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pauls letter to the colossians mature in christ



This sermon series is based on Paul's letter to the Colossians.  The Church has been infiltrated by teachers who are telling them that they have not received the whole truth about Christianity.  These teachers tell the Colossians, "you have the 'basics', but we have the full picture:  This "full picture" includes elements of Judaism and pagan religion. In short, these false teachers tell them they are not "Mature" in their faith.  

Paul writes this letter to encourage this church that they have received the full and complete gospel.  Nothing new needs to be added.  Thus, maturity in faith is to look more deeply into what they have already been taught.  Since you already have the complete truth, now you can turn to walking in it!  You can now live out the implications of this truth in your daily lives because you no longer have to worry if you've found the real truth.

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.
Colossians 2:6-7

We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:9-10

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Colossians 1:28

Lets be honest.  There are times when, confronted with the multiple voices in and outside Christianity, we wonder if we have the full truth:  "How do I know if what I believe is right?"  "What if I only have part of the truth?"  "How can I live the right way if I don't know what is right?"  "How can I reach maturity in my faith if I don't know what that looks like?"

If you share these questions, then I have good news for us.  This Fall we will be looking at how the Bible encourages believers who are asking the same questions.  Our guide will be Paul's Letter to the Colossians.  Join us as we look at what it means to be truly "Mature in Christ"!