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Bible Text: Colossians 2:11-15 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Colossians: Complete in Christ Everything we need in the Christian life is found in Jesus Christ, but the Colossian church was infected with false teachings made of several elements, including mysticism, astrology, philosophy, and Jewish legalism. In our passage tonight, Paul outlines what we as believers possess in Christ.
Bible Text: Romans 14:13-23 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace You can fall off either side of the horse, one side into legalism or the other side into license, but neither one is good. But balance is liberty, and today, we see that love is even greater than exercising our liberty in Christ. In review, we understand that some things are clearly right or wrong. If the Bible says do this or don't do that, we have no other choice but to obey the Word of God. If it was sin in the Old Testament, it is still sin in the New Testament. God never changed His mind on any of those things. But some things are a matter of personal conviction. We are not free to do as we please. With that thought in mind, I want to get into our passage for today, and especially the fulcrum, which is verse 13, because everything turns on the principle stated in this verse.
Bible Text: Romans 14:1-12 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace I think pretty much everyone agrees with me that the Church of Jesus Christ is made up of individuals at every possible level of spirituality. Some are aware of the freedom and liberty they enjoy in Jesus Christ and they live accordingly, led by the Spirit of God. There are others who live under legalism, operating by a list of dos and don'ts, and sometimes their list is longer than God's list. If that were the end of it, we would have no problem, but those who live on the far end of liberty in Christ are constantly being judged by those on the opposite end of the spectrum who live by a stricter standard, and vice versa. It's been said that one group flouts and one group flaunts; one group is called liberal and compromisers and the other is called legalistic and judgmental. In our text for today, the apostle Paul seeks to strike a balance for believers, and that's what we're looking at today.
Bible Text: Romans 7:1-6 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace In our text this morning, Paul is trying to get us to understand the relationship of our lives to the Law and sin. He is trying to make clear that we, as believers, are dead to the Law. In the last verses of Chapter 6, Paul used the analogy of slavery to teach us that, in Christ, we are no longer under the old master of sin and death. We have a new master, the Lord, Jesus Christ. Now Paul moves to the analogy of the relationship of husband and wife and marriage as the picture of our new relationship to Jesus. Before we were saved, we were married to the Law. The Law condemned us and told us we were no good, but now we are married to Christ. We have been freed from the Law. Spiritually speaking, we're either married to the law or we're married to the Lord. That's the analogy Paul is using here. What he's saying here is not necessarily about marriage, but he's talking about the Christian life and using marriage as an analogy.