As You Have Received…Walk

Quote of the Week:  “Your talk talks, and your walk talks; but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.”

Here are the completed notes from the morning service August 2, 2015:

Scripture:  Colossians 2:6

1.  As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord

A.  Personal reception of the Lord

  • Point in time that you saw your self as a sinner unable to save yourself
  • You believed the Gospel
    • God loves you
    • Christ shed His blood for us when He died on the cross
    • Jesus resurrected
  • You personally appropriated Christ for yourself
    • Turning from sin – repentence
    • Trusted Jesus for your forgiveness and eternal life in heaven

B.  Confident of that decision being real based upon Biblical truth

  • Since that time God has changed your life – II Corinthians 5:17
  • No longer comfortable in your sin – John 16:7-8, Hebrews 12:5-8
  • Desire to be with God’s people – I John 3:14
  • Desire to obey the Word of God – I John 2:3-4

2.  So walk ye in Him

To walk in Christ is to live a life that is patterned after His

A.  Determine the Reality – Are you a fan of Christ or an authentic follower of Christ?

  • It’s not that fans don’t want a relationship with Jesus; It’s that they want the relationship with Him on their own terms
  • It’s not that fans don’t want a relationship with Jesus; It’s that they don’t want it to cost them too much.
  • Fans are satisfied going through the motions – God wants your love and He longs for you to passionately pursue Him.
  • The things that excite you – The things that excite you can also point to something or someone that is in competition with Jesus
  • Spiritual apathy screams – I don’t care

B.  Is your life characterized by practicing the presence of Jesus Christ on a daily basis?

  • Ongoing examination of your life before God
  • Immediately confessing sin
  • Striving to be right with others when problems arise
  • Asking yourself, what would Jesus do in a given situation
  • Prioritize your relationship with Christ above all else

C.  Consider the Following – Is your relationship with Christ best described as coasting or costly?

D.  Commit to the change God wants in your life

  • Radical:  Extreme change
  • Consistency:  Faithfulness over time
  • Commitment:  Putting yourself on the spot