by Jim Perdue

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The Mystery of the Gospel (5 of 13)
Series: Jesus First
Jim Perdue
Colossians 1:24-29

This morning, we continue a sermon series through the book of Colossians that we've called, Jesus F1RST. Paul is writing to a church that is a bit confused about who Jesus is and what His proper place should be.

He reminds them that Jesus should be first. If I could sum up for you in a phrase what it means to faithfully follow Jesus I don't think there's a phrase better than this: it's about putting Jesus first in everything.

In Colossians 1:24-29, Paul reveals what it looks like to have Jesus first in every area of your life. And he speaks of a ''mystery'' that transforms our lives for God's glory. Let's look at this text as we consider the subject, The Mystery of the Gospel. READ TEXT

I'm a sucker for a good mystery. And I have a feeling I'm not the only one. Mysteries are really popular. In novels, movies, television series; there's even a board game about mysteries called Clue. Some of my favorite shows throughout my life have been shows that are mysteries. I've got a mystery for you: can you name the show by simply hearing the them song? **Play Matlock Theme Song** What about this one? **Play Magnum P.I. Theme Song** And here's one that's a bit more modern? **Play CSI Theme Song** And of course, here's the greatest television mystery series of all time: **Play Scooby Doo Theme Song** Yes, we all seem to love a good mystery!*

But you know what? The Bible tells us that the gospel is a mystery. In Ephesians 6:19 Paul asks for prayer that he may be faithful in boldly proclaiming ''the mystery of the gospel.'' And here in this text Paul says that ''the mystery hidden for the ages'' has now been ''revealed to the saints.'' What is the mystery? It's the ''gospel'' which is described here as ''Christ in you, the hope of glory.'' defines ''Mystery'' in this way: (1) anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown: the mysteries of ...

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