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The letter to the Colossians was written to a young church learning how to follow Jesus in a pluralistic society. Christians were facing pressure from both outside and inside the church to conform their beliefs to those of their neighbors and make Christianity more culturally palatable. The exact nature of the controversy in Colossae is never explicitly described, but it can be inferred from analysis of Paul’s refutation that it was religious syncretism  the attempted fusion of different (often contradictory) religious beliefs. The Colossian syncretism was diverse, blending elements of local folk belief, traditional Judaism and early Gnostic mysticism including, ceremonialism, asceticism, and angel worship among other things.

This 12-week sermon series by pastor Bryan Robbins will explore Paul’s primary purpose in the letter to the Colossians - to refute that heresy by exalting Christ as greater than all. Jesus is the very image of God (1:15), the Creator (1:16) and sustainer of all things (1:17). He is the head of the Church (1:18) the first to be resurrected (1:18), the fullness of God in bodily form (1:19), and the ultimate reconciler (1:20-22). As we’ll see in this series, the first two chapters draw out these and other significant theological truths that root us in the true person of Jesus and protect us from foolish, errant ways of thinking about who he is. The last two chapters focus on the implications of living for Christ. If Jesus is who Paul says he is in chapters 1-2, then the most obvious thing would be for us to live as instructed in chapters 3-4.

STUDY GUIDE

To help you dig deeper into the Word, we have created a series study guide for you to use with your community group, your family, or just for personal study. Click here to download a printable version. 

 

 

 

 

 

Greater Than

Part 12: Sharing Life

Colossians 4:7-18 / Bryan Robbins
December 27, 2015
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Part 11: Prayer & Proclamation

Colossians 4:2-6 / Bryan Robbins
November 29, 2015
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Part 10: House Rules

Colossians 3:18-4:1 / Bryan Robbins
November 22, 2015
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Part 9: Putting On

Colossians 3:12-17 / Bryan Robbins
November 15, 2015
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Part 8: Putting Off

Colossians 3:1-11 / Bryan Robbins
November 8, 2015
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Part 7: Shadows and Substance

Colossians 2:16-23 / Bryan Robbins
November 1, 2015
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Part 6: Deep Roots

Colossians 2:6-15 / Drew Cistola
October 25, 2015
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Part 5: Solid Ground

Colossians 2:1-5 / Bryan Robbins
October 18, 2015
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Part 4: Hope of Glory

Colossians 1:24-29 / Bryan Robbins
October 11, 2015
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Part 3: All About Jesus

Colossians 1:15-23 / Bryan Robbins
October 4, 2015
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Part 2: Gospel Growth Pt. 2

Colossians 1:9-14 / Bryan Robbins
September 27, 2015
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Part 1: Gospel Growth Pt. 1

Colossians 1:1-8 / Bryan Robbins
September 20, 2015
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