Jesus is Enough Life

Second Sunday in Easter: Col. 3:1-11 What is life? What does it mean to be alive? On the one hand we might define it purely physically, biologically: a heart beat, lungs breathing, a certain level of brain wave activity. When God created Adam, He breathed life into him, and he became a living being. But…

Jesus is Enough Freedom: Col. 2:16-23

Introduction We said last week that forgiveness is the foundation of our resistance to all lies, half truths, and empty philosophies. This is because guilt is what makes us vulnerable. Guilt is what makes us captive to every tyranny. It doesn’t allow us to see clearly.  But the flip side of this truth is therefore…

Paid in Full

In my sermon this last week, I said that God’s approval of us is not based on our performance but based solely on Jesus and what He has done for us. A reasonable question might be: But what about the fact that the Bible somewhat frequently describes God’s disapproval based on people’s performances? Don’t people…

Jesus is Enough Forgiveness: Col. 2:8-15

Introduction Today we continue Paul’s letter to the Colossians, particularly looking at Paul’s warning to be on guard against empty philosophies and traditions. Instead, Paul urges us to rest secure in the fortress of forgiveness because Jesus is enough forgiveness. Summary of the Text: Paul has already alluded to the possibility of “enticing words” (2:4),…

Jesus is Enough Wisdom: Col. 2:1-7

Introduction Paul writes the Colossians to assure them that Jesus is enough grace, power, glory, and today we consider the fact that Jesus is enough wisdom. Because Jesus is the very image of the invisible God (1:15), He is the perfect, complete Word of the Father to us. Jesus is our understanding, our wisdom. Summary…

Jesus is Enough Glory: Col. 1:21-29

Introduction Paul has assured the Colossians that Jesus is enough grace, Jesus is enough power, and this week we consider the fact that Jesus is enough glory. Summary of the Text: Paul turns to address the Colossians directly following his exaltation of Jesus (1:15-20). He reminds them that they have experienced the power of Jesus…

Jesus is Enough Power: Col. 1:9-20

Introduction Paul is writing the Colossians, a new church in Asia Minor, to encourage them in their new faith in Jesus. He writes to assure them that for all their needs, Jesus is enough. Summary of the Text: Following his initial doxology (1:3-8), Paul continues to explain what else he has been praying for (1:9)….

Jesus is Enough

One of the key themes in Paul’s letters to the fledgling churches of the first century is the insistence that Jesus is enough. In Jesus, they have been granted all that is needed. Everything that the Old Covenant foreshadowed is found in Jesus. Everything that the pagan nations ached for and groped toward, has now…

Jesus is Enough Grace: Col. 1:1-8

The letter to the Colossians is written to encourage new Christians in their faith. Paul writes specifically to assure the Colossians that the Jesus they met when they first heard and believed the gospel is everything they need for salvation. Jesus is enough. Summary of the Text: Paul writes as an official emissary of King…