Colossians Radio Broadcasts


Seek the Things Above: Colossians 3:1
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, March 27, 2017
Paul admonishes us using imperatives about what to seek and how to think. True faith in Christ will never make us useless in the lives we live on the earth seeking Him and thinking with renewed minds.
MP3 (duration 00:29:10)

Self Imposed Piety: Colossians 2:23
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, March 20, 2017
Every culture has its own version of wisdom that is expressed in aphorisms. The error of the false teachers in Colossae was man-made wisdom that produces their own version of piety. Self-chosen piety was grounded in severe restrictions...
MP3 (duration 00:35:39)

Do Not Submit to the Traditions of Men: Colossians 2:21-22
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, March 13, 2017
The dogma that was wrongly placed on the Colossians came from human traditions and evil spirits. These were strict laws that God never gave. They create a false sense of piety while leading people away from Christ.
MP3 (duration 00:33:29)

Died With Christ to the Hostile Powers: Colossians 2:20
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, March 6, 2017
We continue to study Paul's warnings about false teachers who wanted to make plunder of the Colossian Christians. This passage assumes that we have died with Christ and are therefore out of the control of the hostile, spiritual powers.
MP3 (duration 00:39:12)

The Danger of Fleshly Piety: Colossians 2:18-19
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, February 27, 2017
We continue our discussion of Paul's warnings about the pernicious influence of folk religions in Asia Minor on the church. People had embraced the second stage of initiation into a visionary experience that claimed to give them special status...
MP3 (duration 00:31:38)

Let No One Disqualify You: Colossians 2:18
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, February 20, 2017
False teachers wanted to disqualify ordinary Christians based on experiences and rules that were unique to those teachers. These supposed enlightened ones were telling Christians in Colossae that though they knew Christ, they lacked access to secrets...
MP3 (duration 00:35:05)

True Sabbath Rest in Christ: Colossians 2:17
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, February 13, 2017
We see that even under the old covenant, God rebuked religious formalism We have no required holy days under the new covenant. There are important implications to the fact that Paul warned us to not allow ourselves to be judged by Sabbath laws.
MP3 (duration 00:29:54)

Do Not Be Falsely Judged: Colossians 2:16
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, February 6, 2017
Paul issues a command to the church to not allow anyone to judge us in regard to religious matters to which Christ has not bound us. The man-made laws came from the hostile, spiritual powers. Law-givers portray themselves as pious...
MP3 (duration 00:33:24)

Victory In Christ: Colossians 2:15b
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, January 30, 2017
Paul uses the image of a Roman triumphal procession to illustrate what Christ did to the defeated, hostile powers. He put them to open shame. His point is that we have victory over the spiritual forces of darkness in Christ...
MP3 (duration 00:33:20)

Hostile Beings Stripped of Power: Colossians 2:15a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, January 23, 2017
Satan attacks us by using the fact of our own sin to accuse us. But if we are in Christ, his attacks are powerless. The hostile powers were disarmed by the cross. Many Christians falsely believe that they can learn to manipulate the spirit world...
MP3 (duration 00:32:37)

God Wipes Out Legal Debt: Colossians 2:14
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, January 16, 2017
Paul uses legal terms to describe the blotting out of a legal record. We were condemned by our own sin that transgressed God's law. All of this is about what God does for us, not what we think we will do for God...
MP3 (duration 00:33:05)

God Makes Dead Sinners Alive: Colossians 2:13
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, November 21, 2016
Christ took those who were dead in sin and made them alive. We were spiritually dead and unable to do anything that would make ourselves alive. God made us alive by grace alone through faith alone. We discuss the innate offense of the cross...
MP3 (duration 00:35:20)

Implications of Christian Baptism: Colossians 2:12
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, November 14, 2016
In church history some people have linked Colossians 2:11, 12 to infant baptism and claimed that infant baptism is the new circumcision. This ignores the key fact that Col. 2:11 is not about physical circumcision, but about the circumcision of the heart.
MP3 (duration 00:31:25)

The Circumcision of Christ: Colossians 2:11
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, November 7, 2016
False teachers try to convince Christians that their faith is deficient. The truths of the gospel, however, are always relevant and important. Our passage speaks of a circumcision made without hands...
MP3 (duration 00:33:44)

Christians Have Been Filled: Colossians 2:10
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, June 27, 2016
We begin by discussing why 'feeling close to God' is not what the Bible means by 'devotion.' We know Christ's presence is true because He said He would be with us as recorded in Matthew 28:20. This is true whatever we might feel like...
MP3 (duration 00:32:52)

