Whether To Submit To a Teacher

Discernment: The Forgotten Art

Colossians 1.28-2.5

Matthew Raley (11-21-10)

One of the most difficult decisions today is whether to trust a pastor or spiritual leader. This sermon studies how Paul described pastoral ministry in Colossians, draws out some marks of a godly pastor-elder, and gives a hard-hitting defense of pastoral authority against an ethos that has rejected it.

Published in: on November 24, 2010 at 5:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Deciding What To Do About Truth

Discernment: The Forgotten Art

Matthew Raley (11-14-10)

Decisions of conscience can be a source of anxiety. So we now turn to the question of how to decide what to do about truth. As a way of framing this kind of decision, this sermon introduces ten categories of relationships described in the Bible. If we can understand how God has ordered our relationships, we can also decide what to do in matters of conscience.

Published in: on November 14, 2010 at 5:40 am  Leave a Comment  

The 6-Point Checklist–Grace

Discernment: The Forgotten Art

Colossians 2.13-17

Matthew Raley (11-7-10)

The contrast between God’s grace and his law is black and white. But that’s not to say it’s always simple. The last test in our discernment checklist is whether a teaching keeps the categories of law and grace straight.

Published in: on November 10, 2010 at 11:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

The 6-Point Checklist–The Kingdom

Discernment: The Forgotten Art

Colossians 1.12-14

Matthew Raley (10-31-10)

In this sermon we study the 5th test for discerning truth and falsehood, the Kingdom of Christ. Does a teaching direct your loyalty to Christ’s kingdom, or to the world? What call of loyalty do you answer?

Published in: on November 3, 2010 at 9:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

The 6-Point Checklist–God v. Idols

Discernment: The Forgotten Art

Colossians 2.18-19

Matthew Raley (10-24-10)

In this sermon we study the 4th test for discerning truth from falsehood. Does a teaching direct our service to the living God, or to idols? We look closely at Paul’s confrontation of idolatry in Colossians 2.

Published in: on November 3, 2010 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment