Sermon: “Saying Thank You and Please” - by Randy Roberts
Pastoral Welcome: Marvin Ponder
Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:3–6, 9– 10a, TNIV
Children's Feature: Shawna Campbell
Today we begin an eight-week journey through Paul’s epistle to the church in ancient Colossae. I’ve chosen to title it: The Cosmic Christ and the Common Disciple. I’ve chosen that title because at the heart of this concise epistle lie two realities: the centrality of Jesus Christ for all of life, and the way in which such a realization affects everyday life for the ordinary believer.
In this epistle, we will encounter some of the most sublime language ever written about Jesus Christ, and that language will make some of the most astounding claims ever made about him. But in this epistle we will also find counsel directed to ordinary believers living life in the humble circumstances of their time. Their interactions with the world around them—including the religious world—are allowing certain beliefs to ooze into their religious thinking that are a profound threat to the centrality of Jesus. So Paul puts pen to parchment and fires off a missive unequivocal in its defense of the cosmic Christ.
I invite you to join me as we common disciples consider both the glory and the implications of the cosmic Christ.