How do get rid of the old nature as a Christian? Most of us struggle our whole lives. Paul the Apostle gives us four clear steps we can take to allow the Holy Spirit to continue to transform us from ?this age? type thinking, to thinking like a citizen of heaven.
If you are a raised person - someone that believes in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior - what next? How can you go on living here and also live in the reality of the resurrection? Paul gives us some great direction beginning in Colossians 3.
There were two major parts of the Colossian heresy. Both are alive and well and living in churches today. What are they and how can we make sure not to fall into them?
What was the nature of the Colossian heresy and why is it important for the church today? The two major areas of the heresy are actually rampant today and pose a great danger to Christians. Find out Part 1 in this study.
The Colossian and Laodicean churches were suffering from bad teaching. You might think you are immune but if you are not very careful, heresy can creep in, poisoning your mind without you even knowing it. How to be on the watch? Paul has some advice.
Many people claim to love God when they are really enemies. Many people claim to believe in Jesus but the Jesus they believe in is made up and won?t help them at all. So how can we be at peace with God? Paul has the answer.
Who is Jesus? This is the central question of all humanity and will determine your eternal destiny. But do you really know who He is? The Apostle Paul gives us some very clear pictures of who Jesus is.
Do you feel insignificant or unimportant to God and His kingdom? If so, be encouraged by Paul?s message to the little and seemingly unimportant church at Colossae. It was a church that was so important to God that when threatened by bad doctrine, God caused Paul to write them a special message?a message we can benefit from greatly.
There are three great themes in Philippians that help us understand not only this letter but our relationship to God, the church, and the world. The themes are: Connecting to God, Connecting to Others, and Connecting the gospel to the world.
Pastor Tom uses the environment, culture, technology, and language of the ancient world to show God's perfect plan for sending a Savior.
Would you consider yourself to be content? Most people don?t and the reason is that this age teaches us to always want more and never be satisfied. Paul the Apostle learned the secret to contentment that he shares freely as he finishes up his letter to the Philippians.
Is there any good in the world around us? Some would say the world is a great place and others say it is rotten to the core. Which is right? Paul the Apostle has some encouragement in how to live in this age and yet serve and reflect the One who made the universe.
Anxiety is the most common ailment of the mind that faces humans today. You may have heard of Paul saying ?Don?t be anxious?. That?s all well and good but not very practical. Often times this makes us feel even worse about ourselves when we feel anxiety grow. There is hope, even in the midst of anxious thoughts.
Life for the believer is a race. You might feel just like sitting on the sidelines and urging others on, but you are a part of the race whether you like it or not. What is the race? Is to see who can be the best? Not at all. It is a race to draw as close to the Lord as possible. The question is: how much do you want it?
What are you holding onto or what is holding onto you that is keeping you from throwing it all in to Jesus? Paul had everything a person of his culture could obtain, yet for some reason he considered it worthy to be flushed down the toilet compared with knowing and being found by Jesus. How about you?
Our age worships superstars. In Paul the Apostle?s day, the Jews had superstars too. And Paul was one of them. But as Paul addresses problems in Philippi, problems we face today too, he points them to others among them that are the true superstars of the faith.
What does it mean to ?work out your own salvation?? And how can that be followed by a sentence that says that God is working and doing it all? Find out as we study faith applied with the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2.
Do you want to know how to please God and how to be used most effectively for His kingdom? Then this section of Paul?s letter to the Philippians is for you. In it Paul teaches us the character of Jesus acted out in this age through us.
Paul outlines four really important things we can focus on when undergoing persecution or suffering. They help us realize the bigger purpose that God brings when He allows us to suffer.
When bad things happen our default response is to think we did something wrong and God is allowing us to be hurt. The real answer lies much deeper and involves us suffering as a part of God?s grander plan of sharing his life through our suffering.
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