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Transformed By Jesus

Transformed By Jesus

“To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily” Colossians 1:29

Over the next five Sundays, the sermons will be based on the New Testament book of Colossians. The overarching theme of this short book is the sufficiency of Jesus Christ to transform our lives into people who can live like He did when he was on earth. Jesus demanded difficult ideals such as humility that we talked about last Sunday. He also demanded love for our enemies, not seeking revenge for wrongdoing, giving to those who are in need, and many other actions that we do not find coming easily from a natural perspective.

Colossians teaches us that the presence and power of Jesus is continuing to work in each of us — striving to make us in His image. In verse 29 above, Paul states that his continued work and ministry is only possible because of Jesus working in him mightily. When we feel inadequate to do the ministry to which we have been called, we turn to the power of Jesus that dwells within us and reclaim the promise that He will work in and through us to transform our personality and ability.

In the first chapter, Paul addresses our new identity in Christ. His prayer for the Colossians and for us is that “God will fill us with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.” (verse 9) Imagine that kind of promise of a new identity. One in which God has filled us with knowledge of his will and has given us all wisdom and understanding. This promise and prayer is the reason that we can be confident that God will work in us to transform us into the people he wants us to be.

There is much more in the first chapter and in the rest of the book. This book is filled with wonderful promises and excellent direction of how to live the transformed life. Read the book ahead of time and study some at home so you will be more familiar with the passage. Come each Sunday with an expectant attitude and an open heart. Come looking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life as the risen Jesus continues to work in you to bring about this new identity in Christ.

David Brock

 

david brock ovalDavid loves being with people and greatly enjoys serving as pastor of Spiceland Friends Church. He and his wife, Linda, enjoy spending time with their three grown children and their grandchildren. David is also a full-time attorney. David likes to say that his job description is simple - it is like a pizza delivery person - deliver a hot, fresh sermon each week in LESS THAN 20 MINUTES! Actually, he does a few more things at the church, but his focus on the pastoral team is preparing a Sunday morning message that makes the scripture relevant and applicable to our lives.


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