Christian Life Works (1 Of 18) by Jerry Vines

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Christian Life Works
Colossians 1:1-5a
Jerry Vines
LifeWorks #1

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Jesus claimed to be life. He also
said, “I am come that you and I might have life and that we might have it more
abundantly.” Jesus said, “If you really want to experience life and know how life works,
then you come to me and receive that kind of life.”
This message is being challenged in our day. There are some who are saying that
Jesus is A life, but is not THE life. There are some who say that the Christian life is one
way to live, but it is not the ONLY way to live. They say there are many approaches to
God, many different ways to get to God, Jesus Christ is not the only way--he is just A
You are hearing several words today you may not have heard before. One of them
is the word, pluralism. In one way pluralism is a good word in that there is room for
diversity in our land. But as it is being used today, pluralism is the idea that all religions
are equally true. That it really doesn’t matter what you believe just as long as you are
sincere about it. That your religion is just as valid and good as any other person’s religion.
Another word you are going to hear a lot about today is the word, syncretism.
That word simply means that you and I can manufacture our own religion. That you can
take a little from this religion, take a little from that religion, find something you like in
another religion, and put them all together. Syncretism. A little of this and a little of that.
It is really a fancy word for hash.
You are hearing a lot today about pluralism and syncretism. Actually, this is not
something that is new. It is something that goes all the way back to New Testament
times. In the little fading town of Colosse, there were those who were basically saying the
same things you and I are hearing said in the 20th Century culture in which we live.
Coloss ...

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