Message: “The Church Unbeatable” – Christian Gaffney

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

If you missed the message on Sunday, click here to watch or listen 

water cooler conversation: 

  • What superhero do you consider unbeatable, as in, he’d defeat any of the villains or other superheroes? 

  • What’s something in your life for which you’ve fought really hard?

did you know…

  • Colossae was located in the Roman province of Asia Minor, about 120 miles south of Ephesus, in today’s southwestern Turkey.

  • It was a large and prosperous city located along one of the most important trade routes of early times. When the trade route changed, it lost its importance, being replaced by Laodicea, and in the twelfth century it fell to the Turks who ultimately destroyed the city and laid it waste.  

  • The church at Colossae was established on Paul’s third missionary journey, not by Paul himself, but by the evangelist Epaphrus. 

  • Believers were at risk not because of persecution, but because of corrupt doctrine and heresy that had begun to creep into the church. Particularly dangerous was the denial of Christ’s sufficiency and the devaluation of His death on the cross.  

  • Paul writes this letter while on house arrest, likely chained to a Roman guard 24 hours a day. This was not uncommon in Paul’s time as Romans did not have prisons in the style we think of today. Wealthy citizens accused of a crime were generally kept under house arrest as long as they behaved, until their trial could take place.

dig deeper:


unpack the message: 

  • In Colossians 2:2, Paul refers to “God's mystery, which is Christ.” How would this have impacted the Colossian believers who were being influenced by heretical doctrine that denied the deity of Jesus?

  • In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter warns us, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Knowing the devil doesn’t take a break, how does this shape the way we approach our prayer life? 

  • F. F. Bruce once said, "The revelation of God cannot be properly known apart from the cultivation of brotherly love within the community." How does that statement related to the idea that everyone is going through something? As believers, how should it shape our interactions with difficult individuals?

  • In our season here at George Mason, God has allowed us the opportunity to strengthen our faith and relationships in ways we’ve never before seen in the history of our church. In what ways are you making the most of this opportunity? 

make a move:

Choose an action step based on what you’ve learned this week.

  • Be intentional in your relationships this week. Think about who you keep meaning to make plans with but it never seems to happen. Make definitive plans with them this week.

  • Choose either a verse(s) from last Sunday’s text (Colossians 2:1-5) or a passage from the Dig Deeper section of this study and memorize it. Set it as a reminder in your phone to bring it to your mind throughout the day. 

  • Choose either a verse from last Sunday’s text (Colossians 2:1-5) or a passage from the Dig Deeper section of this study, and use the SOAP Method to unpack all its truth.

  • Think about your role at Expectation during this dynamic season of opportunity. What tangible ways are you engaging with your fellow church members? How are you serving during this season? Who are you encouraging and building up as we prepare to move into our new building on Braddock? If your answer to any of those questions is “none,” “not at all,” or “no one,” decide to engage and get involved however the Lord is leading you.

prayer prompts:

  • This week, set aside time to structure your prayer life. Think about who in your life is struggling, and be intentional in praying for them, even if you’re not comfortable telling them about it. Set aside a specific time every day, even if it’s just for a minute, and focus on praying for that individual.

worship set:

Who You Say I Am- Hillsong Worship

King of My Heart- Steffany Gretzinger/Bethel Music

Reckless Love– Corey Asbury/Bethel Music

Pastor Christian Gaffney “The Church Unbeatable”

Pastor Christian Gaffney “The Church Unbeatable”