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Summary: It’s just as important to the Christian faith to know why you believe, as it is to know what you believe.

THE PASTOR’S POINTS

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CEDAR LODGE BAPTIST CHURCH

Thomasville, NC

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July 5, 1992

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It’s just as important to the Christian faith to know why you believe, as it is to know what you believe. The evangelist George Whitfield was witnessing to a man, "What do you believe?" The man replied, "I believe what my church believes." "And what does your church believe?" asked Whitfield. "What I believe," replied the man. Undaunted, the evangelist tried one more time. "And what do you both believe?" "Why, we both believe the same thing!"

We study a book like Colossians because we must continually guard against new ways Satan will attempt to steal our sharpness as defenders of the faith...

To wit:

Is New Age really new? Are horoscopes, individualism and drug abuse merely contemporary problems?

Answer:

Not on your life! They’re new clothes for the same scams Lucifer used in Eden. Colossians undresses ’em!

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO COLOSSIANS

The letter is from Paul, held captive in a Roman prison. If you’ve read the book of Philemon, you would be aware that both were written at the same time, and sent back to Colosse with Onesimus.

Ephesians may have also been in the same mail bag. Epaphras had been saved, evidently at Ephesus, and was instrumental in starting the church in his hometown of Colosse.

The occasion of this note is the danger that they were being led astray by some false teaching. They were being told to tone down their view of Jesus. It was okay to include Him in...just don’t get too fanatical about it! Paul didn’t spend a lot of words attacking the false teaching; he simply held up Jesus. Banks will train tellers to recognize false currency without ever showing them a counterfeit bill. They simply start them out with large stacks of real bills and say, "Count it!" After counting thousands of real bills, you know a fake instantly!

The Colossian church was being led to believe that Jesus was less than Lord of all. This is not Christianity; it is the kind of syncretism that says Jesus is OK - we’ll put him up on the shelf next to Mary, and Buddha, and money, and career, and the Daytona 500." Beloved, your Christology (what you believe about Jesus) determines your Christianity. As the old saying has it, "If He’s not Lord of all, He’s not [your] Lord at all!" Today, in this study of Colossians we will hold-up the real thing - Jesus as Lord! That’s what Paul did...He told them about Jesus. He told them first,

Faith in Jesus Brings Grace and Peace 1.1,2

Grace is that totally undeserved gift of God. It is what made Jesus come from heaven, allow Himself to be nailed, spread-eagle on a cross between two thieves on the town garbage dump. He died there for our sins. Grace cancels the brokenness of our sin. Paul called the people at the Colossian church "saints" [NIV translates "holy and faithful brothers"]. A saint is technically not "a very good person." Biblically, a saint is someone who, by faith, receives the grace of God on his own sin and brokenness.


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