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Sermon Title: "Whatever"

by Pastor John Martin

September 20, 2020

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Outline of Colossians:

  1. Introduction (1:1-12)

  2. Christ’s Preeminence (1:13-2:23)

    1. His work (1:13-23)

    2. The proclamation (1:24-2:7)

    3. His sufficiency (2:8-23)

  3. Christ in our Conduct (3:1-4:6)

    1. Union with Christ (3:1-4)

    2. Christ’s death (3:5-11)

    3. Christ’s resurrection (3:12-4:6)

  4. Conclusion (4:7-18)

1.  Introduction ~ “name” appears more than 1000 times in the Bible

     1.1.  this makes the word (ὄνομα) theologically significant Col 3:17

2.  Context ~ the over-arching theme remains the supremacy of Christ

3.  Background ~ a concise summary of Christian living is Col 3:17

     3.1.  “whatsoever” is actually 4 words in Gk (πᾶν ὅ τι ἐὰν) 

             3.1.1.  it is literally “all what some if” an example of a Semitism

4.  “In Him” ~ will come up over & over & defines our lives

     4.1.  God sought us 1 John 4:19 this is different from all other religions

     4.2.  what God requires is given to us to know intuitively Gal 5:16-18 

             4.2.1.  it boils down to a single standard Col 3:17  1 Cor 10:31 

5.  Christian Living ~ is setting aside our desires for God’s Rom 12:1 

     5.1.  we must freely choose who will reign Col 3:17 

     5.2.  it all starts w/our priorities John 6:28-29  Phil 2:9-11  1  John 2:12 

6.  The Trinity ~ doctrine is working in the background of this text

     6.1.  John 4:25-26  Isa 9:6  John 14:28  John 10:30-33  Phil 2:5-6 

7.  Give Thanks ~ becomes the natural result Col 3:17 

     7.1.  the knowledge of God is mediated through His Son John 14:6 

     7.2.  the passage closes w/an attitudinal instruction of thanks Col 3:17 

8.  God’s Will ~ in this cannot be ignored, He showed mercy 1 John 2:2 

     8.1.  but Jesus did more than simply purchase our pardon Eph 2:4-7

             8.1.1.  now the life we live we live thru Him Gal 2:20    Col 3:17 

9.  Application ~ Christianity boils down to simple instructions Col 3:17 

     9.1.  the new life in Jesus produces rejoicing in what He did

 

For Contemplation:

Is everything that I say and do really able to be done in the name of Jesus?

 

Homiletical Idea:

In every circumstance, with every task, we do it in Jesus’ name.

 

For Prayer:

Father, grant me power to do all and only in Jesus’ name