Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At
the same time pray for us too, that God may open a door for the
message so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for
which I am in chains. Pray that I may make it known as I
should.

The 4 legs of ministry:
Prayer (Devotion)
Thanksgiving
Proclamation
Prayer (For Leadership)
Healthy ministry begins and ends with prayer.

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the
most of the opportunities. ‘

Insiders vs Outsiders
Paul is keenly aware of the insiders vs outsiders.
Paul WAS an outsider.
Imagine Paul applying for a job in ministry at a church today.
His resume includes:
1- Married? No I’m single
2- Family? None
3- Church Leadership? Yes I killed some church leaders
4- What are you good at? Starting riots
5- Background check? Multiple stints in prison

Becoming an insider is NOT about becoming like the insiders.
It has EVERYTHING to do with knowing Jesus and laying your life
down for Jesus in full surrender to Him.
This whole book is all about that very thought.
That you were once an outsider but because of God’s grace in
Jesus you can become an insider.

Let’s go back through the book of Colossians.

Chapter 1
‘ For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in the Son
and through him to reconcile all things to himself by making peace
through the blood of his cross – through him, whether things on
earth or things in heaven.
Before Christ, YOU are and I are outsiders. We are actually
enemies of God. We are hostile toward God.

All of Humanity is at war (at odds) with God.
Colossians 1 speaks of two types of reconciliation: a reconciliation of
“all things” (v. 20) and a personal reconciliation—that of people (see v.
21).
We all have been affected and infected by sin.
All of creation has been affected by the fall.
The animals were affected (Romans 8:20).
The ground was cursed (Genesis 3:17).
The solar system was disturbed (Job 25:5-6).

Even Heaven has been affected (Hebrews 9:23), perhaps defiled
by the presence of Satan.
Where there is pain, where there is suffering, where there is
disillusionment, it’s ALL a result of sin affecting and infecting the
world.
One of the purposes of Jesus’ death was to reconcile all things
to Himself, which will be accomplished in the future.
But personal reconciliation can be accomplished here and now by
surrendering to Jesus as Lord.

Ultimately, Christians will stand perfected in God’s presence; we’ll be
glorified, having a new body and standing in a new heaven.

But God has made a peace agreement through Jesus.
Jesus is The Mediator of Peace (v. 19)
In WAR time – where there are two opposing, hostile nations – while
the war is happening, there are diplomats and generals behind the
scenes negotiating and drafting a document for signature called a
peace treaty.

Peace with God is not made through a document; it is a
declaration made through action.
Who took the first step?
Jesus did!

The picture Paul painted in Colossians is of a peace agreement made
between heaven and earth, between God and humanity.

Peace began when Jesus emptied Himself to become human.
Though He was God (Luke 5:17-26)
He became man.
He was 100 percent human and 100 percent divine.
As God, He was able do what no man could ever do: reconcile
sinners to God.
As a human, He was able to suffer the consequences of sin.
Jesus is the perfect middleman, the perfect mediator—

And you were at one time strangers and enemies in your minds
as expressed through your evil deeds, but now he has reconciled
you by his physical body through death to present you holy,
without blemish, and blameless before him –

You and I need to be reconciled to God.
Reconciliation means to restore to a right relationship or to change
thoroughly, from enemy to friend.
This reconciliation is done by death and blood. (Hebrews 9:22).
EVERY time the Bible speaks of reconciliation, it speaks of humans
and all things being reconciled to God – not God being reconciled to
us.
We are the ones who strayed from him.
Yet HE initiates reconciliation with us.

So He took the first step, he emptied himself of His Godliness, and
He laid down His life, His blood purchased PEACE and
RECONCILIATION.
And now he has come to us with his “TERMS and CONDITIONS”

US HISTORY
On My Hawaii Trip a few years ago I visited Pearl Harbor
Toured the USS Missouri
Tokyo Bay – Sept 2 1945
The Instrument of Surrender
They met on the water and signed a peace agreement.
The terms and conditions were drafted by General Douglas
MacArthur and signed by the emperor of Japan.
This ship, with all its firepower and all its artillery, came cruising
into the TOKYO Bay offering peace.

Colossians 2
Having been buried with him in baptism, you also have been
raised with him through your faith in the power of God who raised
him from the dead. And even though you were dead in your
transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he
nevertheless made you alive with him, having forgiven all your
transgressions.
Colossians 2:12-13

Conclusion

The Battle of Blue Licks, Kentucky
The Battle of Blue Licks was the last major battle of the
American Revolution.
It was fought on Aug. 19, 1782, almost 10 months after the
British had surrendered at Yorktown, Va.
72 people died!
The war was OVER – Peace had been agreed upon, a cease
fire was ordered – but the news hadn’t yet made it to
Kentucky.
I’m here to announce the WAR with God is over.
There is no need to oppose Him!
Come to the water and Accept His instrument of surrender

BAPTISM

 

WRAP UP

‘ Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the
things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. ‘
-Colossians 3:1

We’ve celebrated new life in Christ today. And in just a few weeks
we’ll gather together for Easter Weekend at Oasis — Good Friday
remembering Jesus’ death and Easter Sunday celebrating his
resurrection and that he is alive! Plan to come and bring your
family — you don’t need tickets or a formal RSVP, just come! More
details at easteratoasis.com.

Small Group Leader Meeting happening following church on
Sunday and

Men’s prayer breakfast at the property on the following
Saturday