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DREAM BIG/STAY HUMBLE – Colossians part 2

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Watch the sermon here:

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. ” – Colossians 1:15-17 (NIV)
1. By looking at Jesus and what He created we discovery who God is.
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vs. 15, 16 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created:
 
 
2. Creation was Jesus idea.
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vs. 16b all things have been created through him and for him.
Psalm 19:1  The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
 
 
“Creation was meant to glorify God. The task of the Christian is not to worship nature, but to join nature in worshiping God,”
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Psalm 148:1-5  – Praise to the Lord from Creation

148 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.

3. – 7 Million Cars.

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In America, more than seven million cars are junked every year. In New York city alone there are over 70,000 abandon cars on the streets. We throw away 40 billion metal cans, 26 billion bottles, and 65 billion bottle caps annually.
Indestructible plastic appears everywhere. Oil spills pollute our beaches and chemical rail and expanding industry destroy our forest.
 
 
4. Saving souls or saving trees?
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There seems to be a conflict between those who are in the “soul winning” business and those who are in the “tree hugging/saving business.
This is ridiculous…We need saved souls who can live meaningful lives in God’s beautiful world of nature which is yearning to be free from pollution and destruction.
Romans 8:22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
5. We need to care about creation because Jesus made it!
6. We are owners of nothing and stewards of everything.
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Psalm 24:1 “A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”

Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”

Maybe our God is much bigger than we know! – Maybe it’s more than just about us.

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For God so loved the world (cosmos) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
 
 the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. – Colossians 1:23
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Dream BIG/Stay HUMBLE – Colossians part 1

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Here is the video and talking points to this message.

“since we heard of your  faith in Christ Jesus and of your  love for all the saints; 5 because of the  hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.”         – Colossians 1:4,5 

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE CITY OF COLOSSAE. – COLOSAL – (kolossós, “large statue, )

Maybe Colossae received it’s name from becoming large overnight .

Antiochos The Great  is said to have relocated 2000 Jewish families from Babylonia and Mesopotamia to the city.

The city was decimated by an earthquake in the 60s AD

Colossae was destroyed, ultimately, by the Turks in the 12th century

The book of Colossians was written by Paul around 60 A.D.

Paul’s name literally means “Paul the little” – or “small”.

God’s ways are not our ways.

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” – Matthew 20:16

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” – 1 Corinthians 1:27

“if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20

 

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” – Psalm 34:3

  1. God can become small to us when we are so far away from him.

2. We need a close up picture of our creator!

3. The nearer we get to him the bigger he becomes to us.

THE CREATOR IS GREATER THAN THE UNIVERSE.

TALLER THAN TIME.

LARGER THAN HUMANITY.

BIGGER THAN OUR RESTLESSNESS.

 

1. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN  BIG STEPS INTO SMALL?

vs. 4 & 5 since we heard of your  faith in Christ Jesus and of your  love for all the saints; 5 because of the  hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,

Which you heard in the “word of truth” of the Gospel

Our small faith becomes BIG faith

Our small love becomes BIG love.

Our small hope becomes BIG hope.

 

2. AWARENESS = NEARNESS

vs. 9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

“Two men looked out from prison bars,
One saw the mud, the other saw stars.” – Dale Carnegie

 

3. THE CREATORS INTENTIONS  FOR CREATIONS ACTIONS.

Vs. 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Our styles of relating to each other and to our creator

We all have a predominant style:
Move Against
Move Away
Move Toward

 

Conclusion: our problem .

When the pieces don’t look like the picture and the process doesn’t look like the promise .

Many of us have made it here on BROKEN PIECES.

vs. 4 & 5 since we heard of your  faith in Christ Jesus and of your  love for all the saints; 5 because of the  hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,

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Guest Blogger Monty Sears

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“Light Afflictions”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Therefore we do not lose heart.  Even tho our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceedingly and eternal weight of glory
ONE: The Bed  –  John 11:1-4.  
 
TWO: The Tomb  –  John 11:32-35. 
 
THREE: The Chair  –  John 12:1, 2.  
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