COLOSSIANS: TRANSFORMATION

Message by Josh Mutter - April 14, 2024

Big Idea: We can navigate the complexities of life when we rely on the transformation that Jesus brings into our lives.

Colossians 1:1-2 NIV  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

Colossians 1:3-8 NIV  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

1. The characteristics that grow in Jesus-followers give us a new approach to navigate life's complexities.

Colossians 1:9-12 NIV  For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

2. The Holy Spirit gives us new instincts that help us discern God's will amid the complexities of life.

1 Colossians 1:13-14 NIV  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

3. The events of Easter are at the centre of our transformation.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

- Our convictions and beliefs are not static.

- Transformation is a journey that impacts every aspect of our lives.

- Cultivating spiritual growth and discernment is essential for every Jesus-follower.

 

Resource 

Lectio 365

About Josh Mutter: Josh Mutter has been our lead pastor since 2018 and is passionate about helping people discover what it means to follow Jesus in our daily lives. Josh is married to Michelle and together they have two boys and a dog named Zeke. When not engaged in ministry, Josh can be found puttering around the house (summer time outdoors is his favourite), playing with his kids or out on a run.

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