Living With a Warfare Mentality, Part 2 | Dr. Stephen Conley
Raintree Community Church
by Stephen Conley
1w ago
Text: Colossians 3:7-11   We Must Cast Off the Sins of the Old Life (3:7-9) Christ calls us to turn from our former life of sin and never look back. Christ equips us to comprehensively target all forms of ungodly behavior and put them to death.   We Must Put On the Identity of the New Life in Christ (3:10-11) The new life in Christ has replaced the old life of sin. The new life in Christ is created in us through Christ. The new life in Christ gives us a new identity ..read more
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Hold the Ropes | Dr. Joshua Paxton
Raintree Community Church
by Stephen Conley
1w ago
Missions Focus Sunday Dr. Joshua Paxton preached to us from 3 John 5-8, which called us to send missionaries out in a manner worthy of God so that we may be fellow workers in the Truth. He taught us how we can “hold the rope” with missionaries through meaningful involvement in training, sending, and supporting.  (Dr. Paxton is the Director of the Burnham Center for Global Engagement and Professor of Intercultural Studies at Calvary University ..read more
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Living With a Warfare Mentality, Part 1 | Dr. Stephen Conley
Raintree Community Church
by Stephen Conley
2w ago
Text: Colossians 3:5-6   God’s Grace Empowers Us to Make War on Sin (3:5) Because we are raised with Christ, we are empowered to put our sin to death. Because we are raised with Christ, we must no longer worship our desires.   God’s Wrath Sobers Us to Think Rightly About Our Sin (3:6) For sinners outside of Christ, the wrath of God will be coming upon them; therefore, we need to take sin seriously. For sinners saved by Christ, the wrath of God has been satisfied in Christ; therefore, we can rest in His sufficient work (1 John 2:1-2 ..read more
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Living With a Christ-centered Focus | Dr. Stephen Conley
Raintree Community Church
by Stephen Conley
3w ago
Text: Colossians 3:1-4   We Must Earnestly Prioritize Christ and His Kingdom (3:1-2) Because we have been raised to life in Christ, He is our chief consideration in all things. We value Christ and His eternal kingdom over the things of earth.   We Must Purposefully Embrace Our Identity in Christ and His Kingdom (3:3-4) In Christ, we have died to ourselves and have been raised to a new identity in Him. In Christ, our life is complete and secure for all eternity in His Kingdom ..read more
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Holding Fast to Christ's Sufficiency | Dr. Stephen Conley
Raintree Community Church
by Stephen Conley
1M ago
Text: Colossians 2:16-23   Consider the Insufficiency of Legalism (2:16-17) Following religious rules does not produce godliness; it can lead to self-righteousness and judgmentalism. Look to Christ as the substance of your faith!   Consider the Insufficiency of Mysticism (2:18-19) Worshipping angels and searching for visions will lead us away from the truth of the Gospel. Hold fast to Christ, the fountain head of all wisdom and fulfillment!   Consider the Insufficiency of Asceticism (2:20-23) Self-made religion and discipline for the sake of the flesh leads to enslavement b ..read more
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The Trustworthy Word of the Holy Spirit | Travis Thompson
Raintree Community Church
by Stephen Conley
1M ago
Travis Thompson preaches from 2 Peter 1:19-21 ..read more
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Complete in Christ | Dr. Stephen Conley
Raintree Community Church
by Stephen Conley
1M ago
Text: Colossians 2:6-10   We are Established in Christ (2:6-7) We look to Christ as our Lord and Savior in salvation. We are given new life in Christ through His work. We rest on Christ as our foundation with thanksgiving.   We are Steadfast in Christ (2:8) We must resist the lies of false teaching and cling to the Truth. These lies are deceptive, man-centered, and enslaving.   We are Fulfilled in Christ (2:9-10) We have a new life in Christ that is complete and lacks nothing, for it flows from Christ and His infinite fullness ..read more
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Treasuring Christ Together | Dr. Stephen Conley
Raintree Community Church
by Stephen Conley
2M ago
Text: Colossians 2:1-5   Treasuring Christ Leads to True Community (2:1-2a) We have mutual encouragement in Christ because our hearts have been united in love by Christ.   Treasuring Christ Leads to Understanding the Wisdom of Christ (2:2b-3) In Christ, we have access to the abundance of His sufficient wisdom and knowledge.   Treasuring Christ Leads to Steady Resistance to Error (2:4) Because we possess Christ’s wisdom, we are empowered to stand firm against persuasive, unbiblical teaching.   Treasuring Christ Leads to Enduring Faith in Christ (2:5) We possess a last ..read more
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A Christlike View of Ministry, Part 2 | Dr. Stephen Conley
Raintree Community Church
by Stephen Conley
2M ago
Text: Colossians 1:28-29   Proclaim Christ’s Message Exclusively (1:28) The content and substance of our message is Christ alone. When Christ is proclaimed, the church will be warned of error and taught in wisdom. When Christ is proclaimed, the church will grow to maturity in Christ.   Depend on Christ’s Strength Fully (1:29) We work for the sake of Christ through the power of Christ. The power of Christ works mightily in us as we suffer for Christ, steward the Gospel, and proclaim His message ..read more
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Romans 8:1 | Jeff Fitzgerald
Raintree Community Church
by Stephen Conley
2M ago
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