“You Are Complete In Christ” (Colossians 2:6-13)

“You Are Complete In Christ” (Colossians 2:6-13)

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Twelveth Sunday After Pentecost

August 15, 2010     9:00 a.m

For Pre-Service Reading:  Psalm 116, Page 148 In Hymnal

Opening Prayer By Pastor

TLH 340 st 1-6: Awake, my Soul, to Joyful Lays Hymnary.org link

The Invocation And  Responsive Reading

P: The Son of God was the eternal Word Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit existed before time and creation began. Even after He also became human, Jesus Christ did not lose either His divine Being or His eternal glory.

C: “We know that the Son of God has come, so that we may know Him Who is true. He is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:20)….“And the Word became flesh and lived among us. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)   

P: While many seek salvation and life in their own character and works, God’s true children ever confess their own great sin and spiritual unworthiness before a holy and just God. Their only hope is found in God’s great gift of love and mercy, the heaven-sent Savior & Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.

C:“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John        6:68) …… “Jesus answered,’I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

Sing:

Dear Christ,the Rock I on which I build,My Shield & Hiding-place;
M
y never-failing Treas’ry,filled  With boundless stores of grace.
Through Thee my heart’s acceptance gain  Altho’ with sin defiled.
Satan accuses me in vain, For I am God’s dear child.

P: Only a sinless Substitute could stand in our place before a holy God. God provided that holy Substitute and Savior in the Person of His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who lived and died and rose again for us.

C:  “God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5: 21)…..“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us. As it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” (Galatians 3:13)

P: Because our Savior bore the punishment for our sins on the cross, we stand justified, declared not guilty of our sins in the heavenly court, forgiven and righteous. In this we find healing, comfort, joy and peace.

C: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself,not counting men’s sins against them.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)…. “Christ was delivered for our offenses and raised again for our justification.” (Romans 4:25)

Sing:

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds  In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrow,heals his wounds, And drives away his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole And calms the troubled breast.
‘Tis manna to the hungry soul  And to the weary, rest.

P: Our heart-felt response to our Savior’s life-saving and life-changing Gospel can only be that of praise and thanksgiving – shown in our worship, our lives and our relationships both now and evermore.

C: “What shall I give to the Lord for all His blessings upon me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the Name of the Lord. I will offer to the Lord the sacrifice of praise an thanksgiving; I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of His people – now and evermore. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 116 excerpts)

Sing:

Jesus, my Shepherd, Guardian, Friend  My Prophet, Priest and King.
My Lord,my Life,my Way, my End, Accept the praise I bring. 

Through life I would Thy love proclaim With every fleeting breath;
And may the music of Thy Name  Refresh my soul in death!

The Scripture Reading  –  Luke 5:17 – 26

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick & the dead. I believe  in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn 757  – “God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It”

The Sermon ……………………………………………………………………….  Colossians 2:6-13

6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,

“You Are Complete In Christ

1.  Christ is the “Complete” God and Savior

2.  In him, Your Salvation is “Complete”

3. With Him, Your Life is “Complete”

 

Our Gifts Of Faith For The Lord’s Work       

Our Prayers And Our Lord’s  Benediction

Closing Hymn:  – “In Christ We are Complete”

Silent Prayer And Announcements