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.
Acts 6:8-15 (Called to Faithfulness: Meaning & Making with Joy, Hope and Love)
Acts of the Apostles 3:1-26
Act of the Apostles 2:1-47
Mark 14; Romans 5:5
Mark 12:28-31; 1 John 4:19; John 13:34-35
Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Proverbs 3:1-6; Exodus 13:9