Plus Nothing Week Five

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From whatever angle we choose to view the age we live in today, the letter that Paul wrote to the Colossians 2,000 years ago is still amazingly relevant. This message focuses on a life that promotes maturity.

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Plus Nothing Week Five

  1. 1. 0 Nothing PLUS
  2. 2. 0 Nothing PLUS . . . in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. --- Colossians 2:9
  3. 3. 0 of Christ 7 DISTINCTIONS * Image of God * Firstborn over all creation * Created all things * Before all things * In Him all things hold together * Head of the church * The beginning & the first-born
  4. 4. 0 Nothing PLUS So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strength- ened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
  5. 5. 0 Nothing PLUS See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
  6. 6. 0 Nothing PLUS For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. --- Colossians 2:6-10
  7. 7. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ?
  8. 8. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 1.CONTINUE
  9. 9. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 1.CONTINUE . . . just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him. --- Colossians 2:6
  10. 10. 0
  11. 11. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 1.CONTINUE . . . just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him. --- Colossians 2:6
  12. 12. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 2.MEASURE
  13. 13. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 2.MEASURE . . . rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. --- Colossians 2:7
  14. 14. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 2.MEASURE For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double- edge sword, it penetrates even to the dividing of soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. --- Hebrews 4:12
  15. 15. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 2.MEASURE Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. --- Matthew 4:4
  16. 16. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS
  17. 17. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive phil- osophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ . . . and you have been given fullness in Christ. --- Colossians 2:8
  18. 18. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS “Contemporary man, with his self- drawn picture of society as the ‘closed room’ with No Exit, is caught metaphysically and sociologically.”
  19. 19. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS “In the darkness of the room evidently without windows, perhaps without doors, he gropes round and round the edges. Can one hope that someone will dare to wonder whether there is any light other than the feeble sparks of his own making?”
  20. 20. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS “Or will he stubbornly persist in treading the barren circle of poor premises?” --- Os Guinness
  21. 21. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS Things which the eye has not seen and ear has not heard [empiricism], and which have not entered the heart of man [rationalism], all that God has prepared for those who love Him. --- I Corinthians 2:9
  22. 22. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS “I am first affrighted and confronted with that forlorn solitude, in which I am placed in my philosophy.” --- David Hume
  23. 23. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS “I shiver with the horror of being responsible for everything alive . . . Alas, grant me madness.” --- Friedrich Nietzsche
  24. 24. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS “Every existing thing is born without reason, goes on living out of weakness, and dies by accident.” --- Jean-Paul Sartre
  25. 25. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS “Brief and powerless is man’s life; on him and all his race the slow sure doom falls pitiless and dark.” --- Bertrand Russell
  26. 26. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS “The Last Survivor of a Dead Generation” --- Bertrand Russell’s Epitaph
  27. 27. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS “Man cannot begin with himself and arrive at ultimate reality.” --- Francis Schaeffer
  28. 28. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS That which proceeds out of man, that is what defiles the man. --- Mark 7:20
  29. 29. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. --- Romans 1:21
  30. 30. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 3.FOCUS Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. --- Colossians 3:23
  31. 31. 0 WHAT PROMOTES Maturity In Our Faith ? 1.CONTINUING 2.MEASURING 3.FOCUSING

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