The Letter to the Colossians (6)

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King Jesus the Founder of the Kingdom Part Two (Col 1:18-23a)
Advancing the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ in a Disorderly World:

Last month we started examining this great Christ hymn which indeed is among a special class of New Testament passages. Paul presents Jesus the King as the founder of the kingdom, and in so doing defines who we are. It is only because of Him that we are what we are. Let’s read the passage again, Read the rest of this entry »

The Letter to the Colossians (5)

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King Jesus the Founder of the Kingdom Col 1:15-17 (Part 1)   Dr A Assumang

Advancing the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ in a Disorderly World

When I last joined you in the summer, we noted that Col 1:12-14 broaches the theme of the letter. It describes the founding of the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, the kingdom that you and I belong to, and are called to advance in this disorderly world. But before Paul proceeds to explain how this advancement occurs, he describes the Founder of this kingdom in Col 1:15-23a. Let me read the whole passage first:

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“Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

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Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, three separate events all fore-shadowed in their Biblical roots, but together forming one composite event, the greatest single event in history.


A Mothers Day Message

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A Biblical look at the experience of Mary (Miriam), and what we can learn from this Godly and wonderful Jewish woman on Mothers Day.


Click here for a link to the timeline of the Biblical account of Jesus birth, from Answers in Genesis.

Colosians (4)

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The Founding of the Kingdom Of the Lord Jesus (Col 1:12b-14)
Advancing the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ in a Disorderly World
Dr A Asumang
In most of his letters, it is Paul’s common practice that just after his introductory salutation and prayer-thanksgiving report he provides an indication of the main idea of the letter combined with a description of his personal circumstances. That exactly is what happens in Colossians 1. Here Paul’s statement of his main idea and description of circumstances stretches from 1:12b-2:7. Often what Paul does in this section is to start by first broaching the main idea, frequently neatly tagged on to his prayer-thanksgiving report, then he explains his circumstances, before he restates the main idea in a more elaborate form.
We found that format when we were going through Philippians. Phil 1:1-5 is the introduction and prayer report. In Phil 1:6 Paul briefly broaches his main idea. Then in Phil 1:7-26, he provides a long description of his circumstances, before the elaborate statement of the main idea of the letter in Phil 1:27-30. A similar thing happens in 1 Corinthians. Introduction in 1:1-3, prayer-thanksgiving report in 1:4-9, broaching of the main idea in 1:10, description of his circumstances in 1:11-17, then the full statement of the main idea in 1:18-24, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…”. Paul doesn’t always follow this pattern; but it is so in several of his letters. It is a similar pattern that we have here Col 1:12b-2:7. As always however there is a slight modification which gives Colossians its own unique imprint. First, Paul broaches his main idea in 1:12b-14. As we shall shortly see, this describes the Founding of the Kingdom. Instead of proceeding to describe his personal circumstances, Paul instead describes the Supremacy of Jesus in Col 1:15-23. I title that section as the Founder of the Kingdom. This is a wonderful passage. Jesus, Paul says, “is the image of the invisible God the firstborn of all creation. 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. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (1:15-17). And so it goes. Read the rest of this entry »

The Letter to Colossians (3)

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Advancing the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus in a Disorderly World

Living the Kingdom Life in a Disorderly World: (Col 1:9-12a) By Dr Annang Assumang

The last time I visited you, we reflected on Col 1:3-8 which, in the structure of the letter, constitutes the apostle’s Thanksgiving Report. We mentioned that usually, Paul’s opening Thanksgiving Reports are brief and naturally leads him to a longer Prayer Report. The Thanksgiving Report in Colossians is, as an exception, complex and long. But, as expected, it leads the apostle to Prayer. After thanking God the Father for the believers’ faith, for their love and hope, for the fruitful ministry of the word among them, for the missionary growth of the gospel all over the world, and for the successful evangelistic work of Epaphras among them. After thanking God for these six items, Paul naturally turns to prayer!
Listen to his prayer: “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. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light” (Col 1:9-12).
Amen! Our focus this morning is on this prayer. Read the rest of this entry »

The Joy in Sacrifice (Phil 2:16-18)

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Dr Annang’s message at Pastor John Lavric’s retirement service;  29th January 2017

I am deeply humbled and profoundly honoured to be invited to share the Word of God with you at this momentous occasion for Celebration Church. Most of you know John and Hilary far better and longer than I have known them. But even I can testify based on my relatively shorter years, that they have served and continue to serve the Lord with unrestrained devotion, sacrificial love and single-hearted faithfulness.  The amazing testimonies that we have heard this afternoon from some of you affirm this. God has been gracious to us here in this town, in gifting them to us and in blessing their work for the sake of His kingdom and we are all witnesses. We thank Him and give Him all the honour and glory for what He has accomplished through them.  Read the rest of this entry »