Category Archives: Christ in you

Christ in You – In the World

God defined “the world” in two ways. 1) Mankind whom God created (John 3:16), and 2) The thoughts and behavior of man (1 John 2:15-17). “Christ in you” (Col 1:27) will cause a love-hate relationship with the world (2 Cor 6:15-18). Since the world keeps on moving away from God (2 Tim 3:12-13), we must always stay close to Him (2 Tim 3:14-15).

I. DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD — REASONS

A. God will destroy it (2 Peter 3:10-13)

B. Satan wants to rule it (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 3:19-20; 1 John 5:19)

C. We are complacent with it (Heb 3:12-14)

D. A distinct and holy people are needed in it (Matt 16:18; James 1:27; 4:4; Col 3:1-3; John 15:18-19; Rom 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 2:11-12)

II. DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD — PROOF

A. Testing who and what we love (1 John 2:15-17)

1. What gives us pleasure?
2. What do we set before our eyes?
3. What makes us swell with pride?
4. What commands do we obey?

a. The will of God?
b. The call of culture?

Christ in you means loving people
without condoning their thinking and behavior;
that’s holiness.

A Family Of Servants

One of many descriptions of God’s people is — “servant” (Rom 16:1; Col 1:7; 4:7; 1 Tim 4:6; 1 Cor 4:1). Servants, of course, serve (Gal 5:13); just watch our deacons (1 Tim 3:8-13), our elders (1 Tim 3:1-7), our ladies (Rom 16:1-3). Yes, our men and children, serve too, because service is for every member (1 Cor 12:18; 1 Pet 4:10; Rom 12:4, 7-8). Everyone’s service, or lack of it, affects the proper working of the Lord’s body (Rom 12:5). There is no higher calling than that of SERVANT (Mark 10:42-25).

I. WHEN WE SERVE

A. We serve the Lord (2 Cor 5:9, 15; 3 John 5-8)

B. We understanding the Lord (Phil 3:7-8)

C. The Lord is aware (Matt 25:40; Heb 6:10)

D. The served sense our love (Phil 7; 1 Cor 16:14-18)

II. BENEFITS OF SERVICE

A. A means to holiness (1 Pet 1:15-16; Rom 12:1; 1 Pet 2:5, 9)

B. A cure for self-centeredness (Phil 2:3-4)

C. A response to loneliness (Rom 12:9-12)

D. A cause of effectiveness (Lev 26:8; Eph 4:16)

Every member a minister,
for the good of the body
for the glory of God!

Christ Lives In You — At All Times

Colossians 3:12-17. “Christ in you” is for every occasion and stage of life (Col 3:17). “The whole” of what we say and do must be in recognition of His great name and in obedience to His universal authority. “Christ in you” is a principle that applies to “the whole” of your life (Ecc 12:13-14).  {Note the emphasis on Christ or God in each passage.}

I. CHRIST LIVES IN YOU — AT HOME

A. Husband (Eph 5:23, 25-27)
B. Wife (Col 3:18-19; 1 Pet 3:1-4, 7)
C. Child (Col 3:20)
D. Old and Young (Titus 2:1-8)

II. CHRIST LIVES IN YOU — AT WORK

A. Employee (Titus 2:9-10; Col 3:22-24)

III. CHRIST LIVES IN YOU — AS A CITIZEN

A. Resident (1 Peter 2:13-17)

IV. CHRIST LIVES IN YOU — IN THE CHURCH

A. His body (1 Cor 12:27)
B. His bride (1 Cor 3:16-17)
C. His temple (1 Pet 2:5)

1. Our affections (Phil 1:6-7; 1 Thess 4:9-10)
2. Our sacrifices (Col 1:24)
3. Our obedience (1 Pet 1:22-23)

Knowing Life Through Jesus

Matthew 28:1-15; John 20:30-31. Today we come to the most important miracle (Rom 1:1-4). Never had anyone witnessed a dead person coming back to life – by His own power (cf. Heb 11:35). But the disciples should have expected it (Mark 8:31).

I. BELIEVING HISTORICAL WITNESSES

A. Women (Matt 27:61: 28:1; cf. Acts 10:40-41)
B. Peter, John (John 20:3-8)
C. Thomas (John 20:25-28)
D. Paul’s list (1 Cor 15:3-8)
E. Soldiers (Matt 28:11-15)
1. He is alive! Claims proven (Matt 16:16-20; Matt 20:28; John 10:10; 14:6)

II. BELIEVING CURRENT FACTS

A. Jesus raised to prove divinity (Rom 1:4-5)
B. Jesus raised to receive dominion/kingdom (Dan 7:13-14; Acts 2:36-41)
C. Jesus raised to God’s right hand (Mark 16:19; Acts 2:33-35)
D. Jesus raised for our justification (Rom 4:25; Col 2:11-13; 1 Pet 3:18-22)
E. Jesus raised for our intercession (Heb 7:24-25)
1. To believe it, is to speak it (2 Cor 4:13-14)

III. BELIEVING FUTURE FACTS

A. He will return (1 Cor 11:26)
B. He will raise the dead (1 Cor 15:20; John 5:28-29)
C. He will judge the living and dead (John 12:48; Matt 25:31-46; 2 Cor 5:10; 2 Tim 4:1)
D. He will transform the believer’s body (Phil 3:21; 1 John 3:2)
E. He will give the believer eternal life (John 11:25-26)
1. Life — is living in God’s presence!

After you have come to know all there is to know about the Christ,
can you truly just walk away from Him?

Knowing God’s Will Through Jesus

Matthew 17:1-9; John 1:17-19. Consider a miracle that proves Jesus to be more than a miracle worker. This miracle proved that He is God; and being Deity He came to make known God’s will to us.

I. DIFFICULT WEEK

A. Great Confession (Matt 16:13-20; cf. John 6:68-69; Matt 16:16)

B. Troubling Prophecy (Matt 16:21)

C. Stinging Rebuke(s) (Matt 16:22-23)

D. Demanding Call (Matt 16:24-28; cf. 1 Cor 15:31; Gal 2:20; Col 1:27; Col 3:5-10)

II. REMARKABLE NIGHT

A. Jesus Is Glorious (Matt 17:2; cf. John 17:5; Acts 9:3-5; Rev 1:16-19; 2 Cor 3:18)

B. Jesus Prayed about His Mission with Friends (Luke 9:28)

C. Jesus Talked about His Death with Friends (Luke 9:31; cf. Heb 3:12-13)

D. Jesus Has All Authority (Matt 17:4-6; cf. Matt 28:18-20; Heb 1:1-2)

When leaving the mount of worship, go to the valley of service (Matt 17:14-19)
Like Jesus, we can be transformed (2 Cor 3:18; 1 John 3:2-3; Col 3:2-4)
Begin or be lost forever from God (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16)