by Roger Thomas

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Colossians: The Secret of True Spirituality (14 of 29)
Series: Through the New Testament
Roger Thomas
Colossians 1:27-2:8

Introduction: Janet loves the Lord. She is active in her church. She works hard at trying to do what's right. But she still struggles. She wonders if she is doing everything she should. One day two young men dressed in white shirts and riding bicycles knock on her door to offer some free religious literature. They tell her that their books and classes will provide answer sto all the questions she has. Their church knows the secret that no other religious group knows. Janet is curious. She wants to know the secret.

John also sometimes wonders if there isn't something missing. In fact, even his Sunday School class at his church has had several debates recently along those lines. Some in the class have recently discovered the writings of a popular Bible teacher who promotes fasting and a special kind of prayer as spiritual warfare. They insist that these practices are the secret to spiritual victory.

Some of Susie's friends have also discovered the secret. They just returned from a popular religious conference. For three days, they laughed. They cried. They were exposed to new forms of worship. The nationally known conference speaker addressed the causes of conflict in families and youth. Susie's friends said it was all so much more practical than the plain old Bible lessons they were accustomed to. Had they discovered the secret?

Bill is a young Christian who still struggles with some of his old temptations. He began to wonder if he would ever be free of the old yearnings. Then a girl he met in his psych class invited him to a Bible study. Before the evening was over, the whole group was praying that Bill would be "baptized with the Holy Spirit." When that happens, they assured him, he would speak in tongues and all his spiritual struggles would be over. Could that be the secret?

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