First Things First (1 of 13) by Jim Perdue

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First Things First (1 of 13)
Series: Jesus First
Jim Perdue
Colossians 1:1-8

Today, we begin a new sermon series through the book of Colossians. When we study Paul's letters we notice that each one has a dominant theme. In Romans, it is justification by faith. In Ephesians, it is the mystery of Christ and the Church. In Philippians, it is the joy of following Jesus. In Colossians, it is the absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ.

There is no book in the NT that presents such a comprehensive picture of the fullness of Christ. And there is no other books that challenges us so much to make sure that Jesus is first. And that's the title of our study in Colossians, Jesus F1RST. READ TEXT - PRAY

I love my wife. I really do. And there are many ways I show my love to her. But one of the more difficult ways to show love to my wife is buying cards. I have to admit, I just don't like walking up and down the aisle at Kroger or Walmart looking for the perfect card. It just doesn't make sense to me. I'm paying five bucks for a piece of folded paper that someone else wrote that is supposed to say what I feel about my wife. It just really bugs me. One of the reasons it is so frustrating is because so many of the cards just get it wrong. Especially for a Christian husband and wife. Here are some examples: ''The best thing that ever happened to me…is you.'' ''You're my everything. Everything else is just everything else.'' ''You are my heart's epic adventure.'' What does that even mean?!?! ''Love is a faith that dreams will come true. Love is you.'' What? I am so confused!*

You see, if I'm a Christian, I can't honestly say those things to my wife. I love my wife, but she's not the best thing that's ever happened to me. Jesus is. I love my wife, but she's not my everything. Jesus is my everything. I love my wife, but she's not love. God is love. You see, if I fail to put first things first, I fail to be the man of God I'm supposed to be and I fail at be ...

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