Grace Community Church

Losing My Religion & Finding Jesus

Given on August 11, 2019 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Colossians 2:16-23
Sermon Series: Complete in Christ

In what ways do believers “judge” other believers in our culture and often “disqualify” them spiritually? What traditions and rituals have become marks of being a “spiritual” person in the church? Are these based on Scripture? How should we handle differences of opinion and style? See Rom. 14&15

What dangers are involved in “taking our stand” on mystical spiritual experiences? Are spiritual experiences good or bad? How are we to evaluate these experiences? I Th. 5:21; II Cor. 11:13-15; II Th. 2:9

How have you seen legalism creep into your life or the life of the church? What is the difference between being “disciplined” in our walk with the Lord (I Tim. 4:7) and being “legalistic” (Gal. 3:1-3)? Is it possible to know if another person is being legalistic through simply observing their behavior?

Why do you think so many people are comfortable with “religion” but are uncomfortable with the idea of a “relationship” with Jesus Christ? Why do you think Paul states that living by a set of external rules – even really demanding rules – is ineffective in actually transforming our character? Is moral reformation the goal of our spiritual life? If not, what is?