Week 3, CONTINUE, Colossians 2 “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.” Colossians 2:6
Definition of Continue. verb: to maintain without interruption a condition, course, or action.
Continue in Love
- Could you write a Love Letter like this?
2:1 I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. 2 I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. 3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…5 For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.
- I want you to know how much I Agonize (worry, anxious) for you
- I want you to be Encouraged
- I want you to be knit together with Strong Ties of Love
- I want you to have complete confidence in God’s lan
…my heart is with you and I thank God for your faith!
(remember Paul has never met these people, however He loves the Lord and that loves pours out of him…)
Continue to Follow
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
? We are Accepted by Christ and we made the Choice to Accept Him
? We are Complete in Christ, with Deep Roots in Him and Our Lives Built on Him
[I once read the story of a young woman who wanted to go to college, but her heart sank when she read the question on the application that asked, “Are you a leader?” Being both honest and conscientious, she wrote, “No,” and returned the application, expecting the worst. To her surprise, she received this letter from the college: “Dear Applicant: A study of the application forms reveals that this year our college will have 1,452 new leaders. We are accepting you because we feel it is imperative that they have at least one follower.”]
There are times for all of us to lead in various roles and ways in our lives, but sometimes we become so focused on leadership that we forget our first responsibility is to be followers of Jesus Christ.
The first command that He gave to His disciples was to follow Him, and the same is true for us. There is no way to be a successful, victorious Christian without first walking in the footsteps of Jesus.
Continue in the Word
4 I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments…. 8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ…
? How are you going to know if you are being deceived, or being captured by lies? You continue in the Word .
snapping turtle — One of the largest freshwater turtles is the snapping turtle. Found primarily in the southeastern United States, these massive turtles have been known to weigh close to 250 pounds. The snapping turtle relies on a deceitful method of trapping fish.
The turtle will lie completely still on the floor of a lake or river with its mouth wide open. At the end of the turtle’s tongue is a small, pink, worm-shaped appendage. The turtle wiggles the end of its tongue so that it looks like a worm moving through the water. When a fish comes to eat the worm, the turtle’s jaws rapidly close, trapping the fish so that it cannot escape.
Similarly to the snapping turtle’s lure, temptation comes in the guise of something desirable, but it always carries destruction with it. If we could see the end result rather than the tempting part, it would be far easier to resist. But Satan knows this, so he cleverly disguises what is deadly in the guise of something pleasurable.
Three troubling phrases about deceit…well-crafted arguments, empty philosophies, high-sounding nonsense these come for human thinking and spiritual powers of this world…they are trying to destroy Christ Followers.
They are trying to “Capture you” with these ideas…(“sulagogeo” to be carried off, to be kidnapped, carry off as booty).
[Look at this story about doing right…There were 128 runners in the field for the cross country race at the 1993 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships. As they set out on the 6.2 mile run, they were following a course that had been marked for them by the race officials. Toward the end of the course, one of the runners in the middle of the group realized something was wrong. Mike Delcavo of Western State College in Colorado saw that the main pack had missed the turn. “I was waving for them to follow me and yelling ‘This is the right way,’” he told an interviewer after the race.
Delcavo was right—but only four other runners followed him. The rest continued on the shortcut, which allowed them to run a shorter distance and finish the race sooner. In a widely-criticized decision, race officials allowed the abbreviated route to stand as the “official course” and Delcavo, even though he took the correct route, officially finished 123rd.
- [The world does not always reward staying on track—literally or figuratively. But the path we follow is important to God. How do we stay on the right Path? We stay in the Word…]
Continue in Christ
13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.
- Now in sports trades things don’t always go well, however in the trades that Paul is asking us, the trades are awesome:
The Worst Trade
Babe Ruth for a Musical
In 1919, the Boston club traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $25,000, giving the Yankees literally the greatest baseball player in history for, legend has it, the start-up money necessary for then-Sox owner Harry Frazee to finance a new play.
Why It’s Awful
Quite simply the worst deal in the history of sports.
Red Sox traded One of the Greatest players ever to finance a Play!!
The Best Trades
1. Will you Trade… Your Sinful Nature for a New Life in Christ.
2. Will you Trade… Being Dead in Sin for Being alive in Christ.
3. Will you Trade… Your Sin Record for Canceled Sin.
14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
Continue in Freedom
Remember it is for Freedom Sake that God set you Free…
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1
- Don’t Let people Condemn You…
- For what you Eat or Drink or Holy Days, Ceremonies or Sabbaths.
16 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 17 For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. 18 Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things.
? Shadows…people are focusing on a bunch of silly things and missing the reality found in Christ.
b. For how you Live
18 Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, 19 and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.
2. Rather, Live Free!
20 You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world.
Rather, Live free in Christ!!
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21