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A Heavenly Perspective (10 of 15)
The Book of Colossians
1. In the first two chapters, Paul discusses many important
doctrinal issues, warning the Colossians and the Laodiceans of the dangers of worldly philosophy and religion: Col. 2:8, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
2. In our lesson this evening, we turn our attention to the
practical side of life--living out our Christian faith.
a. This is important, don't miss it: If all you have in your
Christian life is a biblical understanding of doctrine, and you have never applied it to daily living, it is of little value.
b. It's kind of like the man who had a million dollars in
the bank. He was rich--the money drew interest, but he refused to ever spend any of it. I ask you, of what value was all his money to him?
c. What we believe about Bible doctrine should change
1) If we believe in the deity of Christ, that He is God,
then He ought to rule Supreme in our lives: Col.
1:10, "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God."
2) If we believe that we are saved and secure in Him,
then we ought to trust Him by faith--never doubting: Col. 2:7, "Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."
3) If we believe that God is love--the very essence of
love, then it should show up in our lives. Paul wrote of the Colossians in (1:3,4), "We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,  Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints."
3. What am I saying? I am saying that what you and I
believe about the Bible and all its teachings, ought t ...
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