by Fenton Moorhead

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PART I - SIMPLICITY, August 20, 1995

By Pastor Fenton Moorhead

... begin a new series today dealing with the core values of our church, asking the question, What Is Important, what is most important? Why do we do things the way we do? What is it based upon? What is our passion for what is important in being the church of Jesus Christ?
We have an acrostic, and on some Sundays we'll deal with one point, and on some Sundays we'll deal with several. This morning we begin with "S" for Simplicity. And the scripture tells us in 2nd Corinthians 11:3, "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through is subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."
The warning is obvious, we can be moved from the simplicity of Christ, to something that is not clear, that is not easily understood, to something that has more to do with appearances than reality. And so, the Apostle warns, and he says, "Remember the simplicity that is in Christ. Don't let your mind be corrupted from that into something else."
You see, there were people that would follow the apostle Paul around, and where he would do the hard work of beginning a church, and the gospel would blossom in the hearts of people, and they would understand the grace of God, the simplicity there is in Christ, in the pure gospel. Folks would follow Him around, and then they would come in and say, "Well, you not only need Christ and the gospel, but you also need to follow all the dietary requirements in the old covenant." And they would bring the old covenant back, and make it binding on the people. Instead of baptism, they still wanted all the men to be circumcised, which was the sign of the old covenant.
And so they didn't truly understand, and they actually believed that in order to be a follower of Christ you had to become a Jew, and follow all the old Jewish traditions. The ap ...

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