Pastor Justin Simmons closes out our series in the book of Colossians with a message about relational connection. Rooted people have rooted relationships. Paul required people to come alongside him to fulfill his purpose and them, theirs. Who are you in the foxhole of life with? Do you have someone to encourage you and pick you up when you fall down? Deeply rooted relationships may just be the difference maker in your life.
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Pastor Justin Simmons continues the series rooted by sharing Paul’s final two challenges to the church in Collosae. Paul tells them – and us – to be devoted in prayer. Biblical prayer is both intentional and purposeful. These moments to speak to God and hear from Him too. Prayer is the greatest weapon we have as Christians and cannot afford to underestimate the power we’ve been given through Him. Then we can walk in wisdom and make the most of the opportunities around us. When we have the Lord’s heartbeat, we can meet the needs of our communities. We can expect to see God build His church and change our cities!
Pastor Justin Simmons shares how we can begin to build families that function as God designed. In a world set in chaos where dysfunction is the accepted norm, a Christian’s family should stand out as counter-cultural. Rooted in Paul’s letter, the true test of Jesus’s Lordship is the principles governing our churches also governing our homes.
Pastor Justin Simmons shares from Colossians 3 about planting your mind in eternity to walk out our faith today. We must decide to look above our difficulties and only entertain that which feeds the new person we’ve become in Christ. We guard our hearts from any thoughts and beliefs that would rob us of our destiny. A disciplined life will always lead us to greater freedom.
Pastor Justin Simmons concludes chapter two of Colossians with a challenging message about getting back to a simple gospel. Humanity has a way of making simple things complex and our faith has not escaped the trap. It is a simple gospel that saves us, transforms us and unites us. When we add to the gospel our rules, traditions and experiences; we create systems of division that often times make us enemies instead of a family of believers. Do you have the courage to ask God to strip it all away and make your faith fully fixated on Jesus Christ alone?
Pastor Justin continues in Colossians with a message about the deep need of spiritual parents. Nobody gets where they are going without the help of others. Why do we choose to live alone among community of the church? We need what others carry in God. We need to glean from the breakthroughs others have obtained. When we live in community with the goal of family, we receive an inheritance from each other’s walk with Jesus.
Pastor Justin Simmons continues the series Rooted with a message about Jesus being the God over all things. Anything apart from Jesus is a lesser thing. Our marriages, jobs, finances… all things… find their true meaning and purpose in Christ. The question we must ask ourselves is this: Is Jesus Lord over all things in my life?
Pastor Justin Simmons continues the Rooted series with Paul’s prayer for the church in Colossae. The Apostle prays for the church to be filled with God’s wisdom so they may live pleasing lives worthy of God. This requires the people of God aligning their hearts and minds with the will of God. We cannot afford to underestimate the need to regain God’s perspectives in everything we think and do.
Pastor Justin Simmons focuses on the Apostle Paul’s thanksgiving for the church in Collosae and highlights the church’s reputation. Paul hears about the love that was prevalent among the church and commends them for their maturity. The love Paul writes about is due to the hope the church possesses for the future. They recognize that God has forgiven them and so offense has no place to settle. Hope is the fuel to love others well.
Pastor Justin Simmons begins our summer series of Rooted by reading through Colossians. Over the next couple months we will explore how relevant Paul’s letter is to creating maturity in us, nearly 2000 years after it’s writing. We don’t want to become old Christians, but mature and deeply rooted in the word of God so that we will flourish in this life and the next!