Following Man's Way Instead of God's Way
Audio
Delivered By
Phillip Rainwater
Delivered On
March 25, 2018
Central Passage
Colossians 2:18-23
Subject
PM Sermon
Description

INTRODUCTION:

            A.        Many have disregarded the will of God preferring man-made doctrines;

                        I Timothy 1:3-5

                        1.         The brethren at Galatia perverted the gospel; Galatians 1:6-7

                        2.         The church at Ephesus had left their first love; Revelation 2:4-5

                        3.         At Corinth the brethren desecrated the Lord’s Supper making it part of a common meal; I Corinthians 11:20-21

            B.         What happens when one chooses to follow the ways of man?

            C.         Our lesson, “Following Man’s Ways Instead of God’s”

 

I.          WHY DO MEN LEAVE GOD’S WAY?

            A.        Some fail to focus on the Goal; Philippians 2:12

                        1.         Paul stated; Philippians 3:13-14

                        2.         Jesus stated; Matthew 6:33

            B.         Increasing unrest and discontent cause many to leave God’s way; Hebrews 10:25

                        1.         Some fall in love with the world; I John 2:15

                        2.         Others take the path of least resistance: Colossians 2:18

                                    a.         Refuse to accept responsibility; Genesis 3:12

                                    b.         An attitude that says, “Give me Jesus but not the church”

            C.         Many have been deceived into believing lies; Ephesians 4:14

 

II.         SOME AREAS OF DEPARTURE:

            A.        Concerning Salvation; James 1:22

                        1.         Prefer the teachings of men above God’s word (mention some);

                                     I Timothy 4:1

                        2.         Jesus gave us the truth as the way of salvation; John 8:31-32

            B.         Concerning worship; what feels good:

                        1.         Jesus taught; John 4:24

                        2.         Christians are to do that which is authorized in God’s word;  

                                    Revelation 22:18-19

            C.         Some teach, “One can go to heaven without being a Christian”

 

III.       RESULTS OF “FOLLOWING MAN’S WAYS INSTEAD OF GOD’S:

            A.        Separation from God; Galatians 5:4    

            B.         A loss of all spiritual blessings; Ephesians 1:3

            C.         Eternity without God; Matthew 25:41; II Thessalonians 1:7-9

 

 

CONCLUSION:

            A.        Do you want to spend eternity with God?  Matthew 11:28-30

            B.        Will you obey the gospel of Christ and let Him save you? I Corinthians 15:1-3