Jon Payne preached from Colossians 2:6-15
- If you want to grow in the security of your faith, make a discipline of abounding in thanksgiving for all that you have received in Christ.
- Growth does not come from a new source but from knowing the same source more deeply.
- To be devoted to Christ is to be devoted to his Scriptures and to search every page for his character and person.
- We are called to be on our guard and watch against lies and empty deceit from the world.
- If you want to grow in your devotion to Christ, remember Gospel truth of the fullness of God in Christ.
Questions to help us apply the Word:
Treasure – Application to stir our love for Christ
- Is the gospel a way of life—in the way a plant flourishes in connection to its roots?; in the way a building is constructed in dependence on its foundation?; is the gospel the ground of your growth and your life? Remember that all of our problems are found in a gradual abandonment of Christ as our foundation and source of life.
- Where are you prone to wander from your devotion to Christ? When do you find yourself most susceptible to doubt and unbelief? Take some time now to ask God to help you fight in these moments, aware that he is the one at work in you (Philippians 2:13). Ask him to help you treasure his glory above all that the world has to offer (Matthew 13:44).
Reflect – Application to stir our obedience to Christ
- Where do you find yourself most susceptible to lies from the enemy, tempting you to unbelief? How can you be more discerning in what you read, what you listen to?
Proclaim – Application to stir our witness for Christ
- As you read this passage, how does this change the way you view your neighbors, co-workers, and unbelieving friends and family? Take some time this week to consider how you can pray for them and help them taste and see that the Lord is good, and better than any lie of the world that we can find true satisfaction elsewhere.