Colossians No. 16 Colossians 4:7-18

Tonight we conclude our series of evening sermons on Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Before moving on to something else, we’ll spend two Lord’s Day evenings considering the related letter of Paul to Philemon, one of the members of the Colossian cong…

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words [No Audio]

The chapter began with two short parables: the lost sheep and the lost coin. We come now to the third parable in this set, the parable of the lost son.  However your ESV editors didn’t dare call it that because it has been beloved throughout …

The Apostle Peter No. 1

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve Service of Lessons & Carols
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Variations on "In Dulci Jubilo"……………. Denis Bedard (1950 — )
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Annual Sunday School Christmas Program 2012

“The Birthday of a King”
Dec. 23, 2112
Cover by Noah Shelden
Prelude Musicians (5:30)
Haylee Darby – Carol of the Bells
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The Christmas History Luke 1:5-7

I have chosen for my text this morning two short and representative sections of the Christmas history from the Gospel of Luke. I chose these two readings because they accent the historical nature of the narrative of the birth of Jesus Christ. By “h…

Colossians No. 15 Colossians 4:2-6

After an introductory summary description of Christian ethics in 3:1-17, Paul addressed six groups of Christians in regard to the specific responsibilities that belonged to their station in life: wives and husbands, children and parents, and slaves a…

Ex Hypothesi

Luke chapter 15, one of the best known and best loved chapters of the Bible, having left its mark on Christian art and Christian hymnody, is composed of three parables, all devoted to the same general theme. Two of them are short and they are foll…

Colossians No. 14 Colossians 3:22-4:1

We are in that section of Paul’s ethical instructions dealing with the particular callings of Christians given their various stations in life. We have read and considered his words to husbands and wives and to parents and children. Now we w…

Reasons Not to Be a Christian

Once again this morning we find ourselves considering teaching that bears on the great themes that have occupied us for a number of weeks. In the previous paragraphs the Lord has spoken of bringing not peace but a sword, that he would be the cause…

Colossians No. 13 Colossians 3:20-21

We are descending from Paul’s grand summary of the Christian life in 3:1-17 to more specific instructions to Christians in respect to their various stations of life. We pointed out last time that it was natural for Paul to begin with the home, where …

The Great Banquet

We are still at the banquet to which Jesus had been invited by a prominent Pharisee on a Sabbath day. They were setting a trap for him and hoped to catch him in something he said. But they got for their pains memorable table-talk such as they ha…

Colossians No. 12 Colossians 3:18-19

Paul has concluded his summary of the Christian life. Now, as in a number of his other letters, he descends to details, as the Puritans used to put it, “breaking grace up small.” And he begins, where our lives begin, in our homes. And in the home t…

The Lord’s Sabbaths

While you are turning up Luke 14:1-6 I’ll mention that Mr. and Mrs. Bechtel are in Salem, Oregon today to be with Chris and Jackie in expectation of a baby to be born to them relatively soon. As a result we have been listening to the piano r…

Colossians No. 11 Colossians 3:1-17

We have looked twice already at this paragraph, first to notice the typical way in which Paul outlines the practice of the Christian life: first as the outgrowth or emanation of God’s gracious salvation and our union with Christ in his wor…

The Scandal of our Faith

We are taking a bit longer reading this morning, four paragraphs, but though devoted to different subjects, they combine to make a point.
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v.13     Notice that the woman glorified God. She may not have under…

Ephesus Does Not Stand Alone

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The Israelization of Canaan

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Colossians No. 10 Colossians 3:1-14

Last time we considered the opening four verses of chapter three, the introduction to the ethical section of Paul’s letter, his application of the theology of Christ and salvation he gave us in chapters 1 and 2 to the daily life and conduct of Christ…

Premonition of Doom

In our reading this morning, we are continuing the theme of some of the other specimens of the Lord’s teaching that make up this section of the Gospel. We have heard the Lord warn his hearers that those who refuse to acknowledge him before m…

Paul & the World: In It, but Not of It, Pt. 2

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God Can Do It Again (Reformation Sunday)

This being Reformation Sunday I thought it appropriate to depart from our morning series of sermons on the Gospel of Luke to preach a text apropos this annual remembrance. One commentary on Psalm 126 entitles the psalm “God Can Do It Again.” [Alle…

Colossians No. 9 Colossians 3:1-4

Our last time in Colossians was the last Lord’s Day evening of September. So let’s take a quick glance over the first two chapters and remind ourselves of the ground we have so far covered. The opening thanksgiving, typical in Paul’s letters but more…

Not Peace but a Sword

We are still in a section of the gospel devoted to specimens of the Lord’s teaching. The Lord came to bring peace, but some things are more important than peace, or better, sometimes division and conflict are necessary finally to obtain true…

Funeral Service of LaVerne Swanson Rayburn

I preached the funeral sermon for my Father and for my sister and now I am preaching the funeral of my mother. It has been a great privilege for me, but it has not been without cost. I’ve noticed that members of the extended family now regu…

How Much Longer?

