Bearing Fruit and Growing (Colossians 1:1-8)

Last night, at The LR, we began our new study on the book of Colossians. Paul reminds the church in Colossae of the “hope laid up for them in heaven” in  the first verses of the letter. He goes on and affirm that the gospel of Christ is bearing fruit and growing in their lives as it is all over the world.

As it was true for the 1st century church in Colossae, it is also true with us today: the gospel of Christ is bearing fruit and growing through VI as well as throughout the entire Church.

As believers, we need to be constantly reminding ourselves and each other of the gospel of Christ. Hebrews 2:1 says that we “must pay much closer attention to what we have heard (the gospel), lest we drift away from it.”

 It is vital that we center our lives around the gospel daily. Martin Luther says that “religion is the default mode of the human heart.” If we are not constantly reminded of God’s grace through the cross, we will loose grip on living a Christ-centered life. Our natural instinct will be to shift into religion, and irreligion as well.

Practical ways of living a Christ-centered life

Ideas taken from C.J. Mahaney’s book, The Cross-centered LIfe

  • Preach the gospel to yourself daily. Too many times we listen to ourselves and therefor are influenced and dictated by our own emotions and circumstance. Instead of listening to ourself, talk to yourself and preach the gospel to yourself!
  • Pray the gospel. Read through the prayers in the Bible and notice how gospel-soaked they are!
  • Sing the gospel. Don’t listen to crappy Christian music. Look over the Christian music you listen to. If it is not about Jesus, or is just really really bad (K-Love) don’t listen to it!
  • Study the gospel. Great resources for this are on the VI Bookstore!
  • Memorize the gospel. Personaly, this has been the most fruitful discipline. Having Scripture in my head has helped me through uncountible circtumstances.

Questions to ask yourself

What area(s) of my life am I not allowing the gospel of Christ to transform?

Whate area(s) of my life am I being religious? irreligous?

Nick

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One response to “Bearing Fruit and Growing (Colossians 1:1-8)

  1. Zach

    I would like to comment on the last part about memorizing the gospel. I have always been great at memorizing stuff and great at forgetting that stuff a few days later. Scripture has been no exception.
    About a month ago I have reapplied myself and made memorizing scripture an important part of my daily time with the Lord and the results have been amazing. It is almost as if you can’t help talking about the gospel because scripture is always on your mind. You can apply and insert the gospel into every coversation. And isn’t it true that it is actually hard to not talk about the things you love most?
    People, if you’re not memorizing scripture then you are missing out on a huge way to experience God. I encourage us all to really make memorization important because it will change the way you live the gospel.

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