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Rooted in Faith

A message from
Interim Lead Pastor
Gus Davies

Colossians 1:1-14 (NIV)

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy, our brother...

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Colossians 1:1-14 (NIV)

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy, our brother,

2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Prayer Focus

Worship Focus

We gather today for a great purpose, and this is to worship God for Who He is and for what He has done. Today, we worship Him for His faithfulness. As Christians, we can be secure because our faith is rooted in Christ's faithfulness which will never fail.

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Introduction

Weekly Scripture Memory: Colossians 1:13-14

Written in AD 62, this short letter is packed with powerful words. Paul wrote this letter from prison in Rome and had it delivered by hand to the church in Colossae by his ministry partners Tychicus and Onesimus.

This four-chapter letter contains some of the most amazing, beautiful, and theologically rich themes in all of Scripture. Paul knew that what each of us thinks and believes about Jesus shapes every part of our life and faith. Our belief in Jesus changes us from the inside out and, in turn, impacts the world around us. LET’S DIG IN!

What Does It Say

As you sit down to read the verses today, remember what you are hearing. These are not mere mortal words. The Holy Spirit is actively shaping these God-messages into each of our hearts today:

“Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”
-2 Timothy 3:15-17, The Message

Before reading today’s verses, pray for the ability to listen and ask the Holy Spirit for courage to make the Scriptures change the way you follow Jesus today.

1. Read Colossians 1:1-2. Who is the letter from and who is it going to?
2. If you are unfamiliar with the word apostle, research the definition. What does Paul’s description as “an apostle of Christ Jesus” indicate about what God has called him to do?
3. Continue reading Colossians 1:3-14. What words did you highlight, or which words jumped out to you?
4. Write down in one or two sentences the overarching theme of Paul’s letter greeting.
5. What tone does Paul set in his writing to the church in Colossae?

What Does It Mean

1. Thanksgiving, gratitude, and prayer are key to Paul’s letters. Why do you think those attitudes and actions are central to the gospel?
2. What do these verses say that faith and love produce
3. Why do you think Paul uses a specific example by identifying Epaphras in his letter?
4. What does Paul say knowledge should produce in our lives?

What Does It Mean as a Disciple Today

1. Paul’s passion and emphasis on prayer teaches us how much we, as disciples of Jesus, should prioritize prayer. How are you praying for the church today? For Northland? For the gospel to grow churches everywhere?
2. Through the resurrection of Jesus, the gospel continues to bear fruit all over the world today. Read Galatians 5:22-23, verses from another letter Paul wrote. Which of those fruits is the Holy Spirit challenging you to practice today? How can you show Christ’s faith and love to someone through that action?
3. Read Philippians 1:6. How does that promise remind you today of God’s power? Based on that verse and Colossians 1:1-14, write a short paragraph to Northland (or the church you are a part of). What do we need to remember as a church today?

Prayer

Lord, in the same way, Paul is thankful for the testimony and witness of the church in Colossae. I want to stop and thank You for Your faithfulness to Your people, to Your church. From early AD to right here and now, You never cease to expand Your love over all the earth. Jesus, You are our hope. You are the one who has rescued us from darkness and brought us into Your family, Your Kingdom. Thank you for redeeming us. Thank you for forgiving us. Holy Spirit, help me to walk in the power of Your Spirit. I want to bear fruit that loves my family and neighbors, and world. Would You continue the good work that You have started in me, and would You grow me deeper and deeper in your wisdom and understanding so that You may shine in my life. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

ABOUT THIS SERMON SERIES

Pause for a moment and think about your roots. Where do your people come from? How are your genetic roots reflected in how you look, your personality, your outlook on the world? If you’re doing this study with others, have everyone talk about where they were born. Have you ever had to “pull up roots” and move? What was that like for you? Do you feel rooted in the place where you are now? Is having a sense of being rooted important to you? Why?

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Pause for a moment and think about your roots. Where do your people come from? How are your genetic roots reflected in how you look, your personality, your outlook on the world? If you’re doing this study with others, have everyone talk about where they were born. Have you ever had to “pull up roots” and move? What was that like for you? Do you feel rooted in the place where you are now? Is having a sense of being rooted important to you? Why?

Now think about the early Christ-followers in the first century. They were people like you and me, concerned about many of the same things that concern us. They dealt with family dynamics and desired to interact wisely with the world around them. They searched for meaning in life and tried to discern what is true and good.

Paul’s letter to Colossae was written during the beginning stages of Christianity. These early disciples didn’t have Bibles like we do today, so they relied upon letters from people they trusted to help them navigate their way. A letter from a trusted authority would go a long way in helping them feel secure about their beliefs as Christ-followers. This letter from Paul aims to help its readers remain focused on Christ as they lived their lives. We need to hear Paul’s powerful words today. Say the following verses out loud and take them in:

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Colossians 2:6-7*

We have an opportunity this summer to grow together as disciples who follow Jesus. Let us find our roots in Jesus, as we are built up and strengthened as a church.

Upcoming Weekends

» JUNE 19-20
ROOTED | Rooted in Gospel | Student Ministries Pastor, Rob Hemphill

» JUNE 26-27
ROOTED | Rooted in Maturity | Governing Elder, John Cortines

Upcoming Worship Services

» JUNE 19-20
ROOTED | Rooted in Gospel | Student Ministries Pastor, Rob Hemphill

» JUNE 26-27
ROOTED | Rooted in Maturity | Governing Elder, John Cortines

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Stewardship Update

Northland Tithes & Offerings
Need for Fiscal (7/1/20-6/30/21):
$8.9M
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Oftentimes we feel helpless. We feel that we have lost control. We can’t seem to bring reason to  our reality. These feelings can overwhelm us...

Oftentimes we feel helpless. We feel that we have lost control. We can’t seem to bring reason to our reality. These feelings can overwhelm us. They can cause our actions to be spiteful, disrespectful, and hurtful. We know that is not who we are, but we all find ourselves in these situations.  

If you are reading this and can call Jesus your Savior, focus on the closing paragraph.  If you have not yet accepted Jesus into your heart and handed HIM control of your life, there is no better time than right now.  HE came to this earth for the purpose of spreading HIS saving grace and love to all mankind then, now, and tomorrow.  HE took all our sins with HIM to the cross in death.  He defeated death when HE rose from the dead and HE is alive right now for you and me.  We simply need to ask HIM into our heart and HE will set us free. HE chose us. HE did not forsake us.  HE is for you not against you. HE came to set us free.  Ready to experience the incredible gift of God’s grace, love, and knowledge that you will spend eternity with HIM? Pray this prayer “Jesus, I am a sinner.  Jesus, you didn’t create me to live this life alone. Jesus, thank you for dying for me.  I want you to come into my heart as I give my life to you.”  Now find someone and tell them what you just prayed. You can visit http://northlandchurch.net/disciples and we would be honored to pray with you. If you don’t have a Bible we will give you one, just go to the front desk or bookstore and ask.

If you are a child of God, first say a prayer for all who are contemplating salvation right now.  Second, hand all your burdens, your helplessness, your sense of losing control, your feelings of anxiety over to HIM. HE is here with us and HE wants us to be HIS light and HIS witness to the world.  Pray for forgiveness of your sins and hand your burdens over to HIM.  

Thanks for your support of Northland Church. Together we can reach the world for Jesus, one heart at a time.  We love you!

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Northland Tithes & Offerings
Need for Fiscal (7/1/20-6/30/21) $9.5M
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