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Sermons, Articles and News from Redemption Hill Church in Lawrence, KS

The Centrality of Grace in the Supremacy of Christ

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: September 29, 2019 | Text: Colossians 4:18

Sermon Summary

The grace of God must be at the center of believers' lives. God's grace shown in our lives pushes us to value the truth and value people at the same time. It drives us to willingly, joyfully endure suffering for the sake of the gospel. And it provides us with a deeper experience of Jesus Christ and his saving work on the cross.

The People God Uses

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: September 22, 2019 | Text: Colossians 4:10-17

Sermon Summary

When someone embraces the supremacy of Christ, it changes them. When a group of people embrace the supremacy of Christ, it changes the world. God is pleased to accomplish his work in the world through us, and this means we must understand our expectations. God uses those who commit, labor, endure, use their resources, and embrace their calling. 

The Supremacy of Christ in the Conduct of the Saints

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: September 1, 2019 | Text: Colossians 4:5-6

Sermon Summary

Every Christian must deal with how they relate to unbelievers. Some choose fearful withdrawal, seeking to isolate themselves and escape the world. Others choose friendship with the world, capitulating to the sinful desires and priorities of unbelievers. But Scripture calls us to wise engagement, not isolation or capitulation but infiltration. Believers should seek to wisely engage with those around them in order to glorify God in the spread of the gospel.

The Supremacy of Christ in the Prayers of the Saints

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: August 25, 2019 | Text: Colossians 4:2-4

Sermon Summary

Prayer is an expression of dependence on and devotion to God. When we pray, we are showing that we desperately need God's intervention in our life. Our lives should be marked by frequent and fervent prayer, as we realize how much we need God every day. Our prayers should also be focused and confident, asking for God to accomplish what he has promised and expecting him to do it. Let us pray for God to save sinners, to grow his church, and to glorify his name in the world. 

The Supremacy of Christ Over Slaves and Masters

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: August 18, 2019 | Text: Colossians 3:22-4:1

Sermon Summary

The issue of slavery can be one of the more uncomfortable issues in Scripture. Paul's commands to slaves and masters seems to have very little application to the life of someone who neither owns nor serves as a slave, and the fact that Paul doesn't condemn slavery right out seems different than what we might expect or want. These are not easy questions to answer, but it is definitely worth the time it takes to dig into the text and understand what God is saying through it. And when we do, we find that the supremacy of Christ affects every area of life, whether slaves and masters in the first century, or those who are slaves of Christ in the 21st century.

The Supremacy of Christ in the Home of the Christian

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: July 28, 2019 | Text: Colossians 3:18-21

Sermon Summary

The commands Paul gives to the family are essential expressions of a heart that is fully committed to the supremacy of Christ. If we see ourselves as supreme, then wives will reject their husband’s leadership, husbands will be harsh, children will not obey, and fathers will provoke their children. But if Christ is supreme in our homes, we will display something radically different; and Christ will be seen as preeminent.

Put On The New

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: June 23, 2019 | Text: Colossians 3:12-14

Sermon Summary

God's grace is all encompassing. Believers are chosen, justified, and sanctified by grace. It is God's grace that removes the sinful nature and makes a person alive. And it is grace that allows believers to grow in holiness throughout their lives. Because believers have been enabled to obey, they must follow Christ in obedience by clothing themselves with love towards God and others.

The Supremacy of Christ Over Our Differences

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: June 9, 2019 | Text: Colossians 3:11

Sermon Summary

Our current world is one of polarizing division. It is far easier to create a distinction of "us" vs. "them" than to be united in something. These divisions are nothing new, but go back at least to the time of Paul and even before him. But while these divisions are real, they are overcome in Jesus Christ. Believers in Jesus Christ are no longer defined primarily by ethnic, social, national, or any other type of identity. They are defined and united in Christ.

The War Against Sin Part 2

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: June 2, 2019 | Text: Colossians 3:7-10

Sermon Summary

Our nature leads to our behavior. Believers in Jesus Christ have a new nature, a new identity in Christ that replaces the old nature of sin. And believers in Christ are being transformed into the image of their creator. Living in the sinful pattern of our old nature is not in step with who we are and who we are becoming.

The War Against Sin Part 1

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: May 19, 2019 | Text: Colossians 3:5-6

Sermon Summary

Christians must not coddle sin. Instead, they must make war against sin and put it to death. The flesh offers up temptation, and giving into our evil desires ultimately leads to death. Rather than taking temptation and sin lightly, believers must be repulsed by them and actively fight against them. This fight can only be done in the power of Jesus Christ, who gives life to those who are dead in their sins and gives victory to believers fighting against it. 

