Speaker: Rob Turner
Text: Col 3:1-4
Date: April 5th, 2015
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recap: teaching points and scripture
BIG IDEA: The resurrection of Jesus offers an anchor for our past, a new identity in the present, and a hope for the future.
THE RESURRECTION AND OUR PAST (vs 1a; 3a)
THE RESURRECTION AND OUR PRESENT (vs 1b-3b)
THE RESURRECTION AND OUR FUTURE (vs 4)
- The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T Wright
- Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
- Redemption and Resurrection by Richard Gaffin
- The Reason for God by Tim Keller
respond: discussion and action points
For conversation and prayer:
1. Paul tells us to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is…” (v1). Many have said that it is those who think too much of heaven that become useless for this world. All they’re waiting for is Christ to come back. In the meantime, they do nothing. But Paul isn’t saying for us to neglect this physical world by thinking about Heaven. He starts the verse off with “if you have been raised with Christ…” Think about the resurrection of Jesus. It was a physical resurrection; He had a new glorified physical body. That is what happened when what is above came down here- Jesus’ physical resurrection is the sign of what God will do with the whole physical world.
- Why do we tend to think that being heavenly minded means forgetting about the world?
- How can we be more impactful in this world and know it does matter by thinking being heavenly minded?
2. In verse 3, Paul tells us that we have died and our life is now hidden with Christ in God. Think about that. Paul is saying our life before Jesus is done away with. Now, the life we have is hidden with Jesus. The Psalmist speaks of God as a shield, something that takes the blow for us for us to live. Our new life is hid in Christ, it is not vulnerable to the harshest of realities- including death.
- What kind of humility should this create in us?
- What kind of confidence should this create in us?
3. Paul ends with pointing us to who we will be. We will appear with Jesus in glory, because we have been raised with Him as He has been raised. In the meantime, our life is “Christ” (v4).
- What does it mean to be shaped by Paul’s statement, “Christ who is your life….”?
- What does it mean to appear in glory with Jesus?