Colossians 1:18 -- And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Colossians 1 Commentary of the Bible

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Where Hope Begins  ( Colossians 1:1-8 )  Sunday Message

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It is with a sense of excitement and anticipation that I begin with you a series of studies in Paul's letter to the Colossians. This is one of the prison letters of the apostle, written, most scholars believe, while he was a prisoner in Rome, although one scholar makes out a good case for an imprisonment in Ephesus. It is not really of any great importance as to where the apostle was when he wrote this letter: the important thing is the message of the letter itself.

God’s Will, Power and Purpose  ( Colossians 1:1-14 )  Conference Session

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Growing Up  ( Colossians 1:9-14 )  Sunday Message

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We are now well into the Christmas season, and everybody is enjoying the return of the great symbols of our faith in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus. The central symbol of Christmas, of course, is a baby. Perhaps the most loved carol is Martin Luther's cradle hymn, "Away in a manger, no crib for a bed/The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head." Yes, it's wonderful to focus upon the baby Jesus but we sometimes idealize---even idolize---babies.

Knowing God's Will  ( Colossians 1:9-14 )  Daily Devotion

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. (Col 1:9b)

The one thing Paul asks for is that the Colossians might come to understand God's will. This is the important thing to Paul. He knows that if they begin to understand the will of God, everything good that he desires for them will follow. Thus, the chief aim of a believer's life ought to be to know God's will.

What To Pray For  ( Colossians 1:9-14 )  Daily Devotion

...so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work... (Col. 1:10)

Unceasing Prayer  ( Colossians 1:9-14 )  Daily Devotion

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. (Col. 1:9a)

Master of the Universe  ( Colossians 1:15-18 )  Conference Session

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Master of the Universe  ( Colossians 1:15-17 )  Sunday Message

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Charles Wesley's wonderful phrase from "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing,"

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the Incarnate Deity

captures the central truth of our Christian faith. Since the appearance of Jesus on this earth two thousand years ago, Christians have believed that the man called Jesus of Nazareth is and was God the Creator; that the eternal Son dwelt in a human body, thus "veiled in flesh the Godhead see." Every other doctrine of Christianity flows out of that great truth. If it be denied, one has denied the heart of Christian faith and has embraced heresy.

The Reason for the Season  ( Colossians 1:18-20 )  Sunday Message

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Most scholars feel that the magnificent description of Christ found in verses 15-20 of Colossians 1 represents an early Christian hymn which Paul is quoting. These verses may represent the very first of all Christmas carols. If so; it is a hymn of two stanzas. The first concerns Jesus as Lord of creation, i.e. the material universe, and all forces at work within it. The second stanza speaks of Jesus as Lord of the new creation, the new humanity. We have lost the tune for this hymn, but we still have these words which focus upon our Lord's overall supremacy.

Head of the Church   ( Colossians 1:19-23 )  Conference Session

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The Great Mystery  ( Colossians 1:21-29 )  Sunday Message

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You have all seen the television commercial for the Armed Forces that says---to a musical accompaniment---"Be all that you can be." It implies that if you join the Army, the Navy, the Air Force or the Marines, then you can be all that you can be. I don't believe that! Does anybody? But a word like that has strong appeal. Everybody wants to be all that he can be. I have never met anyone who doesn't want to be all that he feels himself capable of being. We all hunger for that. No matter how degraded, downcast or frustrated, everyone longs for fulfillment.

The Great Mystery   ( Colossians 1:24-29 )  Conference Session

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