Week 7: Christ-Centered Power
9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
Well, we’ve made it to the end of another week. It hasn’t been easy, but we are here. The Lord has been faithful through all we’ve endured thus far. And while I may not have always felt like it, He’s given me the strength to smile each and every day. With each moment that passes, I’m reminded how we need the strength of the Lord. Each day, we are receiving another experiential exposition in the theology of hardship, endurance, weakness, and finding our strength in God. Verses like 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 have never been so urgent and real:
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
If you are like me, it helps to read that passage over and over. Who doesn’t need more of the Lord’s strength and power in your life right now? I cannot wait for Sunday because that is exactly what Colossians 2:9-15 is all about. This week, we are on the topic of Christ-Centered Power. The Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthians of the strength and power they have “in Christ.” Take some time to read the text. Again, I am blown away at the timeliness of this passage. It is just what my soul needed, and I trust it will meet you right where you are as well. I love you church, and I cannot wait to praise the Lord with you!
Here are the songs we’ll be singing this Sunday to help you prepare for worship.
Loved and Sent,
9:00 AM – Online Only Worship Service
10:15 AM – Meet in Small Groups Online
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Small Group Discussion Questions
1. How would you describe your attitude this past week? In theme with Pastors Jerry’s Facebook Live incident, do you have any light-hearted moments where the pressure of quarantine got to you?
(Note: The goal of this question is to smile and empathize with each other.)
2. What emotions have challenged your Christ-centeredness this week? How can finding your value and “fullness” in Christ give you power to stay Christ-centered this week?
3. While we don’t like to think of death, how does realizing that we need not fear it help us endure with power during this time?
4. We’ve been vindicated and the battle over the law, sin, and death have already been won. Based on today’s message what will be your battle plan this week as you engage in the spiritual war?