Thursday, December 08, 2005

Colossians 2:16-23 - Relationship not Rules


Passage: Colossians 2:16-23
Originally Preached: 4/7/04 - 6:30pm Service - St Stephen's Anglican, Belrose
Series: Colossians

Description: A look at what happens when our faith becomes more about rules than relationship

Comment: This isn't really the best sermon I've ever done. The first 8 minutes are spent on the opening illustration which is all about my cd listening rules. It is an illustration about how rules can be beneficial. It was a bit self-indulgent, although something that I get very passionate about. Once we get past that though, it's fine.

This sermon was done just after a preaching course at church. I was getting reviewed by the wonderful John Buckley (who is one of the best preachers I've ever come across). I think he said it was good except for opening illustration. And the closing one.

The closing illustration, is a horror story about a girl with a defective neck. It was a good story, but it distracted from the end of the sermon.

I think this sermon is an illustration of letting your illustrations carry you away.

But the point of the sermon, "rules don't make right relationship, Jesus makes right relationship", that's a good point. I think too often we get caught up in following rules to keep our faith on track and we forget that Jesus is the one we need.

This was the third sermon we ever recorded on computer at church. It's a bit distorted because we hadn't figured out how to do it well yet. It was exciting to be able to put sermons on CD though.


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