Sermon Outline for Christmas Sunday: The Jesus Story: The Gift That Keeps Giving (Col. 1:1-6)

Grace and peace to you from God our Father (Col 1:2)

  • Grace – the free gift of God
  • PeaceShalom, wholeness and holiness (Luke 2:14)
    • Between God and man, and man with man

Faith and love spring from hope (Col 1:4)

  • Their faith and love was contagious (Col 1:3)
  • They were living out their mission to be extensions of the kingdom of God
  • N.T. Wright, “a mission shaped church must have its mission shaped by hope; that genuine Christian hope, rooted in Jesus’ resurrection, is the hope for God’s renewal of all things, for his overcoming of corruption, decay and death, for his filling of the whole cosmos with his love and grace and his power and glory” (James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful Community, p., 48)
  • Hope comes from the gospel (Col 1:5)
    • Hope is confidence in a good future
    • The message of truth
    • A story worth sharing
    • A story that inspires

The Gospel: What is it?

  • Counter-narrative to the Pax-Romana
  • Proclamation of the arrival of new King, a new Lord
  • Fundamentally the gospel is the revelation of who God is and who we are and how we can be reconciledto him
    • The gospel reveals the glory of God (Luke 2:10-14)
    • The gospelconfronts us with the hopeless of our sinful condition
      • We are sinners (Rom 3:23), wanderers
      • We cannot fix this problem on our own
    • The gospel reveals our desperate need for God

A four part story of hope: death, resurrection, ascension and return

  • Death – (Col 3:3, For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”)
    • Death to false narratives of self and the ways of the world
  • Resurrection– (Col 2:12, “having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.”)
    • New identity
    • New narrative
  • Ascension – (Col 3:1, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” )
    • Lord of all
  • Return – (Col 3:4, “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”)
    • Now and not yet

About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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