Living in the Fullness of Jesus – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric shares a special message titled ‘Living in the Fullness of Jesus’ based on Colossians 2:6-10.

1. Closer
2. Deeper
3. Higher

4. Stronger

ICEBREAKER: What is your favourite genre of movie? Why?

1. The Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians to combat false teaching [Colossians 2:4]. Why is false teaching so dangerous [cf. Romans 16:17-18; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4; and Ephesians 4:14]?
2. Paul repurposed the key words used by the false teachers in Colossae to establish the truth. Some of these terms are listed in Colossians 2:2-3: “understanding”, “knowledge”, “mystery”, and “wisdom”. According to these terms, how does Christ reveal the truth [cf. Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 1:30; and Colossians 1:24-27]?
3. What does it mean to “receive Christ Jesus as Lord” [Colossians 2:6]? Also consult Acts 16:30-31; Romans 10:9-13; and Philippians 2:9-11 for further insights.
4. Colossians 2:6 tells Christians to “walk in Him [Christ Jesus]”. It is a present tense command calling for a continuous or repeated walk on a moment-to-moment basis. How does this word picture help you in your spiritual journey [cf. Galatians 5:16, 25; Colossians 1:9-10; and 1 Thessalonians 4:1]?
5. How do the ideas of being rooted, built up, and established in the faith help you understand how to walk in Christ [Colossians 2:7]? Also, consider 1 Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 2:19-22; and Ephesians 3:17 for more ideas.
6. What two conflicting worldviews are seeking to take people captive in Colossians 2:8-10, and how do they contrast with each other? Why is Christ the only One we should allow to captivate our hearts [cf. Galatians 4:3-7; Colossians 2:20-23; and 1 Timothy 6:20-21]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“God has a program of character
development for each of us.
He wants others to look
at our lives and say, He walks with God,
for he lives like Christ.”
Erwin W. Lutzer