Theme: Having received Jesus Christ as Lord, we are called to have a
flourishing, growing walk with Him.
I. Intro – Josh Learning to Walk
A. A joy watching him learn to walk
B. But it is a lot of work for him to learn!
C. But is is critical for him to develop!
D. Our Christian lives are like that - we must learn to walk
I. The Basis - Receiving Christ the Lord
A. A new section - built on the old
1. So then (v6) - building on earlier part of letter
2. Live and four participles - 1:10-12; 2:6-7
3. Both - an agricultural metaphor & end with thanks
4. Clearly building this section on first part
A. As you received - our ground in Christ (v6)
1. Received - aorist looking back to beginning of Christian life
2. Normally ‘received’ tradition - but here Jesus!
3. Contrast with mere traditions of men (v8)
A. Christ the Lord - the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all
1. Reminding they received Jesus the Lord
2. Jesus the Lord in 1st part of letter
a. He is the Creator and Redeemer (1:15-20)
b. He is Supreme over Old & New Creation (1:15-20)
c. He is the mystery of God & hope of glory (1:27; 2:2)
d. He is treasure house of all wisdom & knowledge (2:2-3)
e. He is the One from Whom creation flows & to Whom it returns!
1. This is the One we have received - Christ the Lord
2. Any other Jesus is not the real Jesus
I. The Call - A Growing Walk in Christ
A. The call - our responsibility in Christ - walk in Him
1. Live (walk) - the first imperative in the letter
2. There will be 29 more imperatives in the letter!
3. All these commands are in light of being in Christ
A. The nature of the call - how we walk in Him
1. It is a walk rooted in what Christ has already done
a. Continue to live in Him (v6)
1. Continue not in Greek, but conveys the idea
2. Present imperative - continue to live
3. Imperative (command) rooted in indicative (what Christ did)
a. Rooted - perfect tense - having been rooted
1. We have been placed in Christ - rooted!
2. This secures our future growth - our new nature
1. We are to be built up in Him
a. Metaphor shifts from horticulture to construction
b. Now move to present tense - continue building
c. Like 1 Cor 3 - Christ foundation, we must build
d. But we always build in or on Christ - never shift
1. We are to be strengthened/confirmed in the faith
a. Possible metaphor shift to legal
b. Real idea is ‘confirmed’; guaranteed; steady
c. Confirmed in THE faith - not my personal belief
d. We must continually learn and grow in truth
e. We become steady in face of storms of life
f. This will require effort - like learning to walk!
1. We are to overflow with thankfulness
a. Same way that Paul ended his prayer in 1:12
b. Thanks - 6x in Colossians (1:3; 1:12; 2:7; 3:15; 3:17; 4:2)
c. Rooted, built, strengthened - passive - God’s work
d. Overflowing thankfulness - active - WE do this
e. Calvin quote on thankfulness
I. Applying the Word
A. Have you received Christ the Lord?
1. This is where everything begins!
2. We must receive Christ THE LORD
3. He does not come to play second fiddle - He rules
4. Many want Christ the Savior, Priest - and no more
5. We must take Him as King, Lord as well
6. Have you?
A. Are we growing in our walk with Christ?
1. How unnatural if a baby never grew!
2. Yet many Christians seem to never grow
3. We never learn to walk with Him
4. Are we present being built up - growing?
5. Are we confirmed - do we know the faith?
6. Or are we spiritual couch potatoes?
A. Are we thankful?
1. We live in a cynical age - kills thankfulness
2. We live in an advertising age - institutional coveting
3. Are we grateful for what we have been given?
4. Do we speak gratitude - or complaint?
5. Do we OVERFLOW with thankfulness?
A. The Lord’s Supper - overflowing with thankfulness
A Growing Walk With Christ
April 22, 2012
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:12
rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Ingratitude is most often the reason we are deprived of the light of the Gospel, as well as of other gifts of God - John Calvin, Commentary on Colossians