June 09, 2021
Colossians 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
· No Confusion: Jesus is God
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
Zechariah 12:10 (NKJV) Mourning for the Pierced One “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
John 8:58 (NKJV) Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
John 10:30 (NKJV) I and My Father are one
John 14:9 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
John 20:27-28 (NKJV) Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving but believing.” 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Colossians 1:16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Isaiah 43:7 (NASB) Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”
· No Confusion: Jesus wasn’t created; Jesus is the Creator, and we were created for His glory and to glorify Him.
· No Confusion: We glorify God when we walk, talk and act like Jesus did.
· WWJD: What would Jesus do?
· New bracelet DWJD: Do what Jesus did!
· How did Jesus treat lost people?
· Jesus loved them.
· Jesus was kind to them.
· Jesus was patient with them.
· Jesus spoke the Truth with grace to them.
· We’ll win more people to Jesus when they see Jesus through us.
1 John 2:6 (NLT) Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Hebrews 11:3 (NKJV) By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Genesis 1:1 (NKJV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Hebrews 1:1-3 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
· No Confusion: God and His word will hold us together.
· How God and His word hold us together:
· God’s word reveals truth to us.
· God’s word rebukes us.
· God’s word realigns.
· God’s word re-directs us.
· God’s word reassures us.
· What percentage do you spend most of your time thinking about?
· Heavenly things.
· Worldly things.
Psalm 139:17-18 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand
· How to do your day!
· Start with Jesus!
· Stay with Jesus!
· End with Jesus!
Colossians 1:18-20 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. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
· No Confusion: Jesus is the head of the church, and He wants his church to move forward in unity with one another.
John 17:20-21 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
1 Corinthians 1:10 (ESV) appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
· No Confusion: Jesus gives us directions on what to do when have issues with one another.
Matthew 18:15-17 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
· No Confusion: Jesus is into restoration and reconciliation of relationships.
Colossians 1:21-22 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—
John 1:12 (NKJV) Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
· No Confusion: When you put your hope and faith in Jesus, God views you as holy!
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
Colossians 1:23-29 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. 24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
· No Confusion: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
All Bible references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. NLT = New Living Translation.