What Does it Mean that Jesus is the “Firstborn” of all Creation?

What does it mean that Jesus is the “Firstborn” of all creation? Col 1:15 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” There is a lot of confusion about this statement and I hope to clear up some of that confusion for you. In our culture, the term "firstborn" [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00August 29th, 2016|Blog Posts, Colossians, Hebrews, John, New Testament|0 Comments

Everything Exists to Magnify the Infinite Worth of Jesus

Colossians 1:16 says, "16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him." Paul teaches that God created all things through Christ.  And…all things were created for Him.  All that came into being exists [...]

By |2016-09-08T08:26:59+00:00August 27th, 2016|Blog Posts, Colossians, New Testament|0 Comments

Everything That’s True about God is True about Jesus

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. – Colossians 1:15 He is the visible image of the invisible God.  Eikōn is the Greek word translated as image.  As it is used here, it does not mean a mere likeness – like Jesus seems to appear like God.  It means [...]

What Can Ancient Camping Teach Us About God?

Try to imagine what it must have been like for the Israelites when they wandered around the desert for 40 years.  I could imagine that living in a tent in the middle-eastern wilderness must have been hot, uncomfortable, sandy, dirty, noisy, and dangerous. After I’ve been camping for about 3 nights in my air-conditioned camping [...]

Colossians 4 – Steadfast Prayer

  Introduction 2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I [...]

Colossian 1:24 – Rejoice in Suffering

  Introduction Maybe: I was met with a corporate recruiter for at a large corporation in Phoenix. When I spoke with the recruiter, he told me how wonderful the job was: Good Pay Good Benefits Flexible Hours Great working environment College paid for ….just to find out that he mislead me! Transition – At Canyon [...]

Colossians 2 – Progression in Christ Alone

Download Audio Here Introduction 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 [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:49+00:00November 25th, 2013|Colossians: Hold Fast to Christ|1 Comment

Colossians 1:15-20 – Three Snapshots of Jesus

Download Audio HERE Introduction Your view of Jesus is too small. So is mine. Tonight, I want to blow apart the box you’ve place Jesus in and point to a Christ that is more glorious than you’ve ever seen Him before. When you and I walked into this rec center today, we had some picture [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:49+00:00November 24th, 2013|Colossians: Hold Fast to Christ|0 Comments

Colossians 1: Hold Fast to Our Hope in Christ

  Introduction Gospel Illustration: euaggelion The word translated as “gospel” in the New Testament is based on a term from the ancient battlefield. The Greek word euaggelion (yü-än-ge'-lē-on) means “good tidings” or “good news”, but the historical connotation is much stronger than our English translation. Imagine with me a group of men travelling out of [...]