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The vision of Christ

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Colossians 1:13-29 ESV

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Jesus is the head

Two or three people that gather (assemble together) in the name of Jesus (Matthew 18:20)

Matthew 28:18–20 (ESV)

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

That is a very good question, and the how to is very simple, actually you can sum it up in one word. Obedience. When we repent and turn from our wickedness and submit our lives to Him, something happens on the inside of us. We become born again, born of the Spirit. It is then that we should have someone in our life that can disciple us.

First thing let’s get through the red tape, have you submitted your life to the Lordship of Jesus? Yes then continue, if no. Stop right here, contact me and let’s talk about the Gospel. No of this matters if Jesus is not the Lord of your life and you are abiding in Him!

If you said Jesus is your Lord then the next steps is to find out if you are in assembly (local church) with other believers? You cannot be discipled if you are not spending time around others that can disciple you. If you are not in assembly with other believers stop here and contact me and let’s discuss discipleship options.

Baptizing and teaching are steps you walk out once the one discipling you feels you have grown spiritually to be sent out as a laborer. Knowing Jesus is always with you is a understanding you gain through hearing and walking out the His Gospel.

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