We are in a section of Luke’s Gospel devoted to the Lord’s teaching and among the various pieces of that teaching are several that have cast our attention forward to either the end of life or the end of history. We have called this &ld…

Naomi, Ruth & Boaz Ministry, Yvette Kungkagum

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Paul & the World: In It, but Not of It, Pt. 1

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The Shame Game

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Colossians No. 8 Colossians 2:16-23

We have just concluded a magisterial summary of salvation as the work of Christ on the cross; how at the cross he both satisfied divine justice for our sins and disarmed the spiritual powers that otherwise keep human beings in captivity. But now, s…

Consider the Lillies

The paragraph we have before us this morning continues the thought of the parable of the rich fool. That will be obvious to you as we read, but Luke leaves us in no doubt by his use of the word “treasure” both in v. 21, in the concludi…

Colossians No. 7 Colossians 2:13-15

We read vv. 6-12 last time, but I’ll read them again to remind you of the context.

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v.6

By the way Paul’s verb is “walk.” If you remember one of the defects of the NIV as a translation of the New Testament was that i…

Sub Specie Aeternitatis

This is material in the gospel arranged according to a theme. The Lord may have delivered this teaching at different times, but Luke has collected them here. You will be able to see very quickly next Lord’s Day how the next paragraph follows…

Adoption Group Presentation

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Hospitality

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Walking With Christ Colossians 2:6-12

Before Paul begins explicitly to interact with the false teaching that was troubling the Colossian church, he exhorts his listeners to continue in the teaching they had received from Epaphras. The verses we are about to read, especially the first…

Gospel Contradictions

We’ve come in our sermons on the Gospel of Luke to chapter 12 and the first three short paragraphs of that chapter, vv. 1-12. The Lord has just completed a series of addresses against the Pharisees and these three paragraphs seem to continue…

Refugee Journey – World Relief, Holly Andrews

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I Prize Her Heavenly Ways?

The title of the sermon, as many of you will recognize, is taken from Timothy Dwight’s famous hymn I Love Thy Kingdom Lord . The question mark is the point. In singing that hymn generations of Christians have confessed of the church of the…

What Went Wrong?

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v.38     The translation provided in the ESV is a perfectly fine example of a contextual rendering: “he did not first wash before dinner.” Perhaps “lunch” would be better than “dinn…

Bridge Ministry Intro, Rev. Dr. David Emery

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Suffering for Christ’s Sake Colossians 1:24-2:5

Following the salutation and opening thanksgiving in vv. 1-14, we have read Paul’s great Christology in vv. 15-20 and a recollection of God’s work of grace in the lives of these Colossian believers. He didn’t know these people personally but he knew …

Too Late

We have before us a text that you basically never hear preached unless the minister you are listening to happens to preach through entire passages or books of the Bible. This is not a text that ministers themselves find particularly easy to preach…

Israel: Reconciliation in a Conflictual State

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If You Continue… Colossians 1:21-23

We are taking the letter paragraph by paragraph as I said we would. We have come to this short paragraph, separate and distinct from the short paragraph that comes before it . After his identification of Jesus Christ in vv. 15-20, Paul turned to…

Jesus on Jesus

All the Gospels record that demon possession could have a variety of physical and psychological effects. We have discussed the phenomenon of demon possession and the Lord’s power over demons already in this series of sermons because we hav…

The Preeminence of Jesus Christ Colossians 1:15-20

In v. 14 Paul mentioned the Father’s “beloved Son.” That reference to the Lord prompted an extensive identification of Jesus Christ that then proves to serve as a transition to the main argument of the letter. That introduction of Jesus Christ which …

How to Pray

In this section of Luke, full of material that we do not find in the other two synoptic Gospels, Matthew and Mark, we find this teaching about prayer that Matthew includes in his body of the Lord’s teaching (Matthew 5,6 and 7) that we know …

A Thankful, Generous Heart Colossians 1:1-14

Now you will appreciate that it is possible to preach the entire Bible out of any part of the Bible. I could spend years preaching through Colossians and be able to justify every sermon as a legitimate exposition of this letter. I gave you a long ser…

First Things First

Once again, as is the case with most of this material in these chapters of Luke, we have an incident not recorded in the other Gospels though it concerns people mentioned in the Gospel of John. There is a question as to why it is located where it …