“Love is patient” 1 Corinthians 13:4
Monthly Archives: October 2007
Jeff Foxworthy is awesome. I can relate to most of his “Redneck Jokes”. Enjoy.
This past week ESPN did an interesting story on John Kitna, quarterback for the Detroit Lions. As a Christian he is taking a stand in the locker room. This story reminds me that every believer is a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You are the minister at home and work. As you read this story, I hope you are challenged to shine for Christ where you are. You don’t have to be on a church staff to be a witness.
Here is the story on Jon Kitna
Colossians 2: 6-23,
“6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.”
Points to Ponder:
1. Verse 6 challenges a believer to live for Christ in the same way he or she came to Christ. There is only one way to come to Christ and that is by placing your complete trust in Him. This complete trust in Christ is also called faith. Are you living your Christian life through faith?
2. Verse 8 warns of getting sidetracked in useless debates and philosophies. As a believer the challenge is to keep Christ the focus of our minds and ministries. If we aren’t careful we will santicify our human traditions and expressions of worship towards God. There is nothing wrong with these until they become a substitute for faith and God’s Word. Has your focus been taken off of Christ because of a theological debate?
3. In verses 12, 13, and 14 Paul gives a power picture of what God has done with our debt of sin. God nailed it to the cross. As a believer, how do I know that my sins are really forgiven? God nailed them to the cross through Jesus’ death. How do I know that I have a new life? Because Jesus rose again.
4. The last part of the text is a warn against judging people according to thier level of religious works. Christ didn’t come to make us religious but righteous. Religion says that if I do certain things I will be right with God. Christianity realizes that Christ alone makes one right with God and now I can live how He wants.
Song of Response: “Come to Jesus” by Chris Rice