The Fullness of Christ: Colossians 2:9
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, June 20, 2016
This passage points us again to the sufficiency of Christ. We discuss how popular devotional books cause many to depart from that sufficiency. Many use their imaginations to visualize an optimal future rather than depend on Christ alone.
MP3 (duration 00:35:51)

Listen to Christ, Not Human Tradition: Colossians 2:8b
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, May 9, 2016
Paul tells us that human tradition is not a valid source for Christian teaching. We address the idea that anything found in church history is thereby valid as a spiritual teaching or practice. However, the New Testament specifically addresses traditions.
MP3 (duration 00:28:21)

Do Not Be Taken Captive: Colossians 2:8a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, May 2, 2016
Paul issues an imperative for all Christians to see that no one carries them away as captives. False teaching is parasitical to the true faith. Paul warns of what he calls "the philosophy" that threatened the integrity of the Colossian church.
MP3 (duration 00:36:08)

Walking in Christ and Avoiding Pietism: Colossians 2:6,7
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, April 25, 2016
Since the reception of Christ meant freedom in Christ, it also implies living a Christ-centered life according to the freedom He gives. Evangelical Christianity has been harmfully influenced by pietistic, second blessing doctrines for over a hundred yrs.
MP3 (duration 00:34:25)

Avoiding Plausible but False Reasoning: Colossians 2:4,5
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, April 18, 2016
False teachers make arguments that seem reasonable but are not compatible with the doctrine of Christ. Any deviation from the biblical doctrine of Christ is an attack against the gospel. Paul tells us not to allow fine sounding arguments to deceive us.
MP3 (duration 00:34:05)

True Wisdom and Knowledge: Colossians 2:3
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, February 29, 2016
The pagan religions in Colossae offered special access to secret, spiritual information. Paul's claim is that the Colossian Christians had everything they needed in Christ. The false teachers claimed wisdom and knowledge from secret sources...
MP3 (duration 00:30:20)

Christ Alone Is God's Mystery: Colossians 2:2b
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, February 22, 2016
In Christ we have all that we need to understand God's revealed truth. God spoke words through His authoritative spokespersons which have a specific and binding meaning. The mystery of which Paul speaks is revealed by God in Christ.
MP3 (duration 00:35:54)

Encouraged in Love and Sound Doctrine: Colossians 2:1-2a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, February 15, 2016
Paul cared deeply about the spiritual well-being of the flock, even those he had never met. There is no excuse for Christian leaders to have a lax attitude toward what sort of teaching is given to the Lord's flock. It takes diligence to properly care...
MP3 (duration 00:34:22)

Doing the Hard Work of Teaching God's Word: Colossians 1:29
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, February 8, 2016
God uses gospel preaching to powerfully work in the church. Rather than do the hard work of which Paul speaks, many opt for programs grounded in human wisdom. We discuss the nature of the hard work that goes into preaching the whole counsel of God.
MP3 (duration 00:32:45)

Completeness is for All Christians: Colossians 1:28b
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, February 1, 2016
What Paul teaches in regard to sanctification is for "every man," not just certain elite ones. Paul teaches the wisdom of God to all members of the church while the false teachers had an esoteric "wisdom" for certain enlightened ones...
MP3 (duration 00:33:15)

Proclaiming Christ to the Church: Colossians 1:28a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, January 25, 2016
The term "proclaim" from the Greek in this verse is a technical term used by Paul for gospel preaching. He taught Christ to the church knowing that God would use that to bring them to maturity. We are to place the truths of the gospel before the minds...
MP3 (duration 00:31:56)

Christ, The Holy Spirit, and Glory: Colossians 1:27
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, December 7, 2015
Until we are willing to come to God on His terms, we fail to appreciate the true significance of the gospel. This relates to the doctrine of election as shown in many passages such as John 6:44...
MP3 (duration 00:31:17)

The True Mystery Made Manifest: Colossians 1:26
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, November 30, 2015
The term "mystery" in the NT does not mean a secret known to only a few insiders, but something that was previously unknown but is now revealed by God's apostles and prophets. The wall that separated Jews and Gentiles has been torn down (Ephesians 2:14).
MP3 (duration 00:34:10)

A Stewardship of God's Word: Colossians 1:25
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, November 23, 2015
Paul claims that fullness is found in Christ and not the pagan religions of Asia Minor. Gospel preaching is how God fulfills His purposes for the benefit of the church. Paul mentions his stewardship which is carried out through the ministry of God's word.
MP3 (duration 00:30:38)

