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July 6, 2015, 9:27 AM

A New Sermon Series in Colossians

This Sunday, the 12th, we'll begin a series of messages from the book of Colossians. A few years ago, I embraced an approach to preaching that sought to summarize the message of an entire biblical book in seven to ten sermons. You may remember the first series in this approach. It started in the summer of 2010 with the 7-UP & CLOSER 2 CHRIST SERIES. I started with seven sermons in the book of Romans. And I have continued that practice, with a few topical and seasonal side trails, to this day.

However, after the series I did on Ruth a few months ago, I began to realize how much I had shortchanged that book by pre-framing the series to four messages (conveniently dividing the sermons by the number of chapters in the book). I found that there was just so much there that I wanted to communicate, but it pushed each of the sermons a little longer than I had planned. Of course, it all culminated in the Mother Day's massacre when our service crossed the finish line at 12:35 after the fourth and final installment of that series!

And so, as we begin a new series in Colossians, I want to tweak the preaching model a little bit. Instead of preframing the series ahead of time, I want to slow down and pause where I need to pause. Speed up where we need to shift into fourth gear. And most of all, savor the flavor of the Gospel.

In Colossians, I can't see going past seven messages, but, you never know. We will work through the letter, and concentrate on the overall theme of the book, being rooted in Christ. As we begin this coming Sunday, the title will be "Happy Dependence Day!"  Paul declares in Col. 1:13 that God has delivered us (freed us!) from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of Christ. We have not been declared independent, but dependent in the sense that we have been grafted into the body of Christ so that we might truly live!

It all begins Sunday.

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