Summary: Here's a sermon that would be excellent for Super Bowl Sunday. It deals with problems new Christians face that could derail their faith. The true story of Brenda & Kurt Warner serves as the illustration.
--"DISAPPOINTMENTS NEW CHRISTIANS FACE"
Colossians 1: 1-14
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
5because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
6which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
7as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,
8who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
9For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
12giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
13He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
14in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Almighty God, you are all knowing...all powerful...and able to be with us wherever we go. You are holy...loving...and merciful. As we open Your Word today, we read of the Apostle Paul's feelings of joy and happiness. He was blessed by what he was hearing about those new Christians he had recently led to Jesus in the church at Colosse. He was told that they had a special love for one another...that they were still walking with Jesus...that they were still serving Jesus. Paul was so impressed with what he heard about those new Christians...he wanted to go spend some time with them. Lord, we thank you for the new Christians in our church. We pray for them...just as Paul did for those in Colosse. We pray that the Spirit will teach us...encourage us...and prepare us...as we seek guidance from Your Word today. In Jesus' name.
I know how the Apostle Paul felt.
It is a great joy watching new Christians grow in the faith
I'm not going to mention any names.
But we've had some wonderful additions to this church.
It's a real joy to see how Jesus changed their lives.
It just thrills my soul to see Jesus working in them.
Unfortunately not all new Christians grow as they should.
Jesus said in Luke Chapter 8 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
Sometimes problems and disappointments...
overwhelm new Christians...and some even fall away.
Unfortunately, we have seen some "fall away."
That should concern the older Christians.
We have a responsibility...
to those who are young in the faith.
Romans 15:1-2 says:
We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.
This message is designed to help us understand and deal
with some of the disappointments new Christians face.
Let me tell you the story of Brenda Carney.
When Brenda was 12 years old she was "born again".
While attending the showing of a movie
about the Rapture and the end of this age...
Brenda got up out of her seat and ran to the altar.
She accepted Jesus as her Savior...
and became a "new creature in Christ."
Her church friends said God was going to use her in a big way.
Point#1 MANY BECOME CHRISTIANS WITH JOYFUL EXPECTATIONS.
Like Brenda Carney...
new Christians have a joy in their heart.
Acts 8:39 describes how the Ethiopian eunuch felt.
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
What about the Philippian jailor?
And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.