Suffering and Reversal: Colossians 1:24
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, November 16, 2015
In this key passage, Paul describes his sufferings on behalf of the church. At the time of Paul's conversion, he was told that he "must" suffer for the sake of Christ's name (Acts 9:16). If we work faithfully for the Lord, He will reward us...
MP3 (duration 00:31:54)

Warning and Perseverance: Colossians 1:23
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, November 9, 2015
This passage begins with a first class conditional ("if as is the case") that does not express doubt but assumes that perseverance to be true. We discuss how valid warnings are means that God uses to keep the saints from apostasy.
MP3 (duration 00:34:00)

Reconciled, Holy and Blameless: Colossians 1:22
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, November 2, 2015
This passage describes important truths about conversion and its results. We show how great God's word of grace through the gospel really is. God takes the initiative in our comprehensive reconciliation to Himself...
MP3 (duration 00:31:46)

Hostile to God: Colossians 1:21
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, October 26, 2015
We discuss what Paul means when he says that we were formerly alienated and examine the Biblical truth about the sin nature and universal alienation. Since what the Bible says about God as the Creator who sent His Son to die for sins is true...
MP3 (duration 00:30:17)

Reconciliation Through Christ: Colossians 1:20
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, October 19, 2015
This verse has been used in church history to teach the false doctrine called "ultimate reconciliation." We refute the idea that ultimately even Satan is saved while showing what the passage really means...
MP3 (duration 00:30:10)

Fullness is Found in Christ: Colossians 1:19
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, October 12, 2015
According to the Bible, God acts in salvation according to His good pleasure. We discuss the concept of "fullness" that Paul mentions in this verse. We warn about the dangers of the cosmic Christ who is not the true Christ of the Bible.
MP3 (duration 00:32:44)

Christ as the Beginning and Firstborn: Colossians 1:18b
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, October 5, 2015
Since cults often twist passages like this one to claim that Jesus was a created being, we show what the Scriptures mean when Christ is called "the beginning." Here Christ is declared to be the source of all things...
MP3 (duration 00:31:50)

Christ as the Head of the Body: Colossians 1:18a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, September 28, 2015
We continue to explore the doctrine of Christ from the Christ hymn in Colossians 1. Paul teaches that Christ is head of the church. One important implication of this is that we should never say to one who is part of Christs body, "I do not need you."
MP3 (duration 00:34:17)

Christ as Sustainor of the Universe: Colossians 1:17b
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Broadcast Monday, September 21, 2015
This broadcast is about Christ as the sustainer of the universe. The coherence of the universe is due to Christs continual work of sustaining all things. We warn against the Eastern idea of meditation that shuts down the mind to gain supposed awareness of ones own deity. We point out the utter absurdity of pagan worship.
MP3 (duration 00:34:13)

Christ's Temporal Priority to All Things: Colossians 1:17a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, September 14, 2015
We urge Christians to learn important aspects of the doctrine of Christ even though they are somewhat technical. Paul expects all Christians to learn these matters. We urge our listeners to care deeply about the doctrine of Christ to avoid being deceived.
MP3 (duration 00:34:46)

Christ as Creator is Non-Contingent: Colossians 1:16b
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, September 7, 2015
We show that the unseen realm of the spirits is not a place where we want to go to directly to interact with them. We are mercifully put by God under human leadership. We discuss the meaning of Christ being eternal and non-contingent...
MP3 (duration 00:36:02)

Christ as the True Creator of Everything: Colossians 1:16a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, August 31, 2015
Christ is proclaimed as the Creator of everything. People in Colossae feared bad fate caused by hostile spiritual powers. Paul's doctrine of Christ as Creator was to comfort them. In our day, people are going to the creation itself for their spirituality.
MP3 (duration 00:32:50)

Christ as First-born Over All: Colossians 1:15b
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, August 24, 2015
Christ is not only the image of the invisible God, but the firstborn over all. This is about Christ's preeminence. We describe what this means and that it does not imply that Christ was created. He is the eternal Creator. "First-born" implies supremacy.
MP3 (duration 00:32:03)

The Supremacy of Christ as the Image of God: Colossians 1:15a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, August 17, 2015
The Colossians were tempted to integrate their belief in spiritual beings to be manipulated or placated by various means into their Christian faith. To counter this, Paul teaches the supremacy of Christ. We explore Christ being the image of God...
MP3 (duration 00:32:51)

