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Easter Sunday Sermon

But Why?
11 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

5.TO REIGN VICTORIOUS
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2:13-15


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Thanksgiving for 26 years of Africa For Christ on the occasion of Terry Rae passing on the leadership to Andy Sieberhagen

Colossians 1


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Pray . . . that God may open a door for our message so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ . . . Pray that I may proclaim it clearly as I should. Colossians 4:3-4

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared (ready) to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15

Being ready by being able to clearly articulate the Gospel.


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Colossians 4:5-6
1. SEE PEOPLE (OPEN YOUR EYES Jesus)

2. EXPECT GOD TO WORK (I HAVE MANY PEOPLE IN THIS CITY Jesus)

3. BUILD BRIDGES (MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY Paul)*
a. Make an initial acquaintance
b. Establish a growing relationship
c. Show hospitality
d. Cultivate common interests
e. Capitalise on holidays
f. Be available for the hurting
g. Plant gospel seeds
h. Provide suitable resources
i. Invite to a bridging event
j. Be ready to share the gospel

*points from Life-Style Evangelism by Joe Aldrich


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Calling Equipping and Sending Disciples for the Glory of God – 6 Convictions

  1. All people begin life in the domain of darkness (left of the cross)
  2. All people are at different stages on their spiritual journey – some are being discipled to faith; others are being discipled to maturity.
  3. Being discipled to faith is a process in which the Word of God (the Gospel) prayer the Spirit of God and usually people play a critical role.
  4. A sovereign work of God is required to transfer people from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son.
  5. Being discipled to maturity is a process in which transformation into the image of Christ takes place through the Word of God prayer the Spirit of God and people.
  6. Our aim as Christians is to move to the right ourselves and to help others to move to the right through the Word of God prayer and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

He is the one we proclaim admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Colossians 1:28-29

SPIRITUAL MATURITY IS GOD ‘S DESIGN AND IT MUST BE OUR AIM
HOW DO WE MOVE OURSELVES AND OTHERS TO THE RIGHT?
By God ‘s Word
By hard work
By the Spirit ‘s power


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As Christians we know that we have been saved (past) to be with Jesus in eternity (future) but for now we live in the real world on earth facing many challenges on a daily basis (present). This message looks at how Paul advised us to live victoriously in this world. Colossians 3:1-17


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On Good Friday three things were nailed to the cross (John 19:16-30; Colossians 2:13-14)
JESUS HIMSELF
They crucified him. . . . This man was handed over to you by Gods set purpose and foreknowledge; and you with the help of wicked men put him to death by nailing him to the cross. (John 19:18; Acts 2:23)

THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF PILATE
Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. (John 19:19)

THE RECORD OF DEBT
He forgave us all our sins having cancelled the written code (ESV record of debt) with its regulations that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14)


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(Colossians 1:13-14; 21-23; 28-29)

Biblical Convictions:
1. All people begin life in the domain of darkness
2. All people are at different stages in their spiritual journey
3. Being discipled to faith is a process in which the Word of God (the Gospel) the Spirit of God and usually people play a key role
4. A sovereign work of God is required to transfer people from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of the Son
5. Being discipled in faith is a process in which transformation into the image of Christ takes place through God ‘s Word prayer and the ministry of the Holy Spirit
6. Our aim as Christians is to move ourselves and every person we meet to the right through the Word of God prayer and the ministry of the Holy Spirit


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Using Pauls prayer for the Colossians to give insight into the things we should pray for ourselves and others (Colossians 1:1-4)