Scripture Passage: Colossians 1:13-20
Today we began a new sermon series from the book of Colossians. Our Community Groups will also be exploring this book in more depth each Sunday. In today’s text, we learned that you will never experience true freedom until you comprehend three truths that lead to real freedom.
A. The Depth of the Darkness (v13a)
If you have been a Christian for many years, it can be easy to become complacent about our former state of being ‘lost.’
Jesus did not come to save ‘good people’ and make them better; but rather, He came to save dead people and make them alive.
Why do we need deliverance?
Recall your life before you became a Christian. Remember that you were completely lost without Him. Thank God for His deliverance.
B. The Superiority of Jesus (v. 13b)
Redemption is the forgiveness of sin and only comes through Jesus Christ. Freedom understands just how great a Savior Jesus is.
Read Colossians 2:14-20.
What are some of the attributes listed in this passage?
Our lives are pulled in so many directions. Jesus loves you and He wants all of your affection. Where are your affections today? Discuss practical ways you can be in His presence.
C. The Magnitude of God’s Grace (v. 14)
This is the heart of freedom! His grace brings freedom. We live in a community where people possess an extraordinary measure of affluence and education; where success can often be measured by our performance, or by our possessions.
Freedom (and fulfillment) is not about “doing.” It is about knowing! It’s experiencing the grace of Jesus by enjoying the love relationship He has for your.
Are you relying on your abilities or your efforts to gain freedom or experience fulfillment?
Read Ephesians 2:8-9