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I've Got It All, So Pay Attention – Notes

April 28, 2008

Thanks to all of you guys, my ethos family, for praying for us as things get rolling with the baby!  Lisa is still having contractions and we could be going to the hospital anytime!

Special thanks to Chip (omegachip) for jumping into the fray last night and sharing his guts out!  He’s the man!  Don’t miss his series starting this coming Sunday!  It’ll “kick your but”

Here are the notes:

I’ve Got It All – So Pay Attention!

I Need That . . .

          Have You Ever Said That?

o   Was it a hot car?

o   Was it a new item to your collection?

o   Was it just something you wanted?

What are needs?

                Basics of Life – Food, Water, Shelter

                Basics of People – Acceptance, Significance, Love

                Basics of Spirit – Faith (Salvation By), Hope (In Christ Alone), Love (That is Unconditional)

Colossians was written during Paul’s Imprisonment in Rome around 60-62 AD.  This letter was addressing the issue of wrong teachings coming in conflict with the teachings of Christ.  The teachings had to do with “earning” your salvation though being good enough and receiving secret/special spiritual knowledge.  It was degrading the work of Christ saying it was not as important. (2:8 – 2:21)

We sometimes get caught in this idea of “we can work it out”, “I will do it on my own”, “I don’t need anyone else”.  The truth is, in ourselves, we are completely insufficient.  We need other people and most importantly we need the supreme and complete work of Christ.

You can’t be good enough.  It is only His sacrifice that pays for our mess and makes us right with God.  He is everything we need.

Paul was communicating here in Colossians that even though he was locked up – Christ was everything he needed.  Christ is supreme in the world (1:15-18) and he is supreme in redemption (1:19-23).

So regardless of where we find ourselves in life, Christ is everything we need.  In every situation, we have what we need . . . So, PAY ATTENTION!

Our last Prison Letter is Philemon (Written around the same time as Colossians and the two letters were probably sent together at the same time)

Briefly, this letter is an appeal to a slave owner to forgive and release into freedom a slave named Onesimus.    Onesimus was in Rome and consequently in prison because he had stolen money from his master and fled.  Paul met Onesimus in prison and led him to the Lord.  Paul sent this letter to the master by way of Onesimus himself and pleads with the master to receive him as a son.

So what the point here?  Why are we paying attention?

We’ve learned over the last weeks:

          Galatians – We are free in every circumstance when we are in Christ (even prison)

          Ephesians – Even when things are bad, we are blessed in Christ – It’s about knowing Him!

          Philippians – We can have joy in the midst of our mess – He is near!

          Colossians – We’ve got it all!  Christ is supreme over all things and he lives in us by faith

          SOOOOO. . . Philemon – Pay attention to where you are.  You don’t need to be out of prison to live life.  Paul ministered right where he was.  He try to get out so he could get to work.  No, he looked for the opportunity right where he was.

Where are you?  What’s going on in your life?  You can be free in the middle of it.  You are blessed when you know Him, take joy, He is right there with you working it for your good.  You’ve got everything you need, you’ve got it all when you’ve got Him.  All around you are people who need that so bad!  Open your eyes and see the opportunities right where you are!

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  1. omegachip permalink

    Thanks to everybody from last night that afforded me “showers of mercy and grace”.

    Here are a few of the ‘additions/rabbit trails’ to Scott’s notes that I babbled on about.
    On Colossians…
    I’m not sure I adequately conveyed this, so I want to expound on the point about Christ’s redeeming power being all we need. Sin separates us from God and we can’t earn our way across that divide, can’t give to the church across that divide, can’t feed the poor across that divide …. we are completely insufficient. But God made a way. Christ’s sacrifice for us is COMPLETELY SUFFICIENT. I think this is why Paul is so upset with the false ‘religious’ teachings in Colosse. They were essentially teaching that Christ’s sacrifice was not enough. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you from the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions Colossians 2:18
    Christ is truly all we need!

    On Philemon…
    Paul’s appeal here shows him transcending his own needs to serve the needs of others. He knows that both Onesimus and Philemon will benefit from a reconciliation:
    Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good — no longer a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord. Philemon 15-16
    Paul then goes on to say:
    If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will pay it back Philemon 18-19
    If this man has wronged you in ANY way and if he owes you ANYTHING, I will pay the price for him in order that you can be reconciled and have a relationship once again. Now who does that sound like? Even in prison, Paul finds a way to model Christ.

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