"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2

Colossians 3:1-3

Elder Jonathan Cook then presented another powerful sermon using Colossians 3:1-3 as his primary text, with additional scriptural support from 1st John 2:15-17, Psalm 119:33-37, 1st Chronicles 22:19, Matthew 6:19-21, 11:29, and 22:36-40, Luke 9:23, 1st Peter 5:1, Romans 8:5-14, and various other texts. Elder Cook began by declaring that the primary text is clearly addressed conditionally and specifically to the born again child of God and it is Christ that has made us alive and killed us to the things of this world. He also instructed that we ought to be seeking things above, where the risen and living Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father. Next Elder Cook challenged us to look at our own lives to see what we have placed our affections on – – whether our affections are focused on the things of this world or things above and, more specifically, are our affections focused on Christ such that Jesus is the most precious thing in our lives? He further encouraged us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, trusting God to watch over the challenges, outcomes, and consequences of this life. Elder Cook then warned that scripture teaches that we should not love the world for all that is in it (the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life) is not of God – – and as such it not only takes our focus away from God, but also leads us into sin – – and we need to stay away from it! Elder Cook also taught that there are at least three things that we can do daily to help keep our focus on God; mind the things of God, read the Word of God daily, and have the soul fed. He further emphasized that we need to be in prayer, in the Bible, and take up our cross every day and to grow and become strong in faith transitioning from the milk of the Word to the meat of the Word so that our souls are fed. Lastly, Elder Cook emphasized that our two natures (i.e., our flesh and the indwelling Holy Spirit) are in a constant battle and we need to be spiritually minded so that we will have life and peace as we live now, and eternal life made sure by Christ.

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