Throughout this summer series (and really every sermon series) I will often point out passages that devoted believers interpret differently and areas of our faith that folks who are steadfastly evangelical have different opinions about. I will often sum up my thoughts on such topics with the phrase “it’s not a hill that I’m going to die on.” What does that even mean, and why do I say it?
The phrase itself is very old and as you can imagine there are different theories as to its’ origin. It’s meaning is military in nature. Back when wars where primarily won by gaining the high ground on the battlefield, generals would identify the most vital hills that their soldiers needed to defend. Although every hill was important, some were not so important they were worth losing the lives of solders. These were not the “hills to die on.”
Now we use the phrase to describe issues that are important to us but aren’t so important that we are willing to fight over them. Theologically speaking, a “hill to die on” is a doctrine or area of theology that is so important to us that we would never recant it or compromise on it, even if it meant death. Tragically, many people have suffered martyrdom for just such strongly held beliefs.
I probably use the phrase a bit too flippantly, given the historical and theological context to it. So why do I mention all of this? Well, this Sunday we are going to look at Colossians 1:15-20, which is very much a theological hill that I will defend no matter what the cost. The truth that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man is the foundational truth of the Gospel.
There is great confusion in the world as to who exactly Jesus is and there are a whole host of false beliefs and doctrines that people hold about Him. We are going to explore those distorted views of Jesus and look at Paul’s great defense of the supremacy of Jesus. If you have a friend or a loved one who has expressed doubts or confusion about who Jesus is and why trusting in Him as our Savior is so important, please invite them to join you at Ebenezer on Sunday.
Here’s what’s happening:
1. Ministry Council meets on Monday, 8/26 at the church at 6:30 pm.
2. New library additions: “Breakthrough” – A Christian drama film that is inspired by a true story of a young man’s recovery from being trapped under an icy lake.
“Unplanned” – A Christian drama film that is inspired by a true story of a young woman whose life experience causes her to change her views on the sanctity of life.
“Finding the Bright Side” – A book by former Fox News anchor Shannon Bream about the lessons she has learned about faith from her experiences from the other side of the TV screen.
3. Sunday 9/8 begins a new year of Sunday School. We have three different classes that meet at 9 am at the church. Please consider joining one for the new year, I know you will be welcome!
4. A private graveside service is being held this Friday morning for Burnie Lausch. Please be in prayer for the family as they remember Burnie.
Hope to see you on Sunday,