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September 9, 2018

Christ is Supreme: Live a Christ-Centered Life
(Colossians 3:15-17)

What does it mean to “live a Christ-centered life?” It means to make Jesus, not you, central in your life, because He is Lord (John 20:28, Acts 2:36).

How do you live a Christ-centered life?

  1. Make the peace of Christ central in your heart. (Col. 3:15)

There are two types of peace in the NT. There is the peace with God that was made possible because we have been justified, and declared righteous. This is objective peace (Romans 5:1).

We have certainty in our relationship with God on the authority of His word and not based on what we think or feel. The doctrine of justification says that you and I have been made right with God, we have been declared righteous at that moment when we put our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Then there is also the peace of God, or “peace of Christ” as Paul would describe it.

In John 14:27, Jesus specifically mentions that His peace is different from the world. The peace of the world that we know of is dependent on circumstances. If all is well at work and at home, it is easy for us to claim that we have peace. But what if things are not what we hope or expect to be? What if we are laid off, if we get sick and the prognosis is not good, what if a loved one decides to leave you. The peace of Jesus transcends all those. His peace is not dependent on circumstances (John 16:32- 33).

How do you “Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart”? There are two things (Phil 4:6-7) that we need to do to let the peace of Christ rule and guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

First, we must intentionally stop anxieties and fears from taking hold of our mind and heart.

It is not God’s will that you and I live in constant fear and anxiety. Take heart, stand your ground and reject those anxious thoughts because God’s presence is with us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:31-32).

Second, we must turn to God in prayer.

Be thankful that you are able to approach a Holy God to present your requests to Him, without fear because we have been justified by faith through the finished work of Jesus whose blood covers all our sins. You and I are given the privilege not just to approach God who is Holy, but to present to Him our prayers and petitions. We are commanded not to be anxious but to pray and claim the promise: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7).

  1. Make the Word of Christ central in your life. (Col. 3:16).

It is God’s word that shows us how to live well, how we can experience a truly rich, meaningful, purposeful and happy life, how to avoid harm and destruction.

It is the word of Christ that shows us how to make wise and God-honoring decisions.

  1. Make the glory of Christ central in your life.

To live a Christ-centered life is to realize that whatever you do, “in word” or “in deed,” meaning action or behaviour, you do it for Jesus (1 Corinthians 10:31). There may be times when you don’t like to do what you need to do - and the only way you can accomplish that which you don’t like to do is to remember that you are doing it in the name of Jesus. Are you a food server, are you a manager, or are you a housewife? Whatever you do, “do all for the glory of God.”  Ask yourself this when you are about to make a decision: “Will this decision bring glory to God?”

Discussion Guide:

  1. Read 1 Peter 5:7 and Isaiah 26:3. Which situation or decision do you need the peace of Christ for? Which of the Lord's promises can you keep in mind to help you trust Him in your situation? Or which passages from Scripture are guiding your decision?

  2. Read Col 3:16. In what ways are you letting the Word of Christ dwell in you richly? With whom do you have conversations about Scripture? Read James 1:22. What has the Lord been telling you through His Word lately?

  3. Read Col 3:17 and Matthew 5:16. In which areas of your life do you find it difficult to do the things that would glorify the Lord? Read Phil 2:13 and Heb 13:20-21.

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