Five Blessings for The Christian

(Outline by Gordon Stewart)

Colossians  1:12-14

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

INTRO:

  • Reminds us how much we have to be thankful for.
  • Five Blessings of the Christian – Are you thankful for these?
  1. FITTED US TO SHARE (Heaven’s blessings)
    • The Blessings
      • What does heaven mean to you? Where is “home”?
      • What are you working for? Treasure in heaven?
      • What are you living for? He rewards what the world doesn’t recognize. (The world only recognizes achievement)
    • The “Fitting”
      • We are not “fitted” by nature
      • We cannot fit ourselves – we come short
      • God does the “fitting” – gift of God
    • FITNESS TEST: What is your ATTITUDE about the future? World only values the “visible” and doesn’t recognize God as a giver.
  1. DELIVERED from an authority (darkness is sin, God is light)
    • Ruler of Darkness’s authority is broken by Jesus Christ
      • Authority broken means no “second death”, no fear
      • Absolute assurance of live; no anxiety
    • EXPERIENCE TEST: Do you know peace?
  2. TRANSLATED (carried over)
    • Under new authority
    • To us, Christ is King
      • We appreciate His victory – in death
      • We acknowledge His supremacy – in future
      • We enjoy his love – in His kingdom of love
    • OBEDIENCE TEST: Do you desire to obey Him?
  1. REDEEMED (not stolen)
    • Price paid: we love to remember Him
    • We are valuable to Him.
      • We glorify God in our bodies
    • APPRECIATION TEST: Am I thankful each day for His grace?
  2. FORGIVEN
    • World lives under guilt: The Christian is FREE
    • All our sins are FORGIVEN

CONCLUSION: If you are not saved, you are missing out! 

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