If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
— Colossians 3:1
 
 

Commander & King

 


There is a story about a frog that displays for us how easy and often unaware drift becomes in our lives.  The boiling frog anecdote describes a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. This story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of threats that occur gradually.

The biblical book of Colossians was written explicitly to defeat the false teaching that had arisen in the church in Colosse, which endangered the existence of the church. Like the frog in the water, the Colosse church was not perceiving the danger that was in their midst. The church had slowly bought into a defective view of Jesus by denying His real and true humanity and not accepting Him fully as God.

Colossians presents a picture of Jesus who is the "firstborn over all creation" and has disarmed and triumphed over the powers and authorities. The message of Colossians is the absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ as the Head of all creation and of the Church. There is no other book in the New Testament, including John’s Gospel, that presents such a comprehensive picture of the fullness of Jesus.

Paul seeks to place the church into the "boiling water" so that they can see clearly their eroding understanding of Jesus and re-align the Colosse church to the reality that Jesus is our supreme "Commander and King."

The "Commander and King" teaching series explores Paul's remarkably powerful letter so that our view of Jesus may be so expanded and permanently impressed on us that we will, as a habit, seek those things that are above.

 

Series Schedule

 
April 3 Colossians 1:1-2
April 10 Colossians 1:3-14
April 17 Colossians 1:15-20
April 24 Colossians 1:21-23
May 1 Colossians 1:24-2:5
May 8 Colossians 2:6-15
May 15 Colossians 2:16-23
May 22 [Break]
May 29 Colossians 3:1-4
June 5 Colossians 3:5-11
June 12 Colossians 3:12-17
June 19 Colossians 3:18-4:1
June 26 Colossians 4:2-18