Monday, June 29, 2015

Colossians: "Jesus and..." - Why religion cannot save.

Colossians 2:16-17  Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

Every society ever discovered has some form of religious practice. The action of doing certain things, or not doing certain things in an effort to please a god or gods. If your faith is in what you do, rather than repenting in light of what Jesus did, your faith is in religion, and it will not save. In this text we look at how Paul calls the Colossian believers to fix their hope on Christ and not on any religious practice as their source of salvation security.
Delivered to the Galena Bible Church, Sunday June 28th, 2015.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Colossians: Beware the false gospel

Colossians 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Paul agonized for this little church because of the man centered false gospel that was being taught there. Like a salesman selling a lead vest as a life preserver, a false gospel has the trappings of what we want, but the inability to actually save. The Gospel of Jesus is our only hope.
Sermon Delivered to the Galena Bible Church, Sunday June 21st, 2014

Monday, June 15, 2015

Colossians: Christ in you the hope of Glory

Colossians 1:27  To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

There is a mystery in the work of Christ that is not revealed in nature. It must be revealed through a supernatural move of God. Paul says that he has revealed this mystery to the Gentile churches through two means: a stewardship of suffering, and fully and faithfully preaching the Gospel. In this sermon we look at Colossians 1:24-29 and see how we can reveal Christ in us, the hope of Glory.
Delivered to the Galena Bible Church, Sunday June 14th, 2015.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Colossians: Prominent VS Preeminent

Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through him and for him. 

There's a big difference between someone being prominent vs being preeminent. If you say something is in your top five that's prominent. But if I were to say that about my wife...well it wouldn't go so well for me. Preeminent, first, above all others. There's an eternal difference between Jesus being prominent in your life and being preeminent. In this sermon we'll look at Colossians 1:15-20 were the Apostle Paul teaches about the preeminence of Christ. Delivered to the Galena Bible Church, Sunday May 24th, 2015.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Colossians: Willing, Walking, and Knowing

Colossians 1:9-10  And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Who was the church in Colosse? They were a mixed bag of ethnicity, religious upbringing, conservative, liberal, and struggling group of people who desperately wanted to follow Jesus. It sounds a whole lot like the church in Galena. Maybe yours too. Join us as we begin this study into the book of Colossians and begin to see what it means to have Christ be preeminent in our affections, actions, and thought.
Delivered to the Galena Bible Church by Pastor Chris Kopp, Sunday May 17th, 2015.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Jesus Questions: Do you love me?

John 21:15  When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" 

I can't imagine what the the disciples must have felt when Jesus died and then came back to them. The emotional roller coaster of sorrow, grief, joy, uncertainty, doubt must have been exhausting. In that environment Jesus lovingly calls Peter back to the time when Jesus called him as a disciple. He also called him back to a coal fire where Peter cursed him. To both these memories, Jesus asks "Do you love me?" Jesus reminds us that he called us when we've gone astray, but he also reminds us that he loves us at our most unlovable moment. He asks you today, "____________, Do you love me?"
Delivered to the Galena Bible Church, Sunday May 10th, 2015.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Jesus Quesions: Why do you call me good?

Mark 10:18  And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

Are you good? For most people this is a pretty easy questions for them to answer: "Of course I'm good." Isn't it interesting that our standard of goodness is always low enough that we manage to fit in it? Jesus' standard of goodness was God. I think we may need to raise our standard. 
Sermon delivered to the Galena Bible Church Sunday May 3rd, 2015.