by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 7 and 8 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 7: Free to Be What?
Series: For People On The Grow
Stuart Briscoe
Colossians 2:16-23

The Colossian Christians were being troubled by people who were confusing them and hindering their spiritual progress. Paul spoke forcibly to the issue, and in so doing, he reminds us that we should be on our guard against those who would be less than helpful to our spiritual lives.

I. Bondage that Should Be Avoided.

A. The bondage of legalism.
1. "What you must not do." v. 16a
a. Prohibitions on eating and drinking.

2. "What you must do." v. 16b
a. Meticulous observance, annually, monthly, weekly.

3. Paul's rebuttal - "Don't let them judge you." v. 17
a. Because they confuse shadow and substance.
b. Because they substitute ritual for reality.

B. The bondage of elitism.
1. Elitist attitudes - "Delights in false humility." v. 18a

2. Elitist activities - "Worship of angels." v. 18b

3. Elitist claims - "What he has seen." v. 18c; cf. 2 Corinthians 12:4

4. Paul's rebuttal - "Don't let them disqualify you." vv. 18, 19
a. Because they are not spiritual people.
b. Because they are arrogant and empty.
c. Because they lost contact with the Head.


Part 8: On Wings Like Eagles
Series: For People On The Grow
Stuart Briscoe
Colossians 3:1-10

Having reminded the Colossians about the things they believe, Paul now turns his attention to how they should behave. Christians recognize that because belief and behavior are inextricably bound up in each other, any erosion of belief will lead inevitably to a deterioration in behavior.

I. Set Your Hearts on Things Above. v. 1

A. The truth is stated.
1. Christ at God's right hand. See Psalm 110:1
2. Christ in whom authority resides.
3. Christ through whom audience is granted.

B. The truth is applied.
1. You have been raised with Christ.
2. Heaven is home; earth is temporary residence.
3. Eternity is reality; time is transient.

C. The truth is obeyed.
1. Set your hearts on things above.
2. Guard your affections.
3. Guide your affections.
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