Proclaiming Jesus as Paul Did

by Lee Buford on June 6, 2010

Today’s sermon at Renewal Church was a challenging and convicting message on the proclamation of Christ in our daily lives.

Teaching from Colossians 1:28-29, Pastor Toby Dix dug into the passion and consistency with which Paul proclaimed Jesus at every opportunity.

28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
– Colossians 1:28-29- ESV

He used a great analogy to our passion for sports and our favorite teams, noting that we so often rave about a team with much more passion than we rave about our Lord and Savior. We are well-versed in records, statistics, and favorite players because we spend our time in the pursuit of such things.

But what if we were as committed to knowing Jesus? What if our desire was to seek and model him? What if we wanted everyone to know just how much we loved Him?

Paul’s desire was that all believers would mature in their faith…growing not only in the area of knowledge, but also in the area of obedience. He was committed to proclaiming Jesus to everybody…all the time.

In his preaching Paul proclaimed Jesus as: Savior, Beloved of the Father, Head of the Church, Firstborn from the dead, Preeminent One, Peacemaker, Reconciler, Head of principalities and powers, Seated in Heaven, and Master. To those in Paul’s presence there could be no question as to Whom his allegiance was tied.

To whom do you proclaim allegiance on a daily basis? Would those with whom you encounter know you are a follower of Jesus? Would they “have to know more about this Jesus you speak of” based on your words and actions?


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