Alive in Christ
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirit of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
Let No One Disqualify You
16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker's praise without anxiety.
– A.W. Tozer
How does Paul’s argument concerning the person and work of Christ in this passage begin to reveal the specific false “philosophy” or “tradition of men” the Colossians may have been facing? For example, Paul uses the particular construction “Christ Jesus the lord” in 2:6 and nowhere else in his writings. What points might he be making by arranging these titles in this unique phrase (see John 4:25; Philippians 2:5-7; Jude 1:4)?How does Paul’s argument concerning the person and work of Christ in this passage begin to reveal the specific false “philosophy” or “tradition of men” the Colossians may have been facing? For example, Paul uses the particular construction “Christ Jesus the lord” in 2:6 and nowhere else in his writings. What points might he be making by arranging these titles in this unique phrase (see John 4:25; Philippians 2:5-7; Jude 1:4)?
According to this passage, what changes has Jesus accomplished for those who are “In Him”? (Hint: look for the contrasts.) How do each of these changes provide a different picture of the significance of Christ’s work?
What did Paul mean by the “certificate of debt” in Colossians 2:14?
Which rulers and authorities did Christ disarm according to 2:15 (see Colossians 1:13, 16; 2:10; Ephesians 1:20-23; 6:12)? What was the significance of the “public display” He made of them?
Taken from Colossians Complete in Christ Created and edited by the pastors and staff of Grace Bible Church Texas.
Scriptures to Consider
- Genesis 17:1-14
- Romans 4:9-12
- Philippians 3:2-3
MONDAY, June 10
9:30 am Men’s Outreach Prayer
9:30 am Women’s Prayertime
TUESDAY, June 11
7:00 pm Youth Study
WEDNESDAY, June 12
9:00 am Park Play Days at Fairway Park in Stony Plain
9:45 am Keenager’s Study
7:30 pm Young Adults at Piska's
THURSDAY, June 13
FRIDAY, June 14
7:30 pm YOUTH -Melon Night (Final Youth Event of the season)
SATURDAY , June 15
10:00 am Dodgeball Fundraiser
SUNDAY, June 16 - Father's Day!
9:15 and 11:15 am Worship Services
PARK PLAY DAYS start on Wednesday, June 5 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Meet at Fairway Park in Spruce Grove. Bring your kids to play at the playground while you have a chance to connect with others from SGAC. Please check the website sgac.net for more details.
Calling all Father’s, uncles, grandpa’s and kids! Join us for a morning of Dodgeball on Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 am to help raise money for the refugee family! . Cost is $25 per person with all proceeds going to Refugee Sponsorship. Tickets will be available at the Welcome Centre SUNDAY IS THE LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR TICKETS!
Don’t miss it! VBS Registration is now open for children ages 4-grade 6. Join us as we go To Mars and Beyond August 12 to 16 from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm. Volunteers are needed to help minister to our Voyagers during this adventure. Volunteers sign up at the Check In kiosk today.
Deeper Life School of Theology is offering the course, “ How to hear the Voice of God” on June 20 -22. Learn how God speaks and how to distinguish between right and wrong voices. Talk to Pastor Coreen for more info or to register.
JOB OPPORTUNITY We are looking for a Children’s Ministry Assistant to co-ordinate Nursery and 2 year olds, 10-15 hours a week. Being on the Children’s Ministry team means that you will help plan and implement all Children’s Ministry events. The ideal candidate must love children, be a team player and have a firm foundation in the Word of God. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Pastor Coreen with your resume .
Children’s Ministries is looking for volunteers to help out in our reduced summer programming this summer. We would like to give our volunteers sometime off this summer. Please sign up today at the Check-In Kiosk or by filling out the Summer Serve card in the chair pocket in front of you on Sunday.
Annual Toy Cleaning will begin Monday, June 24. If you are able to give some time to this please sign up at the check in kiosk today. We will also need people to help clear out the nursery and 2 year old room after the service on June 23. Please consider staying behind to help with this. Thank you.
SafeCheck Advanced Private Food Safety Training Certification Course
June 25 from 8:15 am – 5:00 pm. Cost is $78.00.
Please register at the church office.
Please pray for:
Our International Workers: Travis & Sharon Thiessen, K.I., Jon & Andrea Bauer.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Steve Kim - Apologetics Pastor. Steve is married to Sharina and they have two children ages 5 & 3.
Our Support Staff Team Member: Debbie Funk. Debbie is married to Rod and they have two children ages 15 and 14.
Our Elders Team Member: Anthony Toornstra. Anthony is married to Rosie and they have 4 children ages 9, 8, 4 and 1.
Our condolences go out to Jessmi Ling and family in the recent passing of Murray Holinaty,
Future Development has begun the new 3 year pledge drive for our Phase 1 – Education Building. Pledge forms / envelopes are at the Welcome Centre . After prayerful consideration, please return your completed form to the new mail slot located in the Future Development display in the foyer before the end of June. These pledges will begin September 1st. For more information go to www.sgac.net/phase1
Congratulations to the following people who took a step of faith to be baptized Sunday morning.