by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Stephen Whitney
Colossians 2:6-10

Charles Gordon was a famous English general who was known for his heroic bravery and masterful tactical skills in battle. He fought in the Crimean war (1850's) in and then later in China (1860's).

In 1868 he wrote a document called, ''My experiences showing
the order in which God revealed himself to me.'' He wrote:

1. Ever since I remember, I had a belief that Jesus was the Son
of God and used to have feelings of deep depression on account
of my faults at that time.

2. I knew Jesus to be my Savior, and had assurance but was not established for 10 years commencing at the Crimean War till 1864.

During those 10 years he fought in the Crimean war and then went off to fight in China as well. As a result of trusting God through those difficult times he became established in his faith.

Trials reveal if our faith is true or false and if it is strong or weak.
God wants us to grow strong in our faith so that when trials come or when our faith is challenged we stand firm.

Paul's purpose in writing letters to the churches was that the believers would grow in their faith so they would continue to
trust Christ no matter what happened in their lives.

We grow strong in our faith as we continue to trust Christ.
The Christian life is a lifelong journey, not a one time experience.
To grow strong you must faithfully walk with Christ by faith.

Live by Faith :6
Paul wants the believers to stand firm in their faith in Christ
so they you are not deceived by any kind of false teaching.

Received - Gk. to accept or take for yourself (4:17).
We accept by faith what Christ Jesus has done for us.
Ephesians 2:8 By grace you have been saved through faith.
We are forgiven of our sins by believing Christ died for us.
Thomas Watson wrote, ''Faith makes us members of Christ.''

We have to believe that he died ...

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