Grace makes us powerful. It puts power into the hands of people in vulnerable situations, it teaches us how to fight effectively against the misuse of power without misusing power ourselves, it changes the legitimate use of power and authority into humble service. It turns out the grace of Jesus Christ is what is effective to change lives, relationships and whole systems of power. [Audio | Notes]
For further thought
Q: Write down what God gives the church in this passage and what Paul prays the response of the church to those gifts will be. What do you find unexpected in these gifts and responses?
Q: How can we grow in the way Paul describes in his prayer for the church?
Q: What does it mean that Jesus is the image of the invisible God but also the first born of creation (15 see also 17 & 18)?
Q: How does this description of Jesus explain the power of his death (20-22)? How can Jesus’ death reconcile: Our reality and our ideals? Natural and supernatural?
Q: What traditions, courses ideas do we do to seek spiritual satisfaction in that ask us to go beyond Jesus?
Colossians 3:5-17 | And let God work (talk outline)
Where is the ability to change located?