In Colossians 1:21-23 we saw that Jesus has provided reconciliation through his death on the cross. He has made a way for us to have peace with God. By trusting in Christ and turning from our sins we can be transformed from hostile enemies to beloved children. However Paul qualifies this reconciliation by reminding us that we must persist in our response of faith and repentance. No true believer can lose their salvation, but this passage reminds us to continually live out what we believe.
Take some time this week to reflect on how whether your life reflects what you say you believe. As God reveals areas that are out of step with your profession, confess your sin and enjoy the forgiveness that God freely gives. Don't be weighed down and defeated by guilt, but let the recognition of sin show you your need for God. He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Listen to "Reconciled to God."
PREPARING TO HEAR
This week we will take a brief break from Colossians as Michael Dietzel preaches from Hosea 2. Chapter 1 introduced the main characters and showed how Israel's relationship with God was like Gomer's relationship to Hosea. Gomer illustrated Israel's adultery, which came in the form of idolatry and worship of false gods. Chapter 2 builds on this introduction and begins to diagnose what idolatry is and describe how we should deal with it. As you prepare for this week, read Hosea 2:2-23 and think about the following questions:
- Why did Israel go after idols? Why do I go after idols?
- Where do I look for satisfaction?
- Why is idolatry such a big deal?
- How can we overcome idolatry?
Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Michael as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.
PREPARING TO PARTICIPATE
This Sunday we also have the privilege to participate in the Lord's Supper. Take some time this week to think of Jesus' death in light of his incarnation. Jesus came as a baby to live and die for sinners. At the Lord's Supper we remember his sacrifice and rejoice in his love for us. Prepare yourself to partake of the elements with a right mindset and in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27-28)