Discipleship is All About Jesus

Yesterday in my sermon on Colossians 2:6-7 (link coming soon!), I said that this short text from Paul is his view of discipleship in a nutshell. Paul tells us what discipleship is all about when he says that we are to “walk in [Jesus], having been rooted in him and now being built up in him” (literal…

Looking Forward to Wearing a White Robe

Here’s a segment of a sermon I preached called “You Can Change” from Colossians 3:1-17: In a passage that accentuates the tension between what we are in Christ and what we experience in our daily life on earth, Paul gives us a tremendous word of promise.  Right now, in our effort to put on virtue,…

The Supremacy of Christ in Colossians 1-2

Colossians 3-4 is filled with practical exhortation for Christian living. But before Paul lists imperative after imperative, he sets forth the supremacy of Christ as the foundation for Christian experience. It’s beyond a doubt that the big theme of Colossians is “Jesus is Supreme.” It is through Christ that believers have been delivered from the…

You Are Weird to God

When you hear the word “alienated,” what comes to mind?  You probably think words like of “strange,” “foreign,” or “different.” How about “weird”? If you look up “weird” in the dictionary, you might find something like this: “involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound; weird lights.”  Interesting.  That sounds like they…

The Gospel According to Isaiah

Some have called Isaiah the “fifth gospel” because it is so blatantly clear about the coming Messiah.  It was written before the gospel narratives in the New Testament, so perhaps it’s not “fifth” in order.  Perhaps a better name could have been given.  Nevertheless, Isaiah preaches the gospel of Jesus, and it couldn’t be more…

Matthew Henry on Killing Sin

It is our duty to mortify our members which incline to the things of the world. Mortify them, kill them, suppress them, as weeds or vermin which spread and destroy all about them. Continual opposition must be made to all corrupt workings, and no provision made for carnal indulgences. Occasions of sin must be avoided:…