Redemption and the Forgiveness of Sins: Colossians 1:14
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, August 10, 2015
We begin by showing how Messiah is proclaimed to be the Son of David and the Son of God. We also show that the need for redemption is universal and not dependent on humanly self-perceived need. We all face God's wrath against sin and need redemption...
MP3 (duration 00:33:47)

Rescued and Transferred, Part 2: Colossians 1:13
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, August 3, 2015
Colossians 1:13 says that we were transferred into the kingdom of God's beloved Son. God has rescued us from the authority of darkness. These are relational issues, not geographical ones. We reiterate the truth that the kingdom of God has no zip code.
MP3 (duration 00:32:50)

Rescued From Darkness: Colossians 1:13a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, July 27, 2015
Colossians 1:13, 14 describe four things that are true for all the regenerate: rescued, transferred, redeemed, and forgiven. We discuss the fact that God presents a series of either/or propositions and how Emergent/postmodern theology rejects them.
MP3 (duration 00:34:42)

Sharing An Eternal Inheritance: Colossians 1:12
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, July 20, 2015
God has supernaturally qualified wretched sinners to be part of His family and inherit eternal promises. People do not see the need for such an inheritance until they truly hear the internal call of the gospel. The external call is to turn...
MP3 (duration 00:32:35)

God's Power and Patient Joyfulness: Colossians 1:11
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, July 13, 2015
We address the false belief that those who study Christian theology are not likely to be devoted to prayer. The Bible shows that the opposite is true. That God is all powerful is a great reason for prayer to Him. Mystics abuse Psalm 46:10...
MP3 (duration 00:30:01)

True Wisdom From God: Colossians 1:9b-10
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, July 6, 2015
We discuss what God's wisdom is and how gain it. Included in the discussion is an explanation of the gifts of the Spirit called "word of wisdom" and "word of knowledge" in 1Corinthian 12. We show how these are usually misunderstood.
MP3 (duration 00:36:48)

Trusting Christ's Sufficiency: Colossians 1:9
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, June 29, 2015
False teachers always attack new congregations, seeing them as easy prey. What usually comes under attack is the sufficiency of Christ and the gospel. We discuss ways this happens today. We also discuss implications of believing Gods promises, not the superstitions of the pagan world around us.
MP3 (duration 00:34:27)

God Uses Ordinary Christians Colossians 1:7,8
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, June 22, 2015
That God used Epaphras to evangelize Colossae shows that God uses ordinary Christians to spread the gospel and minister to the church. We discuss the problem of pastors who ask people to leave the church if they raise a biblical issue that disagrees with the pastor. This shows a lack of concern for the body of Christ.
MP3 (duration 00:34:22)

Knowing the Grace of God in Truth: Colossians 1:6b
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, May 11, 2015
The gospel will always bear fruit when it is believed. We discuss the inner and outer call of the gospel. Many claim to hear from God beyond Scripture but they are in error. People are looking for an experience to make them feel closer to God...
MP3 (duration 00:31:59)

The Power of the Gospel: Colossians 1:6a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, May 4, 2015
The gospel Paul promotes includes God's definition of the human problem which is sin and alienation from God. The church growth movement either denies or obscures the true nature of our need. The parables were examples of the judgment of hardening...
MP3 (duration 00:34:00)

Eternal Hope Through the Gospel: Colossians 1:5b
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, April 27, 2015
Christianity teaches eternal hope in Christ. Those who despise that and think they can get all they want in the here and now are foolish. The truth of the gospel is about the forgiveness of sins, not the solving of the world's problems in this life.
MP3 (duration 00:34:57)

Faith, Hope, and Love: Colossians 1:3b-5a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, April 20, 2015
We discuss what it means to be "devoted to prayer." It does not mean to withdraw from society and possibly even Christian fellowship. Many make wrong excuses for avoiding Christian fellowship. We show that these excuses are not valid.
MP3 (duration 00:34:02)

True Christian Gratitude: Colossians 1:2-3a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, April 13, 2015
We begin with a discussion of Paul's Christian greeting, grace and peace. We discuss the fact that "peace" in the New Testament does not denote absence of conflict, but well-being in relationship to God. We show that grace and peace are gospel terms.
MP3 (duration 00:33:43)

Paul a True Apostle: Colossians 1:1-2a
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Eric Douma
Broadcast Monday, April 6, 2015
We discuss, by way of introduction, some key themes in Colossians. Included in the discussion is a definition of what it means to be an apostle. Those who claim to be apostles today fail the test. We explain what the biblical requirements are.
MP3 (duration 00:33:42)

 
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