Christ Supreme: A Study In Colossians (Page 2)

Filled With The Spirit – Filled With The Word

Colossians 3:16 — In Ephesians chapter five, all Christians are commanded to be “filled with the Spirit.” What does this mean? How does it happen? What are the results? These are the questions we consider in this lesson and we’re greatly helped in answering them by what Paul wrote to the Colossians. Understanding the filling of…

Singing In Corporate Worship

Colossians 3:16 — “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Singing in corporate worship has become a very controversial issue in evangelical circles over the last 30-40 years. There’s even…

The Early Church: Its Bible & Its Singing

Colossians 3:16 — “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…”   How were the Colossians to put this command into practice? What “word” did they have? What “songs” did they sing? These are interesting questions and they help…

The Umpire In Our Hearts

Colossians 3:15 — “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” Peace is essential to our wellbeing and yet it’s something we often fail to experience. Perhaps this is because we don’t understand how the Bible talks about peace, or how it is we come to know that peace within our own hearts. In…

Love & Authentic Virtue

Colossians 3:14 — “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” Love is the fountainhead of authentic Christian virtue. That’s what Paul teaches us in this text as he brings to a close his discussion of the “new man” and his “new clothes.” Without love, our efforts to exercise the Christian…

New Clothes For The New Man

Colossians 3:12-13 — With new life in Christ comes a new way of living, but it’s not automatic. There are sins to be put off and virtues to be put on. That’s what Paul instructs his readers to do in this text – to put on new attitudes and new behaviours as they would new clean…

Equality & Unity In Christ Alone

Colossians 3:11 — Race, religion and class. Three phenomena that have divided human societies for millennia and continue do so. Despite the best efforts of governments and progressive organisations prejudice and discrimination remain. We’re told endlessly that we need “to come together” but we simply can’t and that’s because we are so thoroughly broken by…

The Change That Makes All The Difference

Colossians 3:9b-10 — Why is a Christian capable of saying “no” to sin? Why should they? It’s because a decisive change has taken place. The “old man” has been put off and the “new man” put on. That’s what the Apostle Paul tells us in these verses and it’s very good news! But what exactly is he…

Bad Heart – Bad Mouth

Colossians 3:8-9a — Jesus taught that what comes out of our mouth comes from the heart. So if we’re going to speak in a way that honours God and blesses others we first have to address what’s going on in our heart. This is what Paul does when he turns his attention to our speech in his…

Salvation From Sexual Sin

Colossians 3:6-7 — Sadly, many forms of sexual immorality barely raise an eyebrow in our world today and evangelical Christians, though not approving, can become indifferent. They’re not bothered by the sexual sin that is rampant in our community and in the media. In this text the Holy Spirit, via Paul’s pen, gives us a…