The Mystery (3 of 9) by Jeff Strite

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The Mystery (3 of 9)
Series: Jesus Is Lord
Jeff Strite
Colossians 1:21-29

OPEN: One of the greatest scientists of our time was Albert Einstein. He was a man who was so focused on his scientific theories. He was so focused, he often neglected even the simplest things of life, such as personal appearance (as evidenced by his hair). One time, Albert Einstein was taking a train out of town for a speaking engagement. As he sat in his seat engrossed in his work, the conductor stopped by to punch his ticket. Looking up in shock, Einstein realized he didn't know what he had done with his ticket. Frantically, he began to search his coat pockets, and then his briefcase.Gently, the conductor said, ''We all know who you are, Dr. Einstein. I'm sure you bought ticket. Don't worry about it.''But, as the conductor moved along, he looked back to see Einstein on his hands and knees searching under the seats for his ticket. The conductor walked back, ''Dr. Einstein, please, don't worry about it. I know who you are.''Exasperated, Einstein looked up and said, ''I, too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going.''

APPLY: The Christians at Colossae had gotten to the point that they weren't sure where they were going either.
Somebody had begun to convince them that they weren't going to heaven like they tho't.
Somebody had slipped into their midst and begun to tell them they weren't acceptable to God
Somebody was confusing them so much that they weren't even sure what was expected of them anymore
They had gotten to the point where they not only didn't know where they were going…
They weren't even sure WHO they were.

I. To understand what was going on here, it helps to realize that back in the days of this letter - behind the scenes - there was a spiritual battle taking place
You see, the congregation at Colossae was composed of Gentile believers. A Gentile was anyone who was not of Jewish descent. (I asked the audience how many of them had ''Jewish blood'' in ...


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