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CHURCH STRONG #6

First Baptist Church, Spartanburg

September 26, 2021

Donald J. Wilton

FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHURCH
Colossians 1: 24-2:5

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Looking to Jesus (Part 2) - September 19, 2021
Colossians 1:15-29
Dr. Don Wilton

 As we continue our study in the book of Colossians, Dr. Wilton reminds us that the pagans used the name of Jesus in various ways but definitely not as the Son of God. Even many "religious" people of the day did not recognize Jesus as God. The Christians at this time were facing all kinds of problems other than those presented by the pagans. There were governmental issues and illnesses that caused them to be depressed and oppressed.

Paul reminds these people to look to Jesus who is the image of God and the Creator of all things. He is our sustainer and our hope and glory as well as the reconciler for all sinners. He represents the fullness of God and is the Head of the church.

We today are very similar to Paul's audience. We are surrounded by people who do not accept Jesus as the Son of God. We have friends who are religious, doing all the right things but do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. We are also citizens of a county with a distorted government.

As Christians, we must believe and proclaim that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the beginning and the end. How wonderful and exciting to know that we can look to Jesus Who can give us strength, hope and purpose!

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