A New Attitude by Rick Ferguson



LIVING LIFE TO ITS FULLEST
A STUDY IN COLOSSIANS

SERMON #10 A NEW ATTITUDE
COLOSSIANS 2:9-23

One of the most famous of all American quotes is one which comes

from the lips of Patrick Henry, the great Revolutionary War hero
who said,
"Give me liberty or give me death."

Those words are immortal words and they have become a basic
bedrock, foundational principle upon which our society is built.
We
Americans place a tremendously high value on freedom and
liberty.
AND
I think all of us would certainly agree that no man can live
life to its
fullest unless he is free. Living life to its fullest means
experiencing true
freedom, true liberty, true autonomy.

I have been preaching through the book of Colossians. Here in
this
power packed book of the New Testament lies the keys to living
life to its
fullest. We have discovered here, that to live life to its
fullest one must be
in Christ. And it is only in Christ that you can really
experience full life.

Tonight you will see that one of the reasons you can enjoy life
to its
fullest only in Christ, is because only in Christ can you
experience true
liberty or freedom.

I want us to read Col. 2:9-23 and listen carefully as the Bible
declares
to be that "In Christ" we have "A New Autonomy"

TEXT COL 2:9-23

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Let me remind you that the reason the Apostle Paul wrote this
letter
that has become our book of Colossians in the New Testament was
because
he had heard that the believers in Colossae were facing the
dangerous
deadly threat of false teaching. The false teaching apparently
was a rare
mixture of the occult, eastern mysticism and strict legalism.

The false teachers were saying that Christ alone was not
sufficient for
salvation. To experience true complete, salvation one needed
Christ plus
mystical experiences, mystical knowledge, and disciplined
regimented
adherence to legal traditions. They taught that circumcision
and regulated
observances of certain festivals and feasts were a necessary
part of
salvation.

Let me hasten to say here that there is possibly no greater
threat to the
life and liberty you have in Christ, than the constant threat of
legalism.

Legalism chokes the very life ...


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