's now turn to the verses from Colossians...
Colossians 1:15-18 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also 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.
First, let look and see just Who this passage is talking about... It's talking about Jesus!
The Bible makes it very plain that Jesus is the image of the invisible God...It makes it CLEAR that Jesus is the One through Whom we see God, the Father.
That very plainly then says that JESUS Christ is PREEMINENT. That's WHAT FIRST PLACE is all about. Once again, one of the other things that is a mark of a church that is successful in turning around from decline, is that the people of such a church are MORE committed to Jesus ...
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