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Relationships That Work (11 of 13)
Series: Jesus First
We're in a series through the book of Colossians entitled, Jesus F1RST. If I could summarize what it means to be a faithful follower of Christ it would be something like this: put Jesus first in everything. Make sure He's most important. In your marriage, family, work, school, play; if Jesus is first it will make all the difference.
Paul has been showing us what our lives look like when Jesus is first. He reminded us that Christ is preeminent above all things. He showed us how our lives and transformed by the gospel. And here, he shows us the practical implications in our everyday earthly relationships. READ TEXT
Have you ever played a game called Jenga? It's a really neat game. Many of you have probably played this game at one time or another. The Jenga tower starts out solid and strong. It's stacked up nice and neat. But you have to start taking pieces out of the bottom and still hope and pray the tower doesn't fall. Ultimately, the tower falls. And whoever takes out the last piece loses the game. Paul has been laying a strong foundation throughout the book of Colossians. And now he talks about our personal relationships, which are up higher on the tower. The problem is, if we don't have the right foundation in place, the tower is going to fall. That's why Jesus, the Word of God, the gospel, and the truth must be the foundation of everything we do. When we build our lives and our relationships on a shaky foundation, they are bound to fall and fail.*
The major social problem facing human society is the inability of people to get along with each other. From sibling rivalry among children, to the break up of marriages, to crimes and battles, all the way to international confrontations between major powers, the problem is all the same.
Jesus has the answer. It's found in His Word. This is what we learn in Colossians 3:18-4:1. Paul has laid a strong theological f ...
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