A unique service at Garfield Community Church, one in which we went completely "off script" and allowed the Spirit to lead us in wonderful ways. In this time of "body life" we enjoyed the powerful ministry of the body of Christ ministering one to another. It was quite a blessing and to those attending, there was a very real sense of the Lord's power and presence. I am sure this is only the beginning of greater things to come.
Colossians tells us to let the Peace of God help steer our lives as we allow His peace to act as an umpire in life's choices. In these 3 verses we will discover the key to that peace.
An overview of the book of judges looking at the 7 cycles of five steps each: sin, servitude, supplication, salvation and silence. Each step mirroring the steps in our own lives as we go from freedom to bondage and back to freedom.
This Father's Day we looked at the fact that Dad's are absolutely significant and yet a lot of dads were simply absent or not very good images of our Father in Heaven. So how do you find help in such a situation if your dad was not so good or if you were not such a good dad? Be of good cheer, Jesus has already made provision for both situations. He has already brought healing, forgiveness and love into difficult and broken situations.
Continuing in our study of the book of Colossians, we pick up at the beginning of chapter 3. In the midst of all that is going on in the world of the Colossian believers, they are encouraged to set their minds on things above rather than all the distractions they are facing here on earth. In like manner believers today will do well to keep their focus on Christ rather than the distractions that so easily entangle us such as false religious ideas, politics, wealth, and the like.
Why do we "go to church"? When we look at the beginning of the church in Acts 2 we see that they did certain things daily and that the key to it all was true koinonia (fellowship) or "communion". In this teaching we see the connection between who we are and what we do. We discover that communion is the natural expression of a healthy church body. Pastor Mike points out thirteen marks of a healthy church from Acts 2:42. How healthy are you? Check it out.
Colossians 2 is remarkable in that it simply has an intro then teaches about these 10 myths then moves on...it is profound. After setting us right regarding our identity Paul then exalts Christ and His supremacy over all things - then he lays out the fact that "religion" has crept into the church. That is where we are in this teaching.
Easter Morning Service at Garfield Community Church - The same power that raised Jesus from the grave is the SAME POWER that lives in us.
We use 4 videos and a song to set the stage for this Easter celebration. Beginning with "Watch The Lamb" by Ray Boltz we get a close up and personal look at the crucifixion from the point of view of the man forced to carry the cross. Then we see things from the perspective of on of the thieves who were also crucified along with Jesus in the video "Too Small A Price" by Don Francisco. Mike sings "He's Alive" by Don Francisco and then we focus on the incredible reality that the same power of the resurrection lives in us, Christians, as expressed in two different videos, one by Jeremy Camp entitled, "Same Power" and one by Michael W. Smith called, "The Same Power".
These all work together to tell the Easter Story in a powerful compelling fashion that ultimately ends up with triumph and encouragement as we come to the realization that that same resurrection power lives in us, the church, His people. I hope you enjoy this presentation and that it spurs you on to walk boldly in your resurrection identity. Happy Easter, Happy Resurrection life in Christ. Now, Go Play!
This Easter I had the joy and honor of sharing a message at the Sunrise Service in Estacada, Oregon. I talked about the resurrection as Jesus's opportunity to prove that what He said was true: He is the Son of God, He did overcome sin, He did overcome Satan and He did overcome death...He IS who He said He was and that means that He has the right, the power, and the authority to forgive sin, and grant new life to those who receive His offer of salvation, new live, freedom and transformation...but that is not all...He also has planted in us that same power that raised Christ from the dead. That same power - the resurrection power of God - lives in us!
Colossians chapter 2 in one lesson (two parts) - The 10 Myths of Religion: And the TRUTH that will set you free! This teaching is borrowed from Dr. Andrew Farley - "The Naked Gospel" a book we all can benefit from.
The simple Gospel of GRACE has been turned upside down by religion and years of "spiritual abuse" by church leaders. What do I mean? Well, when church leaders and teachers do not teach the Word rightly it only leads to bondage, disappointment and disconnection from God and the Body of Christ. God's people are left with a "do-it-yourself" morality club rather than a finished work of Christ. Rather than freedom and new life in Christ, we are left with legalism, spiritual oppression and bondage - "Spiritual Abuse" - and the enemy loves it.
Hopefully this teaching will help shed some light on some very dark corners of the teachings of the church today. So get out your flashlight and let's go light up those dark places with the light of God's word..."know the TRUTH, and the truth will set you FREE!" Amen!
