Glory Days in Colossians

Passage:Colossians 1:15-29

Preacher: Ben Phillips

Great things come in small packages. This is an accurate description of the little letter of St. Paul to the Colossians. One could sit down and read the letter in ten minutes (in fact I encourage you to do so!). Paul is addressing a fairly new church in a city that presents two challenges. Firstly, the city of Colossae was living in the shadow of its former glory. This is a potentially dangerous and even sad place for a city to exist, or even a church or a person. The church there was also being tempted to change or water down the key doctrines and beliefs that they had originally received. Paul begins to address these challenges in this passage by presenting Christ as the fully incarnate son of God, in some of the most glorious descriptions of Jesus in all the Bible. Paul also reminds them of the power of the Cross. Incarnation and Atonement - we'll see why these doctrines matter, and how they still speak today.