Putting Christ First: Introductions. Colossians 1: 1-2a

January 9th, 2017

Putting Christ First: Introductions

Colossians 1:1-2a

What is Colossians?

  • It is one of Paul’s letters written to a struggling congregation

    • Written with Timothy (v. 1)

      • Who was from the nearby Derbe-Lystra area (Acts 16:1)
    • It was written around AD 60 to 62
    • It was written while Paul was in prison
      • Possibly in Rome
    • It was written to the church in Colossae

 

The City of Colossae

  • In Paul’s day, was considered a “small town”

    • Overshadowed by nearby Laodicea (Col 4:15–16)
  • But due to its history as a military outpost and its previous grandeur, it was home to a mixture of people groups
    • Phrygians, Greeks, Romans, Scythians and Jews (see Col. 3:11)
  • The Church was probably founded by Epaphras (1:7; 4:12-13)
    • Between AD 53-55

      • About 7 to 10 years before the writing of the Epistle

 

The Issue at Colossae

  • False teachers threatened to undermine what Epaphras had taught

    • Which threatened to undermine the church from its strong Christ-centered foundation
  • Thus, Paul’s message throughout Colossians is:
    • Christ must be center to the life of the Church Body
    • Christ must be center to the life of the Church members

 

Christ the Center

  • When Christ is not the center of life the church it fail to be the Church

    • The community which:

      • Is called out to be different from the world

        • Which is why Paul calls the Colossians ‘saints
      • Reflects Christ’s kingship to the world
        • Which is why Paul calls them ‘faithful
      • Is a new family in Christ
        • Which is why Paul calls them ‘brothers’*
      • The Church is called to offer the world an alternative
        • Which can only be found in Jesus

          • When we put Him first

 

So What?

  • Are we living as faithful saints, putting Christ first?
  • Are we ready to be challenged to keep Christ as the center of all we are and do both corporately and individually?

Meditation Verse: Colossians 1:2a

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