Sectarian formality or spiritual freedom—to which are believers bound? For the Gentile church in Colosse such a question was confounding. Jewish legalists had infiltrated the ranks of the Colossians and had convinced some that kowtowing to Jewish ritualism was a necessary means for earning God’s favor and, thus, achieving true spirituality. Did the apostle Paul agree? In this sermon series, Pastor Ronald H. Gann gives exegetical insights as he unpacks Paul's treatise to the Colossians verse-by-verse.
10 - Legalism vs. Liberty
May 26, 2013 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
01 - Introduction: The Supremacy Of Christ
February 17, 2013 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
Who exactly were the Colossians, and why does ACTS omit any reference to them on Paul's three missionary journeys? What were the circumstances that led to this apostolic treatise on the person, work, and nature of Jesus Christ? And what impact, if any, has this “Prison-Epistle” had on the Christian Church as a whole? To these questions, and more, Pastor Ronald H. Gann gives cogent answers in this concise but critical sermon series.
02 - The Word Of Truth
March 3, 2013 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
Imagine writing a letter to a group of strangers—people with whom you’ve never before exchanged a handshake or seen face-to-face—to instruct them in their faith and to correct doctrinal errors. How do you think such a letter would be received? Far from intimidated, the apostle Paul was eager to do just that for the Colossians, convinced that he had the “Word of Truth” on his side. In this sermon series, Pastor Ronald H. Gann gives exegetical insights as he unpacks Paul's treatise to the Colossians verse-by-verse.
03 - The Prayer Of Paul
March 10, 2013 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
How should believers pray for their fellow Christians? Paul does not leave us without an example. In his opening salvo to the Colossians, the apostle prays for his readers to grow in right theology (orthodoxy) so that they grow in right living (orthopraxy). But is it enough to pray for the "knowledge of God" and the "knowledge of his will" at the expense of application? To these questions, and more, Pastor Ronald H. Gann gives cogent answers in this concise but critical sermon series.