Sunday Service 2020

Jesus Is the Firstborn of All Creation

Studying the use of the Greek word prototokos, being translated “firstborn” in Colossians 1:15, w...

Studying the use of the Greek word prototokos, being translated “firstborn” in Colossians 1:15, we see that it is impossible to conclude that Jesus is a created being. Rather, He is the first of His kind, firstborn of all creation to be raised up from the dead. He set the pattern for those who follow Him by faith, which means we will follow after Him in that same way! Colossians 1:15-16.  Disc 12 of the current series: Colossians Chapter 1. VF-2265

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The Taxonomy of the Church: Christ is the Head

Christ is the head of the church, and this church exists for His purposes, not to be what people ...

Christ is the head of the church, and this church exists for His purposes, not to be what people think it should be. It exists to make learners who will grow in Christ and build up the body of the church. Colossians 1:17-18. Disc 16 in the current series: Colossians. VF-2269

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Unseen Powers: Two Forces at Work

Continuing the excursion on angels, it is clear that there are many references to angels through ...

Continuing the excursion on angels, it is clear that there are many references to angels through the Scriptures. The elect, un-fallen angels that remain holy and dedicated to God carry out His will, deliver messages, and give guidance and help to humans as His representatives. The evil, fallen angels report to the god of this world, satan, and bring twisted messages designed to derail us from the path of faith. It is important to recognize the reality of these two forces at work, and to put o...

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The Point and Purpose of Angels

As background to the teaching Paul had to do to counter the false doctrine of angel worship, we c...

As background to the teaching Paul had to do to counter the false doctrine of angel worship, we can look to the Scriptures, especially the Pentateuch, to make sure we understand the nature and role of angels. There are different categories of sometimes seen and sometimes unseen created beings who carry out assignments from God, and some references to "the angel of the Lord" are actually a manifestation of God Himself. Ultimately, whether they are good or evil angels, they are not to be worshi...

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God Has a Plan for His Creation

Digging into the original language in Colossians 1:16, we see Christ is the basis for creation, H...

Digging into the original language in Colossians 1:16, we see Christ is the basis for creation, He is the instrument of creation, and the purpose of creation goes back to Him. He could not have been created if He was the Creator, which puts Him above all angels. We are part of the creation, and God's plan for us is to praise Him. Colossians 1:16. Disc 13 in the current series: Colossians. VF-2266

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Christ is the Icon of the Invisible God

The first half of Colossians 1:15 declares that Christ is the image or "Icon" of the invisible Go...

The first half of Colossians 1:15 declares that Christ is the image or "Icon" of the invisible God. The heretical idea that Christ was merely like God and not of the same substance crept into the early church, and even today some believe Christ is only a created being. Paul makes it clear to the Colossians: Christ is the likeness and incarnate revelation of God to humankind. Colossians 1:15. Disc 11 in the current series: Colossians. VF-2264

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