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Summary: An exposition of Colossians 2:9-10 dealing with the believer's sufficiency in Christ.

{Not a manuscript: a transcription from audio cassette}

Introduction

Well let’s take our Bibles again and turn with me to the book of Colossians. Colossians chapter 2, and believe it or not, we’re going to get through verse 10 this morning, (unless I have a heart attack or something!). Colossians chapter 2, let’s read together verses 8 through 10. The apostle Paul’s warning to the church at Colossae and to us as well:

"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority".

Today’s Contemporary Churches: Entertaining

If you’ve ever visited London, or if you ever do visit London, you should have no problem spotting St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s considered to be among the ten most beautiful buildings in the world and it dominates the city’s skyline. This big, venerable structure stands as a monument to its creator, astronomer and architect Sir Christopher Wren. And while St. Paul’s is his best-known achievement, there’s an interesting story connected with a lesser-known building that he also designed. Christopher Wren was given charge of designing the interior of the town hall in Windsor. This was just west of central London. And his plans called for large columns to support the high ceilings. When the construction was complete, the city fathers toured the building and expressed concern over one problem, and that was the pillars. You see, it wasn’t that they really had a problem with the pillars; but there weren’t enough of them. They wanted more pillars. So Wren had a solution, a solution that was as devilish as it was inspired. He did exactly what they wanted and he installed four new pillars and by it met their demands by doing so. Those extra pillars remain in Windsor Hall to this day. And they aren’t difficult to identify. You see, they stand out from the rest of the pillars, the original pillars. The four pillars that Wren added support no weight. In fact, they don’t even touch the ceiling. They’re fakes. Wren installed the pillars to serve one purpose, to look good. They’re an ornamental embellishment built to satisfy the eye. In terms of supporting the building, in terms of fortifying the structure, they’re about as useful as the paintings that hang on the walls.

That, my friends, describes what’s happening in many contemporary churches today in much of their worship. Lots of looking good, lots of ornamental embellishments, lots to satisfy the eye, but little substance, little true worship. This past week, Ben and Renee shared with me that they met with a couple that purchased their home out in the foothills. And they found out that this couple was looking for a church in the area. But when the discussion turned to what exactly they were looking for, they expressed that they were looking for a church where entertaining skits and music were a high priority. They came to find out they came from a church, a large church in the Chicago area, where that indeed was a very high priority.

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