Additional Resources on Colossians 3:5-17

With so much depth and richness to Colossians 3:5-17 and yet so little time in one sermon, we wanted to give you additional resources on this particular passage. On the Mortification of Sin in Believers by John Owen Web Page Reading PDF Download Coram Deo / Bob Thune / 12 Page Summation of Book   Additional Sermons: Coram Deo Church in Omaha Colossians 3:5 – How to Kill Sin Colossians 3:5-11 – Put Off the Old Colossians 3:12-15 – Put On the New Colossians 3:16 - Let the Gospel Dwell in You Colossians 3:17 – Do Everything in the Name of Jesus Reality LA / Al Abdullah  Colossians 3:1-15 – Supernatural Peace Tim Keller Colossians 3:5-11 – Removing Idols from the Heart Tim Chaddick - The Majesty of God’s Wrath

Colossians in Community

We recently set out on a 15 week journey through the letter from Paul to the church in Colossae. In this season there is a sense in our congregation that we want to know and grow in Christ with one another in a greater way. We are planning on walking into this journey together by soaking in scripture as a community. Would you join us in the next 15 weeks in memorizing Colossians? Here are some helpful articles and resources for the journey: 10 Practical Tips for Memorizing Scripture – I appreciate point 1 the most. We are doing this simply for personal piety, but for community formation as a family of faith. An Approach to Extended Memorization – By Dr. Andy Davis – This gives good reasoning for and practical help in memorizing longer passages of the Bible. A 15 Week Guide to Memorizing Colossians – This give a … Continued

Together: Gospel Centered Mission

As we wrap up our “Together” series, we want to continue asking the question, “How and in what way is God sending us out?” Through the entirety of the biblical story we see that God saves a people to send a people into the world as a demonstration of the love and grace of God. In Christ we are gathered SO THAT we might be scattered out into the world as salt and light. Below are some additional resources to help equip us as a missional people. Quote: “The whole Bible is itself a missional phenomenon. The writings that now comprise our Bible are themselves the product of and witness to the ultimate mission of God. The Bible renders to us the story of God’s mission through God’s people in their engagement with God’s world for the sake of the whole of God’s creation. The Bible is the drama of … Continued

Together: Gospel Centered Community

As we look to be a congregation that lives all of life in light of the gospel, we know there are areas of inconsistency and needed growth. Below are some resources to help us growing in being a community of faith commissioned by Christ. Why don’t we experience community? “The tune of radical individualism has been playing in our ears at full volume for decades. We are dancing to the music with gusto. And it is costing us dearly.” Joseph Kellerman, When The Church Was a Family “The marginalization of community within the church and culture has not come from conviction but from apathy and isolation brought on by sin. Isolation is our response to sin. Community is our response to reconciliation.” Brad House, Community  Article: Pastor Bob Thune and Pastor Will Walker “How to get Real, Honest Community” Article: Pastor Bill Streger “Taking the Long View” List: The 59 “One Anothers” of the … Continued

Together: Gospel Centered Lives

As we look to be a congregation that lives all of life in light of the gospel, we know there are areas of inconsistency and needed growth. Below are some resources to help us learn and grow toward more fully integrated lives with Jesus: Article: Pastor Joe Thorn “What Does it Mean to be Gospel-Centered?” Article: Pastor Winfeild Bevins “What is Gospel-Centered Ministry?” Article: Trevin Wax “What is Gospel-Centered Preaching?” Spoken Word: Propaganda “The Gospel in 4 Minutes” Sermon: Dr. Timoth Keller “Gospel Centered Ministry” Book: Dr. Michael Goheen “The True Story of the Whole World” (amazon) (book trailer) Book: Dr. Timothy Keller “Counterfeit Gods” (amazon) (public library)

Resources for Life in Between

Yesterday we walked through the what life looks like “in between.” Suffering is inevitable. Persecution is probable. Yet in this, our identity in Christ is secure as beloved and blessed. This truth isn’t trite or easy, but rooted in the promise of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Below are some resources to prepare you for when the time comes or can come as fresh water in the midst of the dry valley. Above and beyond the resources, one of the most valuable resources God has given is community. We were never meant to walk through tragedy and trials alone. Before looking into a book or blog, make a phone call and ask someone to pray with and for you. The Valley of Vision (a prayer) and a PDF version of the entire book can be found here. God’s Goodness in Your Pain (interview) The Puritans on Suffering (blog post) 20 … Continued

Parenting: 5 Questions to Get to the Heart

As a follow up from last week’s worship gathering, Dr. Paul Tripp gives five questions to help get to the heart of your children. This takes time and patience, but by God’s grace the questions give a pathway toward the heart and help us in shepherding our children in the gospel. The questions are: What was going on? The point is to get some sort of telling of the situation. Establish a story that reveals the perceived facts. What were you thinking and feeling as it was happening? This question goes after the heart. What was the motivation of the heart? This question helps us teach our children that our heart is always desiring something and it helps us and them to evaluate it. What did you do in response? This question gets at the words and behavior that flow out of the heart (See Matt. 12:34b). It’s important to … Continued

Sermon Recap: Vocation and Vanity

On Sunday, our church family gathered for corporate worship and we continued through our series in the book of Ecclesiastes. The audio recording didn’t work, so in lieu of a podcast, here is a sermon recap: Ecclesiastes 2:18-26 – Vocation and Vanity   Vocation/work broadly defined as that which occupies our time, energies, and attention whether it be school, work, parenting, retirement, etc. The despair that comes from Vocation and its causes (V. 18-23) 1. Death and the unknown cause despair (V. 18-19) 2. Our lack of control over others produces disillusionment (V. 20-21) 3. The unrelenting and unending difficulty of work Why is it this way? Does it have to be so difficult?  Because God is faithful   He is keeping his promise made to Adam in the garden after the fall (Genesis 3:17-19). God communicates the sweeping aspects of the fall (cosmic//communal//individual). He has been faithful to keep his … Continued

Scripture and the Soul in 2014

As we look back on 2013 with all of the triumphs and trials that accompanied it, we also begin planning and praying for the new year that is now upon us. It is my hope that we would faithfully engage scripture as a community for the sake of the world. In this post you will find a variety of helpful resources for Bible reading and scripture memorization ESV reading plans can be found here. A bonus is that all of the plans are available as podcasts through iTunes. If you have a smart phone you can use YouVersion to sync to one of many reading plans available or subscribe to a daily email. Justin Taylor has written a blog on “How to Read the Whole Bible in 2014” with many helpful links in the post. When it comes to scripture memorization there are many different methods and tools – Find … Continued

All Things Well

Though the valleys be without end And the mountains ever extend The Creator does all things well   When sight is often clouded And thoughts are constant, crowded The Healer does all things well   Though life is bigger in its size Than we ever could surmise The Sovereign does all things well   Though all may go astray And we feel like we’ve lost our way The Redeemer does all things well   When friends wander off And the loved one seems all but lost The Shepherd still does all things well   May we rest continually in the place Where we persistently seek His face And see with new clarity – Jesus does all things well