Bible Study: Colossians 2:10-17 — May 19, 2024

11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. 16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

“The Christian life is ascending and descending and back again” Pentecost 2024

Jesus has something better for us. The Spirit gathered people from all over the known world and blessed them with repentance for the forgiveness of sins and new life in Baptism. They were gathered in not by their own design but by God’s doing. They were given a common language and one speech, now the Gospel of Christ Crucified. And receiving this gift, they returned to their homes, speaking to all the wonderful works of God. Gathered in and then sent forth. They then gathered again with Christians in their homes and were sent out into the world with Christ’s grace, mercy, and love.

Bible Study: Colossians 2:8-15 — May 12, 2024

8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.