Monday, June 29, 2015

Colossians: "Jesus and..." - Why religion cannot save.

Colossians 2:16-17  Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

Every society ever discovered has some form of religious practice. The action of doing certain things, or not doing certain things in an effort to please a god or gods. If your faith is in what you do, rather than repenting in light of what Jesus did, your faith is in religion, and it will not save. In this text we look at how Paul calls the Colossian believers to fix their hope on Christ and not on any religious practice as their source of salvation security.
Delivered to the Galena Bible Church, Sunday June 28th, 2015.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Colossians: Beware the false gospel

Colossians 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Paul agonized for this little church because of the man centered false gospel that was being taught there. Like a salesman selling a lead vest as a life preserver, a false gospel has the trappings of what we want, but the inability to actually save. The Gospel of Jesus is our only hope.
Sermon Delivered to the Galena Bible Church, Sunday June 21st, 2014

Monday, June 15, 2015

Colossians: Christ in you the hope of Glory

Colossians 1:27  To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

There is a mystery in the work of Christ that is not revealed in nature. It must be revealed through a supernatural move of God. Paul says that he has revealed this mystery to the Gentile churches through two means: a stewardship of suffering, and fully and faithfully preaching the Gospel. In this sermon we look at Colossians 1:24-29 and see how we can reveal Christ in us, the hope of Glory.
Delivered to the Galena Bible Church, Sunday June 14th, 2015.