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PSA217 Submit, Pray, and Walk Wisely mp3

In Colossians 3, Paul discusses the relationship of slaves to masters and how they are to behave. We discuss this in light of employer/employee relationships today. He also urges them to persevere in prayer, praying for Paul and Timothy as well. They are to walk wisely towards those outside the group of believers. Their words should always be spoken with grace. Wise, kind, and informed believers will be most attractive to those outside.

PSA207 Colossians 15 – Greetings and Final Instructions mp3

Colossians Series 15

In this message, Paul sends final greetings from various believers to the recipients of his letter in Colossae. He also sends final instructions for them to pass on his greetings to the brethren in Laodicea, for them to see to it that that letter is read, probably aloud, to all among them, and that they exchange this letter with that in Laodicea for both their learning. He also sends a personal word to Archippus. Then, he gives his final words, and ends with grace.

Scripture Passage: Colossians 4:10-18

PSA206 Colossians 14 – Pray and Walk Wisely mp3

Colossians Series 14

In this message, we consider the conclusion of the submission portion of Colossians with the response of masters. Paul urges the Colossians to pray, and also requests prayer for himself, especially regarding his ministry. He urges them to walk in wisdom toward those outside, and let their words be gracious and fitting. He recommends to them Tychicus and Onesimus, whom he is sending to them with this letter.

Scripture Passage: Colossians 4:1-9

PSA205 Colossians 13 – Submission: When? mp3

Colossians Series 13

In this message, we consider common relationships and when submission is particularly appropriate between one believer and another. First, wives to husbands. This is proper! The husband’s response is to love their wives. Then, children to parents. God’s ways are always to set up authority structures, even though these often fail to act as they should. The response of fathers should be to not vex their children. Then, slaves to masters. They should hearken submissively, work from the soul, and realize that their ultimate reward will come from the Lord.

Scripture Passage: Colossians 3:16-25

PSA204 Colossians 12 – Off With the Old, On With the New mp3

Colossians Series 12

In this message, Paul, as he does in Ephesians 4, urges believers in light of their position “in Christ” to put off like a set of dirty clothes the old, godless behaviors of our past life, and to put on the new, Godly behaviors of a life characterized by a relationship with Christ. Old distinctions of culture, religion, education, and economic status are done away with in this new humanity. We are to deal graciously with each other, even as the Lord deals with us in the dispensation of grace.

Scripture Passage: Colossians 3:8-15

PSA203 Colossians 11 – Be Disposed to Things Above mp3

Colossians Series 11

In this message, we follow up Colossians 2’s discussion of being dead with Christ with a discussion of being raised with Christ. As raised with Him, we would seek things above, and set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth. What are these “things above” that we should be seeking and setting our minds on? What does it mean that our lives are hidden with Christ in God? When and where will we be manifested with Him in glory? Then, considering our “members” on the earth that should be put to death. What these wrong behaviors are that we should no longer walk in.

Scripture Passage: Colossians 3:1-7

PSA202 Colossians 10 – Hold the Head, Not Man-Made Religion mp3

Colossians Series 10

In this message, we consider that, since Christ triumphed over all rulers, we should not allow anyone to set the order for us regarding the law, nor should we allow anyone to act as the umpire over our lives to subject us to their ideas about humility, angels, etc. Instead, we should hold Christ as the Head for us in all such things. We should not subject ourselves to the religious decrees of men, since we died with Christ to all such things. Instead, our actions and righteousness should flow from our relationship with Christ.

Scripture Passage: Colossians 2:16-23

PSA201 Colossians 9 – Complete in Christ mp3

Colossians Series 9

In this message, we discuss the truth that the fullness of the Deity is embodied in Christ. We are complete in Him, the Source of every chief ruler and authority. We are circumcised in Him and baptized in Him by identification with His death, burial, and resurrection. We are made alive in Him, the true decree against us is erased, while Christ triumphed over rulers in resurrection.

Scripture Passage: Colossians 2:9-15

PSA200 Colossians 8 – Walking As You Received Him mp3

Colossians Series 8

In this message from Colossians 2, Paul was concerned with all the believers (like us) who had never met him in the flesh. He wanted them to find all the secrets of wisdom and knowledge in Christ. He wanted them to walk as they received Him, to be rooted and built up in Him, to abound in faith, and to be thankful. He did not want them to be enticed by persuasive words, or to be led away as a captive by empty ideas. May we too be enlightened and set free by the truth!

Scripture Passage: Colossians 2:1-8

PSA199 Colossians 7 – The Gospel and the Mystery mp3

Colossians Series 7

In this message, we consider the truth that the commission of Mark 16 was fulfilled when the gospel spread to every creation in the Roman Empire. Now, signs no longer follow those who proclaim. Paul had sufferings to suffer on behalf of Christ, and he had not suffered them all yet. The secret of Christ among all nations equally is now revealed, bringing God’s riches to all. Paul labored on behalf of Christ to bring believers to maturity, a place we all need to reach.

Scripture Passage: Colossians 1:23-29