Sermon Passage: Colossians 1:10-12
Sermon Title: Walk
Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth)
In this passage, Paul, who knows the struggles and the heresy that has risen in the community in Colossae, lists four ways through which the believers could “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord”. This is the ultimate goal of a believer. To walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.
Paul gives us four points. Bear fruit in every good work by being rooted in Christ. Increase in the knowledge of God through studying his heart. Be strengthened for endurance and patiences. Finally, give thanks in joy for the hope of inheritance.
But the most encouraging fact through these four steps is that God is the one doing. With the passive voice verbs in this passage, we know that ultimately it wont be our doing that allows us to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. We only need to take those steps of faith. God will see to it that we do walk in a manner that is worthy to him. He is the one who sent us Christ. and He is the one who is reconciling us to him through the death and blood of Christ too. Just like when Jesus calls to the lame in John 5 to get up and walk, our command is to get up and walk. But just like the lame couldn’t get up on his own strength but only through the strength of God through Christ, we are commanded only to get up and walk through the strength of God revealed to us in Christ.
Sermon Passage: Colossians 1:3-5
Sermon Title: Faith Love and Hope
Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth)
Sermon Summary: As we start this series on Colossians for the next several weeks, it is really important for us to understand who Paul is writing this letter to and the specific reason that led Paul to write this letter to a christian community in Colossae that Paul has never visited himself.
Epaphras, who heard the gospel from Paul when Paul was preaching in Ephasus, brought the good news to his home down and helped establish a Christian community at Colossae but soon after, false teachers and false teaching began to infest the young congregation. they were drawn towards believers who had claimed that they had seen visions of angels and had different spiritual experiences. They claimed that these experiences, not Jesus Christ, had led them to the ultimate spiritual fulfillment.
And knowing this struggle and confusion among the congregation, Paul writes and begins his letter by reminding the community of the three pillars of Christianity: Faith, Love and Hope
Faith in Christ. we often talk about how we need to put our faith in Christ and believe in him. But Paul takes this a step further to show that Christ is the ultimate object of our Faith. Our faith, our christian life, all of it, points towards Christ. Without Christ there is no faith and we have faith only for Christ.
Love for people. As believers, our only true response to Christ is love. Love is the natural response if we truly know and believe in what God has done for us. God loved us while we were sinners and sent his Son as a sacrifice for our souls.
Hope for Inheritance. As children of God, we have an inheritance waiting for us at the end of days. it is the ultimate blessing and goal of a Christian walk. And this hope that we always have allows us, pushes us to have a stronger faith and a deeper love.
These three pillars, Paul reminds the community in Colossae, to hold unto when they are met with false teachings.
Sermon Passage: James 5:19-20
Sermon Title: Wander to Wonder
Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth)
When a sheep strays away from its shepherd, it strays away from its protection, refuge, supervision, comfort, and direction. Without its shepherd, a sheep is helplessly lost. This is what James compares to a person wandering from the truth. To wander from the truth is like a sheep that strays from its shelter, comfort without direction. A wandering soul is helplessly lost. But this word, “wandering” has an opposite meaning in the New Testament. And this complementary meaning is “to grow in Christ”. and how do we grow in Christ? by pursuing the truth that some wander away from. This truth is that Christ yearns for a relationship with us. That because he loves us, he died for our sins.
Then James urges us to bring a wanderer back to the truth. Because to bring him back is to allow him to turn away from the darkness and the power of Satan and to turn towards the light and God.
But often times, don’t we find that “bringing someone back” is a role of the holy and the anointed? do we really take this message to heart? Why do we find that we are often not qualified for God’s kingdom work?
When we find a lost child at a mall, is it our job to take the child home and to feed and clothe him like he is our own? No. We have this misunderstanding that when we evangelize, we need to make sure to bring them to salvation. But is that what God asks of us? no. When we find a lost child, our responsibility is to only bring the child back to its father. The Father will take care of the child. The Father will see to the child’s needs. Our job is to show Christ. Our job is to share the Gospel. To show the way to God.
Sermon Passage: James 5:15-16
Sermon Title: Prayer of Faith
Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth)
Sermon Summary: Why do we pray? Why do we get on our knees, say the Lord’s prayer, hold hands, close our eyes and whisper a prayer? When do you pray? do you pray when you need something? do you pray when you are in times of trouble and hardship? do you pray when things are going well?
Verse 16 says “prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working”. What makes someone righteous? and what is this great power that comes when he prays?
In the Old and New Testament, to say that someone is unrighteous was to say that a person was unlawful. it was to say that the person was a sinner. And so to say that a person is righteous is to say that that person is lawful and sinless. James indicates that when Christians pray, there is great power. We are declared righteous by Christ’s righteousness in his life and in his death. and because we are now considered Children of God, when we pray, we now can employ God’s almighty power. When we pray, there comes healing and forgiveness. When we pray, we pray to the God of the universe. But we don’t only pray for ourselves and our hardships. we are called to pray for one another. We are called to pray for our friends, family and community. This brings healing and forgiveness.