All Things By and For Jesus (Intro and Read Through)

Colossians 1-3

Pastor Brandon Current  | July 12, 2015





Jesus Christ is the focal point of all of creation and human life. He has created us, saved us, and become the pattern for our lives.


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The Fruitful Triad

Colossians 1:1-8

Pastor Brandon Current  | July 19, 2015





By God’s grace, the gospel produces faith, hope, and love in us. This love drives us to be intimately concerned for the spiritual welfare of all our brother’s and sister’s in Christ.


Pray for Souls More than Sores

Colossians 1:9-12

Pastor Brandon Current  | July 26, 2015





Believers are called to intercede for one another. The single most important prayer request for us to make on one another’s behalf, is for spiritual maturity. While we are also instructed to pray for one another temporary and physical burdens, the bulk of our prayers are often on earthly matters rather than eternal concerns. We should instead follow Paul’s example in praying for the Colossians.


I've Been Redeemed!

Colossians 1:12-14, 21-22

Pastor Brandon Current  | August 2, 2015





The gospel is not just some good news to be believed, but firm realities of the believer’s new identity and future hope. The gospel is not just a message of what happened at the cross, but what happens and will happen for the one who believes.


Confidently Hanging On for Dear Life

Colossians 1:23

Pastor Brandon Current  | August 9, 2015





The great promises of salvation are present realities for all who hold fast to the gospel and remain in Christ until the end. We must therefore put our present effort into persevering in the faith, even as we are confident that we are held in the faith by the power of Christ.


Master of the Universe

Colossians 1:15-20

Pastor Brandon Current  | August 16, 2015





One cannot have to high an opinion of Christ. All things were created by him, exists in him, and were made for him. It is right for us to view the church, ourselves, others, and every created thing in light of this truth.


The Gospel Must Go Forward!

Colossians 1:23-29

Pastor Brandon Current  | August 23, 2015





The glorious gospel of Jesus Christ is victorious in the whole world and in our own hearts. We are compelled to cary this gospel to every corner of the globe, and every corner of our sin. This calling will cost us our very lives in suffering in various ways, that Christ might be lifted up and our hope fixed firmly on him.


Marks of Maturity

Colossians 2:1-7

Pastor Brandon Current  | August 30, 2015





In order to withstand the deceptions of the enemy whereby he seeks to destroy us, the church must be mature. In this passage Paul paints a picture of a mature church. We should assess our own church by them and build up whatever areas are lacking.


Man-made Rules Make No One Righteous

Colossians 2:8-23

Pastor Brandon Current  | September 20, 2015





Paul warns the church that external rules and human religion are completely ineffective in both salvation and sanctification. It is only through being joined to the death and resurrection of Christ by the supernatural work of God that condemnation of the law is removed from us. We must therefore cling to Christ alone for salvation and godly fruit in our lives.


Your Mental Forwarding Address

Colossians 3:1-4

Pastor Brandon Current  | September 27, 2015





Paul sums up Christian living with the reminder that we are dead in concern to this world. Our real life is with Jesus. Since our real life is not in this earth, our purpose and focus should remain on the kingdom of God, not on earthly things.


Kill Your Sin

Colossians 3:5-9

Pastor Brandon Current  | October 4, 2015





The sinful cravings of the flesh have no place in the lives of those who have escaped God’s wrath through the cross. We must actively kill every evil desire that remains in our heart.


New, Knowing, Being Renewed

Colossians 3:10-11

Pastor Brandon Current  | October 11, 2015





Christians are an entirely new creation who are learning to walk in our new condition. We grow into the image of Christ as we learn and apply more about him. This new life in Christ is to be our only identity with no division between us in the body of Christ.


Guidelines for the Home

Colossians 3:18-4:1

Pastor Brandon Current  | November 1, 2015





Following Jesus as our Lord means allowing him to define the roles and responsibilities of every relationship (which is ultimately to treat every person as if they were Christ). This will redeem our homes from the fall so that we are a blessing to one another and a light to the world.


All Things Watched, Weighed, and Waged

Colossians 3:23-25

Pastor Brandon Current  | November 8, 2015





After the injunction to do all things as if you are rendering service to Christ, Paul adds this motivation; Christ is a master who rewards good work and punishes wickedness. We are not to think that the sons of the kingdom can sin with impunity. For if the God rebuked Eli for not restraining the wickedness of his sons, He will show himself to be a more honorable Father who disciplines the sons and daughters He loves, and judges all things with an equal standard.


How the Kingdom Advances

Colossians 4:2-6

Pastor Brandon Current  | November 17, 2015





The kingdom of God has been forcefully advancing since its inception with the preaching of John the Baptist. In this passage, Paul lays out the believer’s role in that advance. The kingdom of God grows in souls through prayer, preaching of the gospel, and Godly witness in word and deed.


Many Workers, One Team

Colossians 4:7-15

Pastor Brandon Current  | November 22, 2015





Paul was always careful to connect the churches he worked among with the workers he labored with into one global mission. The Kingdom of God is not divided. We serve one another best by being aware of and concerned for the gospel workers we support and the congregations they serve. 


Potent Points

Colossians 4:16-18

Pastor Brandon Current  | November 29, 2015





The close of Paul’s letters frequently are packed with quick points that unpack to a great amount of useful instruction. In these closing remarks, we learn about the importance of instruction within the church, are reminded of the stewardship we all have before God regarding the gifts he has given us, and the imperative to identify with persecuted believers.