Series: For People On The Grow (2 of 6) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: King Jesus
Series: For People On The Grow
Stuart Briscoe
Colossians 1:15-20

Mention of the "Kingdom of the Son" launched Paul into a magnificent description of Jesus the King. Life in the Kingdom is related to appreciation of the King. Paul knew the Colossians needed to be clear on this point. So do we!

I. The Magnificence of King Jesus.

A. Magnificent in the creation.
1. "Image of the invisible God." v. 15a
a. Creation - man in God's image. Genesis 1:26f
b. Incarnation - Christ the image of God.
c. Regeneration - man restored. 2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:29

2. "Firstborn over all creation." v. 15b
a. Not the first created being. See vv. 16, 17
b. Firstborn = heir of all things. See Hebrews 1:1, 2

3. "By Him all things were created." v. 16
a. "In Him" - the sphere of creation.
b. "Through Him" - the agent of creation.
c. "For Him" - the goal of creation.

4. "He is before all things." v. 17a


Part 4: Getting There from Here
Series: For People On The Grow
Stuart Briscoe
Colossians 1:21-29

John Bunyan's famous allegory, "Pilgrim's Progress," described the journey of the believer from the "slough of despond" to "the celestial city." In less picturesque terms, Paul did the same for the Colossians. We, too, need to know how to get there from here.

I. Where We Were. v. 21

A. Alienated from God.
B. Antagonistic in attitude.
C. Active in evil.

II. Where We Are. v. 22

A. We are reconciled to God.
1. Divine initiative - "He has reconciled."
2. Divine incarnation - "Christ's physical body."
3. Divine intervention - "through death."

B. We are justified by God.
1. Presentation - "to present you."
a. Holy.
b. Without blemish.
c. Free from accusation.

2. Proclamation. See above

3. Perseverance - "if you continue."
a. In the faith.
b. Well-founded.
c. Loyal.
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