The Inferiority of False Teaching

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: April 28, 2019 | Text: Colossians 2:16-23

Sermon Summary

False teaching prompted Paul to write to the Colossians, and unfortunately it is still alive and well today. False teaching distorts, subtracts from, or adds to the gospel. It takes something good and warps it just enough to make it evil. Sometimes it comes in the form of legalism, requiring not just faith in Christ but obedience to specific standards in order to be right with God. Sometimes it comes through mysticism, that there are other means to communicate and hear from God outside of what he has provided in Scripture. And sometimes it looks like asceticism, teaching that we can get to God through our own efforts. But these forms of false teaching are dangerous, because they take away from the sufficiency and supremacy of Christ. Trust in him alone!

All Sufficient Savior

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: April 7, 2019 | Text: Colossians 2:11-15

Sermon Summary

Christ is completely sufficient - meaning he is enough. He is enough to change our heart, to forgive our sins, and to defeat our enemies. His sufficiency is paired with his supremacy - meaning he is over all. Christ's sufficiency and supremacy gives joy, purpose, and foundation to the believer's life. Christ is enough!

Complete in Christ

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 24, 2019 | Text: Colossians 2:6-10

Sermon Summary

Many things vie for our attention in life. We are bombarded with various philosophies, worldviews, pleasures, and experiences. They all want to dominate our attention and time. But the truth of the gospel is that Christ is all and is in all. Spiritual life is found only and always in Christ.

Spiritual Encouragement in Christ

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 17, 2019 | Text: Colossians 2:1-5

Sermon Summary

Do you want strong faith? If you want to have a secure and steadfast faith, you must draw near to Christ. God grows our faith in the context of other believers in the church, helps us resist false teaching, and ultimately brings us joy. And this is available to you by growing in your understanding of Christ. Seek deeper knowledge of the truth. Pursue your relationship with Christ. Be strong in your faith.

A Model of Gospel Ministry

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 10, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:24-29

Sermon Summary

Sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking that only pastors are called to gospel ministry. But Colossians 1:24-29 makes it clear that God calls every Christian to live for him. This involves suffering for Christ, proclaiming Christ, laboring for Christ, and laboring for Christ. God will accomplish his purposes in the world, but he will accomplish them through his people. Let us join with Paul in striving with all our energy to follow Christ in gospel ministry.

Reconciled to God

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: February 24, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:21-23

Sermon Summary

The message of the gospel is that all people have sinned and fallen short of God's standard. Sin alienates people from God, and leads them to hostility and evil deeds. But Jesus' death on the cross provides a way to make peace. Jesus provides reconciliation. This peace is available to all who turn to Christ in faith and repentance. Receiving the gospel is not a momentary decision with no ramifications. Believers must persist in their belief and repentance, trusting in God throughout their life. And God is faithful to bring all true believers to the end and present them holy and blameless before him.

The Preeminence of Christ Pt 1

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: February 10, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:15-20

Sermon Summary

Colossians 1:15-20 contains the main point of the entire book: the preeminence of Christ. Jesus is in all and over all. All things have come into being through him and all things are subject to him. Amidst a world that denies Christ's supremacy, and emotions that reject his preeminence, we must meditate on Christ's rightful place - above all else.

Gratitude to a Gracious Father

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: February 3, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:12-14

Sermon Summary

Colossians 1:12-14 describes what God has done for believers in salvation. God has qualified sinners to share in his inheritance as adopted sons and daughters. He has transferred us from the dark kingdom of Satan and sin and given us citizenship in the kingdom of God. All this was made possible when Jesus shed his blood for us on the cross to provide redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The greatness of God's grace leads to gratitude. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

Paul's Prayer for the Church

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 20, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:9-12

Sermon Summary

After God saves someone, he leads them on the path of sanctification, growth in holiness. Sanctification involves understanding and following the will of God, not his secret, undisclosed plan for every detail of life, but his revealed will of what pleases him. Knowing what God loves spurs believers on to love the same things, bear spiritual fruit, and endure to the end.

Rejoicing in the Gospel

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 13, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:3-8

Sermon Summary

Paul begins his letter to the Colossians by focusing on the gospel The gospel displays God's grace and power in our lives. It alone can produce faith and love in the lives of sinners. God, who alone deserves credit for salvation, is glorified in the gospel, and uses faithful men and women to spread and live out the gospel to further his glory. Members of the body of Christ have the joy and responsibility to embrace the sufficiency and power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Intro to Colossians

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: January 6, 2019 | Text: Colossians 1:1-2

Sermon Summary

The book of Colossians centers on the supremacy of Christ. The church in Colossae was facing opposition to the gospel. Some people were distorting the gospel by adding to it, while others were distorting the gospel by subtracting from it. In our own day and age, we face the same type of opposition from people trying to distort the gospel. In light of this, we must remember that Jesus is supreme over all. Only through Jesus can we receive grace, peace, and holiness.

*Due to microphone issues, this week's sermon audio is poor in quality. We apologize for the inconvenience.