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Col 2 9_15

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 Secular:

** If in the natural development cycle… the word “why

** Backyard chores “why”… just because, lame reasons

·                     change of heart when a great reason to be motivated happens, pool, skateboard ramp…

Review OVERHEAD it begs the question WHY… it is all about Jesus Christ…

Biblical: (NKJV)

1 Col. 2: 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Personal:

The Me-Scale or Me-Factor… weigh our participation

o                                           Some reasons nobler than others

·                     Who wants me to do it…

·                     What is the final result…

·                     What is the benefit (is it going injure or hurt me)…

·                     Do I win…

Bridge: The Gospel of Jesus Christ answers these questions

·         Who wants me to do it… Jesus who is Completely God

·         What is the final result… Complete Salvation for those who believe!

·         What is the benefit (is it going injure or hurt me)… Complete forgiveness!

·         Do I win… Complete Victory!

 

Body:

Completely God

We are on this Great Adventure because Jesus Christ who is fully God has sent us on this mission.

NIV -  9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

-          Fullness of Deity & fully human (bodily form)

o       Christ is in every sense God

o       An is able to understand and intercede – fully human

Hebrews 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-- yet was without sin.

 

-          We were Incomplete… Incapable

o       God shaped hole in your heart (know something is missing)

o       Power over sin, restored in relationship to God

-          Head of all power and authority

** Memo from the mailroom… memo from the CEO!!

We are on this Great Adventure because Jesus Christ who is fully God has sent us on this mission.

Complete Salvation

We are on this Great Adventure because Jesus Christ who is fully God has given us Complete Salvation.

11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

-          Not some physical change

-          Redemption through Christ

-          Redemption by Christ

-          Salvation:

o       Given fullness in a Loving God (v.10)

o       Casting off sin… through his sacrifice

o       Dying to old nature

o       Rising to new life in Christ

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

 

We are on this Great Adventure because Jesus Christ who is fully God has given us Complete Salvation

 

 

Complete Forgiveness

We are on this Great Adventure because Jesus Christ who is fully God has given us Complete Forgiveness

13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

-          Uncircumcision – those outside the covenant. Those separated from God.

-          Jesus Christ has made us alive… forgiving your sins

-          Paying the debt… the requirement of God… for our falling short of the holiness of God… Jew and Gentile alike have failed. 3 centuries before Christ, in the first century and 2000 years after Christ….

 Romans 2:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Jesus took the sins of every believer to Calvary, to the cross… the cross that was a symbol of death is now vacant… the empty cross the symbol of life eternal. – He took our inability to be holy ourselves and nailed our sins to the cross…

Eph 5:25b - just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

We are on this Great Adventure because Jesus Christ who is fully God has given us Complete Forgiveness

 

Complete Victory

We are on this Great Adventure because Jesus Christ who is fully God has Complete Victory

15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

-          Just as a Roman general would drag his captives through the streets humiliating them before the chanting crowds, Christ through his resurrection – demonstrated his victory over sin, death and the grave.

-          Christ demonstrated the Victory of the resurrection… the resurrection hope of all believers.

We are on this Great Adventure because Jesus Christ who is fully God has Complete Victory.

Conclusion:

-          Completely God

-          Complete Salvation

-          Complete Forgiveness

-          Complete Victory

The Great Adventure

Invitation!

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