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


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

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 weekly breakdown and printout for the book of Colossians.

The ESV Bible App - If you don’t already have or use this it, it is great for mobile reference as well as listening to the bible read aloud on the go.

Scripture Typer - For those who’d like technological help in the memorization process.


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 this God of purpose engaged in the mission of achieving that purpose universally, embracing past, present and future, Israel and the nations, “life, the universe and everything,” and with its centre, focus, climax, and completion in Jesus Christ. Mission is not just one of a list of things that the Bible happens to talk about, only a bit more urgently than some. Mission is, in that much-abused phrase, “what it’s all about.” – Chris Wright

Article: 4 Considerations for making friends

Article: Gospel Fluency Recap

Sermon: Dr. Eric Mason “How the Gospel Changes our City and Community

Series: Vocation is Mission

Book: A Meal With Jesus, Tim Chester (book review here)

Book: The Mission of God’s People, Chris Wright (Also available at the local library here)


We hope and pray you’ve found this series helpful as you walk together with Jesus in light of the gospel.





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 New Testament

Short Video: Missional Community” – Renovate Church

9 Part Video Series: ”The Gospel Centered Community” – Coram Deo Church

Book: Steve Timmis and Tim Chester “Total Church” (amazon

Book: Steve Timmis and Tim Chester “Everyday Church” (amazon)


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 Quotes from Walking with God through Pain and Suffering (blog post) and the book “Walking with God through Pain and Suffering” by Tim Keller

A Grace Disguised (book)

Trusting God Even When Life Hurts (book)

Songs for the Soul

Below are some songs that can help impart truth and encourage your heart in times of difficulty.

A Song for the Suffering (by Shane and Shane)

Even in the Valley (by the Silver Pages)

Oh God (by Citizens & Saints)

Satisfied in You (by The Sing Team)


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 see the flow of how things work. Behavior is the result of the heart.

Why did you do it? What were you seeking to accomplish? Again, this gets at the heart because it shows the motivation for what was done.

What was the result? What did the heart produce in way of actions and outcome? It produced consequences and harvest. We sow what we reap.

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 word. We experience the same problems as all humanity. Yet in the darkness, there is a light that illuminates.

The Direction for Vocation (V. 24-26)

The preacher writes in such a way to point us to Godward living in the present. If all of life is a gift, then it must be connected to a giver. Too often we look to vocation of any kind to sustain our souls. We will continually be disappointed. Derek Kidner writes in his commentary on Ecclesiastes, “In themselves and rightly used, the basic things of life are sweet and good…What spoils them is our hunger to get out of them more than they can give.

Christ transforms our vocations

It is clear from scripture and life itself that vocation is vanity when it is disconnected from faith in Christ. Living “in faith” means that we walk forward (albeit imperfectly) believing God is who He says he is. John Piper asserts that faith is “Being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus not just an assent to truths (past or future) but a heartfelt valuing around treasuring of all that God promises to be for us in Jesus.” We need to understand this not only for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9) but for every aspect of life (Ephesians 2:10).

Living a life of faith in Jesus means that He alone will be our satisfaction and joy, not our vocation.

In that we are given eyes to see that God has called and placed us where ever we are and in that place we seek to bring glory to God through blessing others. We walk forward in this with one another in community trusting that as God has been faithful to His promises, He will continue to be faithful to redeem and renew His creation through His church living faithfully in every area of life.

Your place matters. Jesus alone will satisfy.

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 what works for your brain and soul.

Pastor John Piper delivered a sermon “If My Words Abide in You” that is both convicting and encouraging.

Dr. Andy Davis has written an article that gives some great tools for extended scripture memorization.

Fighter Verses is a website and application delivering some great resources for memorizing a wide variety of Bible verses.

There are an abundance of resources available to us by God’s grace. My encouragement for you is to not get bogged down or overwhelmed but rather pick a plan and go with it. If you’d like, join me as I will be reading and podcasting the M’Cheyne reading plan and working on memorizing the book of Philippians. Here is something for us to remember; if (more than likely when!) we get behind, don’t feel guilty or quit. Instead, pick up on the day we find ourselves and keep going. In all this remember we don’t do this for “spiritual brownie points” or out of empty routine. As the people of God we soak in his word as a community for the sake of the world. As the word of Christ dwells in us richly (Colossians 3:16) we then shine the light of Jesus into every sphere of life through our words and deeds. May 2014 be a year that the whole of scripture dwells in the whole of our lives for the sake of the whole earth.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Jon


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