07-21-2019 Sermon - Presenting Everyone Mature in Christ

Paul encourages the Church in Colossae that they are to grow and mature in the Christian Faith. But the way he encourages growth is to leave the responsibility and the means of growth with Christ and not ourselves. Just as Christ's work is all sufficient in providing for the forgiveness of our sins and subsequently our right standing with God, so our growing into the full stature of the image of God is also something Christ is all sufficient in providing. At the same time we will discover that the work of Christ for our growth does not happen without us. Unfortunately we can resist it. Whenever we submit ourselves to careful listening to His Word and availing ourselves of His Sacraments growth will naturally take place. Naturally. But not easily and without pain...