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					Is There a Secret to
Successful Christian
      Living?
             Some Say…
 The secret is a certain doctrine that
  they have discovered
 The secret is a new experience which
  will transform our lives completely
   A “Second Blessing”
 The secret is following a particular
  teacher or leader who will show the
  way
 Each of us has our own personal path
  and there are no universal secrets
  Twelve Steps to
Successful Christian
      Living
    Colossians 3:1-17
     The Amazing Supremacy of
          Christ (Col 1-2)
 Colossians 1:15-23 He is the image of the
 invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16
 For by him all things were created, in heaven
 and on earth, visible and invisible, whether
 thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—
 all things were created through him and for him.
 17 And he is before all things, and in him all
 things hold together. 18 And he is the head of
 the body, the church. He is the beginning, the
 firstborn from the dead, that in everything he
 might be preeminent.
 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased
  to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to
  himself all things, whether on earth or in
  heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
  21 And you, who once were alienated and
  hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now
  reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in
  order to present you holy and blameless and
  above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you
  continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not
  shifting from the hope of the gospel that you
  heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation
  under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a
  minister.
 Colossians 1:27 To them God chose to make
  known how great among the Gentiles are the
  riches of the glory of this mystery, which is
  Christ in you, the hope of glory.
      The Threat of Religion
 Colossians 2:6-7 Therefore, as you
 received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk
 in him, rooted and built up in him and
 established in the faith, just as you were
 taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
   We are saved by the gracious work of God,
    we must continue to live in that grace and
    not revert to legalism and false religion.
   The greatest threat to Christianity is religion
    that is not focused on Christ’s grace!
 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.
   Having been freed from the path of human
    ability and works, we must not be enslaved
    again by that mindset.
 Colossians 2:16 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.
 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.
   We must resist the human tendency to
    replace genuine faith with human religion
          Human Religion
 Based on human reason and ideas
  instead of God’s revelation
 Promotes rituals as a means of
  pleasing God instead of genuine
  devotion
 Establishes responsibilities – duties
  each person must perform
 Establishes rules for behavior which
  often go beyond biblical commands
      Instead, Paul Says…
 Let us live the Christian life that
  God demand and blesses.
 Twelve commands which define
  the Christian life.
 Not a formula or “secret” – a series
  of commands that define the life
  that pleases God
         Colossians 3:1-17
 If then you have been raised with Christ,
 seek the things that are above, where
 Christ is, seated at the right hand of
 God. 2 Set your minds on things that are
 above, not on things that are on earth. 3
 For you have died, and your life is
 hidden with Christ in God. 4 When
 Christ who is your life appears, then you
 also will appear with him in glory.
 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:
  sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil
  desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6
  On account of these the wrath of God is
  coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when
  you were living in them. 8 But now you must
  put them all away: anger, wrath, malice,
  slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9
  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have
  put off the old self with its practices 10 and
  have put on the new self, which is being
  renewed in knowledge after the image of its
  creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew,
  circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian,
  Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
 12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones,
 holy and beloved, compassionate
 hearts, kindness, humility, meekness,
 and patience, 13 bearing with one
 another and, if one has a complaint
 against another, forgiving each other;
 as the Lord has forgiven you, so you
 also must forgive. 14 And above all
 these put on love, which binds
 everything together in perfect harmony.
 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in
 your hearts, to which indeed you were
 called in one body. And be thankful. 16
 Let the word of Christ dwell in you
 richly, teaching and admonishing one
 another in all wisdom, singing psalms
 and hymns and spiritual songs, with
 thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17
 And whatever you do, in word or deed,
 do everything in the name of the Lord
 Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father
 through him.
           Twelve Steps
 Heaven in your Heart and Head
  1) Choose Heaven in your heart
  2) Choose Heaven in your head
 Change your Clothes
  Remove the Clothing of Sin
     3) Kill Lust and Greed
     4) Take off the clothing of Pride
     5) Stop lying
   Put on the New Clothes of
    Righteousness
      6) Put on Humility
      7) Forgive others (as Christ forgave you!)
      8) Wrap yourself in Love
 The Final Four – Attitudes & Passions
   9) Let the Peace of Christ rule you
   10) Be Thankful
   11) Let the Word of Christ dwell in you
    richly
   12) Do all in the name of Jesus
      (Live life according to His resources)

				
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