Summary: A Christ-centered faith means that God gives His children a full life in union with Christ, when His children let Him be supreme over all.
A CHRIST-CENTERED FAITH-Colossians 2:1-10
Proposition: A Christ-centered faith means that God gives His children a full life in union with Christ, when His children let Him be supreme over all.
Objective: My purpose is to challenge all to make a full commitment to Christ as one experiences a Christ-centered faith.
Illus: Some Christians try to live from one dramatic mountaintop experience to another. Their relationship with the Lord is based on their feelings at the moment. They go from Bible conferences to seminars to Bible studies, trying to maintain an emotional high. Author Creath Davis, referring to his early Christian life, wrote, "I felt that if something spectacular was not transpiring, my faith was weakening. As a result, I missed most of what was going on in the valleys, waiting to get back to the mountain." What’s an effective antidote for a feelings-centered faith? According to the apostle Paul in Colossians 2, being Christ-centered is the answer. We grow steadily into maturity as we focus on Christ & what He has done for us, & not on our feelings. Illus: “Mountaintop experiences can be beneficial, but nothing is more profitable than an ongoing, Christ-centered life of faith.” —Joanie Yoder
“Christ Jesus the Lord” is the greatest affirmation of the deity, humanity and sovereignty of Christ. The apostle Paul was deeply concerned for the Church at Colossae because she was threatened from the inside by false teaching. In love he exposed the danger that was threatening the church. Like a skilled surgeon he exposed the life threatening cancer and prescribed the only cure. The prescription is loyalty to Jesus Christ. Christ was all the church needed. Here Paul communicates his concern to the Colossians and instructs them to be steadfast in the faith of Christ. How strange in our day many people go off searching the religious cults and mystery religions for a deeper spiritual life when the key to fulfillment in Christian living is to deepen our loyalty to Christ. To be a Christian is to be in fellowship with Christ. It is not a commitment to a culture or traditions of man. It is a vital union with Christ. "As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him" (Colossians 2:6) is the key to a vibrant living Christian life. There were believers in the church at Colossae who were being distracted and led away from the all-sufficiency of Christ.
I. A GREAT CONCERN: “Don’t Be Deceived” ( vvs. 1-4) “I say lest anyone deceives you”—Paul warns these early Christians to be careful in listening to wrong teachings about Jesus Christ. They were hearing, “Christ is not the Creator, the carnation was not real and Christ was not enough.”
1. A great conflict (v. 1) “I want you to know what great conflict I have for you”-- For I want you to know how great a struggle (lit. physical striving in a contest, perhaps to wrestle) I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, His great conflict is because of his great concern over the dangerous doctrines being taught in the churches at Colossae and Laodicea.