By Mike Dawson
Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Columbia
Focal Passage: Colossians 2:16-23
I heard a pastor speak about the importance of preaching Biblical, doctrinal truth. He described a little mountain church where one lady came to the visiting minister after service and said, “That was a sweet sermon, preacher — there weren’t no doctrine in it, nor nothin’! ” Well, I pity the congregation where that could truthfully be said of any sermon, don’t you? There’s one preacher who’d never be described like that, the Apostle Paul. He clearly showed how he dealt with doctrine in today’s text, Colossians 2:16-23.
These verses show Paul confronting three doctrinal errors that had infiltrated the church in Colossae: legalism (verses 16-17), mysticism (verses 18-19) and asceticism (verses 20-23). Paul saw these errors endangering the Colossian believers, and they endanger believers today. [Read more…]