Summary: Second in expository series on Colossians.
We’re in the series on Reaching Your Full Potential for God.
Last week we covered the pre-requisites to reaching your full potential for God. The Bible laid the groundwork in Colossians chapter one for your advancement in Christ. Reaching your full potential in God is so vitally important because it reaches out and touches every other area of your life. Your relationships, your finances, your emotions, your hopes and dreams for life.
This week we’re going to talk about what to do after you’ve laid the foundation in Christ. One thing the Bible makes crystal clear in the Colossian church letter is that Christ is the foundation to a life of spiritual potential!
I want to give you one example of why this is such a vital issue by reading some excerpts from an article by Lee Strobel called, "How to Respond to the Davinci Code."
"Dan Brown’s red-hot, page-turner The Da Vinci Code has become a runaway best seller with 40 million copies in print and will debut as a major motion picture on May 19. What’s most intriguing, though, is not merely the astronomical sales figures – it’s the effect the story is having on popular culture. By cleverly mixing fact with fiction, Brown has created a raging controversy over how many of the novel’s claims are rooted in reality."
"USA Today said the book consists of ’historical fact with a contemporary storyline.’ Charles Taylor of the popular Web site Salon.com said: ’The most amazing thing about this novel is that it’s based on fact.’ Brown even begins his book under the heading ’FACT,’ telling his readers: ’All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.’"
"However, the book’s assertions are so outrageous that they have spawned a mini-industry of books debunking them. Among the claims: Jesus was never considered to be the Son of God until he was deified in AD 325 by the Roman Emperor Constantine for his own nefarious purposes; Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, who bore his child; Jesus wanted Mary Magdalene to lead his church, but she was forced out by power-hungry men and demonized as a prostitute; and the four Gospels in the Bible are essentially fabrications designed to seal this masculine power-grab for the rest of history."
"Amazingly, some readers are being convinced that this fiction is really fact. A survey by Decima Research, Inc., showed that one out of three Canadians who have read the book now believes there are descendants of Jesus walking among us today. And according to pollster George Barna, 53 percent of Americans who’ve read the book said it had been helpful in their ’personal spiritual growth and understanding.’"
"On the surface, this looks like a serious challenge to Christianity. But it’s also an incredible opportunity. What if churches and individual Christians took advantage of the hoopla surrounding the forthcoming movie to reach out to their friends, colleagues, and neighbors with the real story about Jesus?"
In Colossians chapter two Paul reveals vital information on the real story about Jesus and why the truth about Jesus is so essential to know.