“Death Trap” (Colossians 3:5-11). Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote that, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” In many ways, Paul is saying the same thing in Colossians 3. In verse 5, he tells us that followers of Jesus must “put to death” certain things that just come naturally to us as human beings. Even though it can seem like an impossible task, as we’ll see both this week and next, it’s more than worth the effort.
“Our Every Day Best” (Colossians 3:12-14). Much of Colossians 3 is “aspirational.” It does tell us to rid ourselves of certain things that often plague us humans, but it also encourages us to see and to pursue what we can be as followers of Jesus. Paul’s challenge is about more than outward appearance, though—it’s about who we are, not just what we do. Join us as we explore just some of the character traits that God wants to develop in us as people shaped by a relationship with Christ.
Palm Sunday, April 14:
“A Not-So-Empty Promise" (Colossians 3:15-16). When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his great Christmas Hymn, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” he pondered the apparent disconnect between the promise of “Peace on Earth” and the harsh realities of the world as we know it. Yet as Jesus entered Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday, he declared “Peace,” and Colossians 3:15 tells us to “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.” Come this Sunday and hear more about how that is possible, and why it is absolutely essential for us and others.
Good Friday, April 19:
“So What is the Point?” (Isaiah 53:4-6; Colossians 3:1-4). Jesus’ death flew in the face of everything people expected, and everything most people would think of as “success.” And yet it was precisely what was needed—both then and now. Isaiah writes that “by his wounds we are healed.” Join us as we remember and reflect on the greatest single act of love anyone has ever made, and its importance for giving us “hope and a future."
Easter Sunday, April 21:
“More to Come” (Colossians 3:1-4). Even though we do not always recognize it, the first Easter brought the greatest balance-of-power shift that could ever happen. Jesus’ being raised from the dead opened the door for everything to be different, not only now but in the future. In Colossians 1:27, Paul calls Jesus our “hope of glory.” Join us as we take a closer look at the hope every one of us can have because of Easter.