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Summary: Helping those you win to Christ grow in Christ.

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“FISH ON” Colossians 2:6-7

INTRODUCTION: CAMPING & TROUT FISHING IN NORTH GA

THEY MADE TROUT FISHING SEEM SO EASY WHEN IN FACT IT’S NOT EASY AT ALL!

Unfortunately, some people think becoming a Christian is the easiest thing in the world--all you have to do is… ask Jesus to come into your heart & He’ll forgive you of your sins & you are saved. That’s all there is to it.

Then, when they begin making an effort to live the Christian life, they discover that there are some "hidden" costs involved:

They are expected to… - Go to church on Sunday morning & evening - Read the Bible & pray - Giving a portion of their money - Not to mention stop sinning

FOR MANY CHRISTIANITY BECOMES A LIST OF DO’S & DON’T LEAVING ONE THINKING “I CAN’T DO THIS”!

- THEY WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN - THEY WANT TO SERVE THE LORD - THEY WANT TO LIVE GODLY

BUT IN & OF THEMSELVES THEY CAN’T! IT’S NOT LONG BEFORE THEY GET FRUSTRATED & OVERWHELMED THROW UP THEIR HANDS & SREAM “I CAN’T LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE”!

IT’S THEN THAT THEY SIMPLY WALK AWAY FROM THE FAITH! THAT FISH YOU HAD ON IS NOW OFF!

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GOD’S WORD TEACHES A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT APPROACH TO THE CHRISTIAN LIFE… * ONE THAT IS ABOUT HIM * ONE THAT IS A LIST OF “GET TO’S & WANT TO’S” * ONE THAT DEPENDS ON HIS AUTHORITY & NOT YOUR ACTIONS

SIMPLY PUT…THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS ALLOWING JESUS TO LIVE IN YOU & THROUGH YOU ALL FOR HIS GLORY & YOUR GOOD!

Colossians 2:6-7 Paul writes… 6So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

THAT RAISES A QUESTION! HOW DID YOU RECEIVE CHRIST?... BY FAITH! THEN THAT IS HOW WE ARE TO CONTINUE IN HIM.

THIS MORNING, I WANT US TO CONSIDER HOW TO HELP THOSE WE WIN TO CHRIST TO GROW IN CHRIST W/O BECOMING FRUSTRATED & OVERWHELMED & WALKING AWAY FROM THE FAITH.

I. Rooted in him. V-7 “Rooted in Him”

PAUL OFTEN COMPARED THE CHRISTIAN LIFE TO A JOURNEY….A JOURNEY WE MUST LEARN TO WALK!

Colossians 1:10

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

Colossians 4:5

…make the most of every opportunity

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 4:1

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

- BUT HOW DO WE WALK THIS JOURNEY OF FAITH W/ JESUS? - HOW DO WE LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE? - HOW DOES ONE LIVE GODLY, HOLY & RIGHTEOUS?

NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS… So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him

BY FAITH! YOU ACCEPT HIM BY FAITH THEREFORE, YOU WALK W/ HIM BY FAITH

Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…

WALKING BY FAITH IS THE PROCESS OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH WHICH LEADS US TO GODLINESS, HOLINESS & RIGHTEOUSNESS.


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