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Good Representative of Christ

Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all

the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Everything the believers said and everything they did should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, realizing his constant presence and bringing honor and glory to him in every aspect and activity of daily living.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 niv).

To act in someone’s name is to act on his authority; believers act as Christ’s representatives.

Paul echoed the need for a thankful spirit, as he had in 3:15 and 3:16.

All we do for Christ should be done with the spirit of thankfulness for all he has done for us.

Believers are not enslaved to rules about every word they speak or deed they do; instead, they freely put themselves under the Lord’s guidance because they love him, have accepted his salvation, and live to glorify him.

Their thanks can go to God through Christ because Christ is the only mediator between God and people.

Believers are marked by Christlike living.

Paul offers a strategy to help us live for God day by day: {Everyday Praise}

  • Imitate [Follow as a pattern] Christ’s merciful, forgiving attitude (3:12–13);

Colossians 3:12-13 (NLT2)
12  Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
13  Make allowance [Patient and Restrain] for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

  • Let love guide your life (3:14);

Colossians 3:14 (NLT2)
14  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

{1 Peter 4:8} (NLT2)
8  Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins
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  • Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart (3:15);

Colossians 3:15 (NLT2)
15  And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

  • Always be thankful (3:15);

Colossians 3:15 (NLT2)
15  And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

  • Keep God’s Word in you at all times (3:16);

Colossians 3:16 (NLT2)
16  Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

  • Live as Jesus Christ’s representative (3:17).

Colossians 3:17 (NLT2)
17  And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Doing everything “as a representative of the Lord Jesus” means bringing honor to Christ in every aspect and activity of daily living.

As a Christian, you representChrist at all timeswherever you go and whatever you say.

What impression do people have of Christ when they see or talk with you?

What changes would you make for your life to honor Christ?

Believers are marked by the way they treat each other.

Christians should live in peace.

This does not eliminate all differences in opinion, but loving Christians will work together despite their differences.

Such love is not a feeling, but a decision to meet others’ needs (see 1 Corinthians 13).

This commitment to others leads to peace between individuals and among the members of the body of believers.

Do problems in your relationships with other Christians cause open conflicts or mutual silence?

Consider what you can do to heal those relationships with love.

The word rule (3:15) comes from athletics: Paul tells us to let Christ’s peace be umpire or referee in our hearts.

Our heart is the center of conflict because there our feelings and desires clash—our fears and hopes, distrust and trust, jealousy and love.

How can we deal with these constant conflicts and live as God wants?

Paul explains that we must decide between conflicting elements by using the rule of peace: Which choice will promote peace in our souls and in our churches?

For more on the peace of Christ, see Philippians 4:9.

Believers are marked by the way they treat outsiders.

The Christian church should have no barriers of nationality, race, education, social standing, wealth, gender, religion, or power.

Christ breaks down all barriers and accepts all people who come to him.

Nothing should keep us from telling others about Christ or accepting into our fellowship any and all believers (Ephesians 2:14–15).

Christians should be building bridges, not walls.

When the Lord returns “in His glory,” He will judge not only the nation Israel (as in the Parable of the 10 Virgins [vv. 1–13] and the Parable of the Talents [vv. 14–30]) but also the Gentiles.

Matthew 25:37–46 (NLT)

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

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Are we getting a relatable and relevant message about Christ to the people?

I am writing this because after elections people examine cause and effect or what worked and what failed.

Interestingly it comes down to getting the voters out but to get people to the polls means have a message that they can relate to.

Having the right message and the right time came be the different between declared the winner or going home.

It is more critical today that the church get the message out to the world that God is still God!

There were 4 writers who pen and presented the gospel to the world in the New Testament. The 4 writers were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The book of Acts was written by Luke tells of the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit in the life of the apostles, and the establishment of the church.

There are discussions about the 21 or 22 letters to the church due to the fact that Revelation was written in a different style.

The bible Old Testament and New Testament is about messaging. It was and is imperative that people understand the Gospel to believe the Gospel.

  1. The gospel is a message about God.
  2. The gospel is a message about sin and the consequences.
  3. The gospel is a message about Christ—Christ, the Son of God incarnate; Christ, the Lamb of God, dying for sin; Christ, the risen Lord; Christ, the perfect Savior.
  4. We must not present the Person of Christ apart from His saving work.
  5. But there is a second and complementary point: we must not present the saving work of Christ apart from His Person.
  6. The gospel is a summons to faith and repentance.
  7. The demand is for faith as well as repentance. 
  8. The demand is for repentance as well as faith
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Wisdom – Knowledge – Understanding

This morning when I woke up I knew the Lord wanted me to talk about gifts.

  • Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.(KJ)
  • Romans 11:29 (GW)
    29  God never changes his mind when he gives gifts or when he calls someone.
  • Gifts are given by God even before you were born like Jeremiah was called even before he was born.

Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV)
5  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

  • Calling and gifts are inside you and born with them and you need no repentance to have them or receive them because they were given since the beginning.

James 1:17 (KJV)
17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

God spoke to me to tell saints to stop asking for their gift and start accepting their gift.

It is not that we don’t know the way we are gifted we just don’t like the way we are gifted.

There are people who just don’t like the way God made them.

They are unhappy with their skin color, their race, their family, their appearance, their face or head shape. Yet God made us unto His liking.

God will not take back his gifts or withdraw his call.

He will keep his promises.

The important word is irrevocable, not irresistible.

While God will not take back what he has offered, we are certainly able to reject it.

Not only can we reject it we can bury it like the man with the one talent.

Exodus 31:2-6 (KJV)
2  See, I have called by name Bezaleelthe son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
3  And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
4  To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
5  And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
6  And I, behold, I have given with him A’ho’liab, the son of A’hisa’mach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee
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Too often we narrow the scope of God toward mankind.

We see God only working with people who are highly visible to others.

Yet I see God directing the lives of all who will submit to his guiding hand.

We often fail to see God working with anyone other than preachers, prophets, missionaries, teachers, priests, Levites, bishops, elders, apostles, deacons, trustees, singers, but God directs all of our lives and our accomplishments.

All that brings glory to His name has been gifted by him!!!

You can design a tee shirt with coffee time and God gave you that gift.

You can design a facebook post and God gave you that gift.

You share the message faithfully and God gave you that gift.

You can design a website and God gave you that gift.

You can give $1 to support that work and God gave you that gift of giving.

You can help your senior neighbor get grocery and God gave you the gift of help.

Just having patience is a gift from the Lord.

The two mentions in the text had Spirit-filled abilities in artistic craftsmanship.

They had the ability to work with their hands to create what was in the mind of God.

Take notice of all the abilities God gives his people.

Don’t reject your skills if they are not like Moses’ and Aaron’s

God gave them abilities but he also gave them:

  • Wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Knowledge

In order to do the work in alignment with what the will of God was.

Today we see the gifts as a way to make money and not glorify God with the gift.

Solomon had been set in place to lead Israel but he saw the glamour but he also so saw the need for God to equip him.

Although you have been placed in a position doesn’t mean you are qualified for the position.

Solomon understood his weakness as a leader in a position.

2 Chronicles 1:10 (KJV)
10  Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?

If you are to exercise the gift or gifts God has given you then you need all three to function properly.

Wisdom – Knowledge – Understanding

I have read books on airplanes therefore I have knowledge of planes but I cannot fly one.

I have understanding that a hurt person will seek to hurt someone they love but how to fix that person I don’t have any idea.

I can have the wisdom to say the right things but the will to carry out the words I don’t know how.

Wisdom – Knowledge – Understanding all starts with the spirit of God in our lives. We need to be spirit-filled.

There are steps to accepting the gift that God has for you.

1. Pray for God’s guidance.

Commit your work to the Lord, then it will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)

2. Praise God for gift(s) he has given you.

3. Go to Scripture for confirmation.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

4. Use your Christ-redeemed mind to analyze the gift.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

5. Seek godly counsel about your gift.

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)

6. Analyze your motivations of how to use the gift.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

7. Accept that the gifts by knowing it was God who made you that way.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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Fail to Plan, then you Plan to Fail

Plan for changeno Permission required

Has the church keep aware of the social, economical, political changes & spiritual atmosphere changes?

Are we preparing to lead or we just satisfied following?

Part of the new transformation will require traditional church ministries to seek more than just profits.

We must seek spiritual wholeness, moral obligation and readiness as a means to growing with the present generation.

At the heart of the churches existence must be Christ Centered-People Driven.

Joshua 1:8 (NLT2)
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Deuteronomy 1:8 (NLT2)
Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.’”

It is difficult to occupy that which you do not understand.

Let’s explore these guidelines to define Planning.

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Actionable
  4. Relevant
  5. Time bound