Jesus - He is Enough
July 30, 2017 Speaker: Terence Gray
Passage: Colossians 2:16–2:23
Jesus:He is Enough
Passage- Colossians 2:16-23(ESV) Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
(Show slide 1 when I ask the question)
Slide 1: Are you living in freedom?
Slide 2: Gnosticism- a belief system that teaches that a person can only get close to God by understanding some secret knowledge.
-Believed that the body was evil
-Believed that Jesus was only an angel and never possessed a body.
Slide 3: 1. Wrong Thinking About Jesus Leads to Bondage, Right Thinking About Jesus Leads to Freedom
Slide 4: Colossians 2:1- For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face
Slide 5: Colossians 2:8- See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ
Slide 6: Jesus Sets Us Free From Having to Perform For Others
Slide 7: Verse 16- Therefore let no one pass judgment on you… Verse 18- Let no one disqualify you,
Slide 8: Colossians 2:13-14- And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
Slide 9: Jesus frees us from having to perform for God
Slide 10: Colossians 2:20-21- If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”
Slide 11: Jesus Sets Me Free From Me
Slide 12: Colossians 2:23- These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh
Slide 13: Ezekiel 26:26-27- And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in mystatutes and be careful to obey my rules
Slide 14: Because Jesus Is Enough I Can________________________