Sunday, March 24, 2013

Journey from Religion to Relationships

The Bible Series Week Four
Luke 19:28-40; Colossians 3:1-17
Palm Sunday is the day where we celebrate the “Triumphal Entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem during the final week leading up to His crucifixion. This entry on a young donkey colt carries both the weight of fulfilled Messianic prophecy and a kingly proclamation of Jesus as the King who brings peace. Today we will be tying the concept of Jesus as our Eternal King, and exploring the book of Colossians as we seek together to live under the Lordship of Jesus as our King!
Three Great Truths from the Triumphal Entry”.  – Luke 19:28-40
1.  Whether we worship Him or not, Jesus is the King.
2.  Even when our sinful hearts waged war against Him, Jesus came to bring peace as King.
3.  With or without us, Jesus will be proclaimed as King.  
I.   If Jesus is your King, you must set your eyes on Him”. Colossians 3:1-4
Seeking and setting your mind on Christ is not a suggestion, but an imperative.
If you have been raised with Christ, God doesn’t get any closer!
Dead in your sin + Christ’s death for you + Dying to yourself = You alive in Christ
II.  If Jesus is your King, you must put down your sin”.  – Colossians 3:5-11
You are commanded to kill your sin.
“Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you” – John Owen
If you are raised with Christ, sin no longer has power over you! It is no longer your master. We cannot continue to live in unlocked jail cells.
III.   If Jesus is your King, you must “put on Christ”. – Colossians 3:12-17
Remember who you are: Chosen by God - holy and beloved.
Live a life that exudes thankfulness. Gratitude to God combats idolatry.
Dwell in God’s Word, not out of obligation, but out of worship, awe, and expectation.
IV.  Questions to consider:
Is Jesus my King?
Are my eyes set on Jesus or the world around me?
Am I killing my sin or is it killing me?
Am I putting on Christ daily?

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