Colossians 1:18-23 Teaches us that we are holy and blameless in Christ. That is who we are in God's sight. So, we can come to the communion table free of fear, guilt or condemnation because Jesus took the punishment for our sin upon Himself and we are now seen as the righteousness of God in Christ.
Continuing with our study in Colossians we look into verse 15 and onward. The thrust of this teaching is that Christ is truly supreme over all things even your issues, heartaches, doubts, fears, anxieties and addictions. Step into His loving arms and find rest while He does the heavy lifting for you.
As a man thinks...so is he. So what are you thinking? How do you think of yourself? What do you think of God? Whatever you are thinking will determine the tenor of your life. Here we take a deeper look into Colossians 1:9-14 where we are told that we are loved, redeemed, saved and forgiven...not because of our great behavior but because of Christ's behavior...his "finished work" on the cross. He is the Axis of our life and we are His poetry.
Pastor Mike Filippi continues his teaching in the book of Colossians. We are in the "introduction" phase of the book as we get acquainted with the theme and the purpose of the teaching. In this lesson we learn about Faith, Hope and Love...Faith and Love "spring from" Hope. What are biblical definitions of these terms? We find that the kind of Christianity that produces fruit (Faith, Hope and Love) will only come from knowing the "true Gospel" - nothing less will do. Unless the Gospel is "understood" it will not have the kind of impact it is designed to have. It will simply be lifeless, fruitless and powerless - religion.
Pastor Mike digs deeper into Colossians 1:3-8. In this message we learn about the Gospel of Grace as Mike points out 8 Characteristics of the Gospel as mentioned in the passage:
1. The Gospel is to be Shared
2. The Gospel Produces Fruit
3. The Gospel is Reproductive
4. The Gospel is of Hope
5. The Gospel must be True
6. the Gospel must be Understood
7. The Gospel is of Grace
8. the Gospel is of the Spirit
Along the way we are also reminded that the Good News is "The Gospel" and it has 4 distinct qualities as mapped out in Isaiah 52:7 - 1. Peace 2. Glad Tidings 3. Salvation 4. Proclamation that God Reigns
This is what I call a BONUS TEACHING - Often while introducing a subject, teaching, or passage, I am led to give a bit of a preview or an explanation of what we are doing and why we are doing it. This particular talk precedes our communion service and was given in two parts during the service…before the sermon and as a wrap-up and lead-in to the Lord’s Supper. It was then joined together in the studio as a single expression. This talk is informal and impromptu and intended to help people “step into” the communion service with greater understanding, heightened expectation and fuller appreciation of what happened at the cross and what happens when we partake individually and as the Body of Christ. I hope it is helpful and uplifting, but most of all, I hope it exalts Christ in fuller understanding and expression.
In our continuing study in the book of Colossians, chapter 1:3-5, we are going to apply some of the insights we discovered by using an outline of the passage. Pastor Mike continues to instruct us on some simple, basic, bible study tools and techniques that can help each and every one of us to become a better workman of the word. In this encouraging study we learn that faith and love are basic traits of a believer who has heard and understood the Gospel of Grace. And we learned that we are empowered and gifted by the Holy Spirit to tell others of the glorious Gospel of Grace. How beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim the Good News!
This is a pre-teaching lesson using an outline of these verses as a bible study tool for looking deeper into the passage. Along the way we talk about the need to slow things down and take a deeper look in hopes of getting a deeper grasp of what is actually being taught. This particular teaching is not about deep principles or applications, it is a foundation stone that is very useful and important for personal bible study. We talk a little bit about strong marriages, being “undevourable” and understanding our identity in Christ. I also talk about individual word studies and I share a glimpse into my own personal time in the word. I hope it excites you to dig deeper and to use the tool of grammatical and structural outlines in your own bible study. Get ready, next week we will jump into this passage with both feet so please examine the scriptures and prepare for our time together. Until then, may God richly bless you in all things.
As we begin our study in the book of Colossian it is important to get a feel for the culture and times in which this amazing book was written. Pastor Mike gives us an overview of the situation and then reminds us that this letter was written at a time when the church, only about 30 years old, was beginning to slip away from grace and into a mixture of grace and law - a dangerous mistake. Mike also notes that the church today is in the same danger…be on guard! As we will see, Paul addresses this creeping heresy by first exalting Christ; His majesty and supremacy over all things. This is a great starting place for any correction or teaching. If we simply glorify the Lord and help others to get their eyes on things above, suddenly, everything else melts away and takes its proper place.