“Seek the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

One of the ways that we seek the things that are above is to remember that we are united with Christ in his ascension to heaven. Because Jesus continuously intercedes for us, we are welcome in the throne room of God. Listen to last Sunday’s message on our current series page as we continue to be shaped by Colossians 3.1-17.

How do we get to the throne room right now? Through prayer.

Jesus did it as a crucial part of his rhythm of life.

When we don’t know what to pray, Scripture gives us the words, and even sitting in silence has transformative power.

And prayer has the ability to show us God’s goodness in the here and now, even in the smallest of ways. Read more in “That Time Prayer Actually Worked.”

“So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above.”

We’re continuing our look at the ways in which we are united with Christ our Saviour based on Colossians 3.1-17. Last week it was his death, this week it is his resurrection to a new life. You can listen to the message on our current series site.

Have you ever thought about what it looks like to live this new life with Christ? Should we– and others– be able to tell? Explore “Can I get a Witness: Living a Life that Reveals the Truth.”

Looking for some simple tips on living this new life? J.A. Medders offers some on his blog. The first one is: STOP LOOKING FOR HOT TIPS! It’s worth the short read and offers good advice on where to go from here.

Finally, here are a couple of book reviews relating the Christian life with the marks (aka fruit) of God’s presence and new life in Christ.
An Infinite Journey: Growing toward Christlikeness by Andrew M. Davis, reviewed by Tim Challies.
Fruit at Work: Mixing Christian Virtues with Business by Christ Evans, reviewed by Laura Boggess.

“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

We at Christ Community Church are continuing our series on being united with Christ through a study of Colossians 3.1-17. Most recently, we considered the ways in which God unites us with Jesus by way of deaths: natural death, through confession and repentance (a death of a particular habit or lifestyle), through daily choices, and in God’s sight. You can listen to the message from Pastor Chelsey on our current series page.

In the message, Pastor Chelsey used Lewis Smedes’ analogy of citizenship to help us understand the rule of sin and how Jesus rescues us from it. We were encouraged to see ourselves as ‘dead’ to sin and alive in Christ. What does such a switch in citizenship look like? Greg outlines five differences.

What are some of the things keeping us from putting to death the parts of us that don’t belong? Richard explores this question as part of understanding the first step we take in partnering in God’s transformation of ourselves.

And in a culture of blame-shifting, how do we take the necessary steps of identifying the old self within in order to put it to death?

It’s Resolution Time

January is the time of year that online dating sites, diet pills and exercise regimes see a significant uptick in interest. As people around the world think of ways they want to improve themselves, we at Christ Community Church are seeking to understand something much more important: God changing us.

Slide1You can join us by listening to the messages on our current series page and checking out those labeled “Colossians 3.1-17.”

You can think more about what spiritual formation means at the Apprentice Institute’s blog, part 5 is particularly good!

Much of my frustration in growing as a Christian is because sanctification isn’t exactly like my job. Yes, my effort does affect my growth but I can’t simply produce the desired outcome from my performance alone. I’m learning that while I certainly play a part in my maturity I can’t just will it through hard work.

-Dustin Crowe

Read more about the 8 characteristics Dustin has identified as signs of God’s work in him, changing the way he lives.