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Primary Relationships

11/19/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 3:18–4:1

Summary: In this New Testament passage, the Apostle Paul gives instructions about primary relationships that run counter to the cultural climate of thinking and conduct in America today. The perspective he gives was revolutionary in his day and is so needed in ours. If we, who profess to follow Jesus, strive to live out these exhortations in our family and at work, our lives will reflect the grace of God and character of Jesus in our primary relationships.

If Then; Therefore…

11/12/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 3:1–3:17

Summary: The Scriptures are full of ligaments. Webster’s Dictionary defines a ligament as “a band of tissue connecting bones or holding organs in place.” In the Bible there are words, meaningful words, that connect things. In Colossians three, Paul uses two of those “ligaments”

Killers on the Loose

11/05/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 2:16–2:23

Summary: The Apostle Paul addresses the topic of legalism in his letter to the Colossian Christians. Though the specific issues might be different today, the danger of legalism still exists. One of the primary characteristics of legalism is to believe that your relationship with God is based on your works rather than Christ’s work. A second characteristic is an emphasis on outward conduct rather than on inward thoughts and motivations; in a word, legalism is self-righteousness. We also see legalism showing up in our relationship with others by imposing one’s application of a Biblical principle onto someone else. And the results can be deadly.

Complete in Christ

10/29/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 2:8–2:15

Summary: In Colossians, chapter two, there is one of the greatest truths that you possess as a Christian. The Apostle Paul declares that we are complete in Christ. The fullness of God dwells in Christ, and that fullness dwells in us. That means there is nothing we need spiritually that we don’t already have in Jesus.

A Blueprint For Ministry

10/22/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 1:24–2:7

Summary: Ministry (or service) is the believer’s God-given task, privilege, and responsibility. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he gives us a blueprint for ministry, the heart of which is a focus on discipleship – presenting every person complete, mature, in Christ. This should be our calling as Christians and as a local church as well.

The Supremacy of Christ

10/15/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 1:15–1:23

Summary: Colossians, chapter one, is perhaps the strongest statement in the entire New Testament of the pre-eminence, the supremacy, of Jesus Christ. It refutes any position that places Jesus as less than he is. His argument is that Jesus is supreme in identity, supreme in creation, supreme in the church, and supreme in reconciliation. Paul’s teaching should produce awe and amazement of the greatness and supremacy of Jesus.

A Prayer for Spiritual Maturity - Colossians 1:1-14

10/08/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Have you ever wondered what you should pray for yourself or for another follower of Christ? The Apostle Paul gives us a marvelous example of prayer for spiritual maturity. It is a prayer for true knowledge of God’s will for our lives so that we might walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.

Faith Can Fix Anything

09/24/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe

Summary: This statement often shows up when a situation looks hopeless. Alongside comes a well-meaning friend or a self-appointed counselor or even a religious huckster with these words: “If you just had enough faith….” The implication is that with enough faith cancer can be beat, death can be cheated, any problem solved. But is that really true? Is that what the Bible really says? And is that what faith is really for?

A Valley Means A Wrong Turn

09/17/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe

Summary: When you find yourself in a valley does it mean you took a wrong turn? Or is it possible that you are right where God wants you? Perhaps God will use your valley in his plan of building Christ-likeness in you.

Everything Happens For A Reason

09/10/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe

Summary: You have perhaps heard this statement from someone who is trying to encourage you or comfort you in the midst of a difficult or tragic situation. Maybe you have said this yourself to another person hoping that it would make them feel better or give them a sense of hope. But is that statement really true? Depends. A careful study of Romans 8:28 will help you know if this is just a dumb thing many smart Christians believe.