Series Introduction – At his ascension Jesus said to his followers: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” At Pentecost the Holy Spirit came mightily upon them and they began to proclaim in word and in deed that the resurrection changes everything. As we have witnessed the past weeks the message of Jesus began to awaken hearts throughout the Roman Empire. In his letter to the young congregation in Colossae the Apostle Paul began with a prayer: “asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as TO WALK in a manner worthy of the Lord…” (Colossians 1:9). In the coming weeks we will learn what it means to “Walk with Jesus” as we apply the teaching of Colossians to the context of our lives.
June 12 – “Put one foot in front of the other”, the old saying goes. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step” is another old proverb. Walking with Jesus is a lifetime journey that begins with hearing and receiving the gospel, the good news about Jesus, over and over, again and again. In the city of Colossae the gospel had transformed the members of that small congregation so that they were growing in their faith in Christ, in their love for one another, and in their hope for eternity. Today we take the first step in our new sermon series: Walk with Jesus and are transformed by the words written down so we too might grow in faith, hope, and love.