Not Captured (2:6-10)
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Not Captured (2:6-10)

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Has your mind been captured? The world offers so many different foundations to build your life on. There are many well-crafted arguments to convince you that Jesus can’t be the foundation of your life, or you need more than Him. Today's messaged is designed to help you fight against the lies that are trying to hold you captive.

You olden my ear to the unseen. One is plight, but now it's hoard down. The Colt the cantess apart, but seem like the only the stars on the run. Jesus is me. I can see you now. I can see you now. Kings on round. Jesus is near. I can see it now. I can see you now, kingdom, all that we see, they're still you'll face. What a battle. Every decision that you make, every choice that you have. God's with you. He can help you. He can help you do things you want to do. He can help you to love when it's hard to love. He can help you to forgive when it's hard to forgive. He can help you to find grace, Marty and peace. You can help you to find joy. You're not left, in your own strength and your own power to live this life trying to please and honor God. That's impossible. By the way. You say I'm gonna, I'm gonna get right with God, I'm going to start living right and talk and ride and going to the right places and spending time with the right people, and and you're going to fail. In our own strength and our own power, it's like we can't do that. We just naturally gravitate and do things that are like go us the other way. But if God lives inside of you, well then of course anything is possible. You can do that, you can make those right decisions, you can have your life completely transformed and change because the power of God is dwelling in you. It is helping you make those decisions, it is helping you think the right way, it's helping you in those relational struggles that it's hard to figure out, and God's like, I'm with you, I'm going to give you the words to say. God promises that in the presence, but had it not been for his presence in our life, it's up to you, it's up to me, soft of us all individually to try and figure it out for ourselves, and I know personally how that would go, and it's it wouldn't go well. But we have God with its Jesus, and we need a God like this. We need a transcendent God who is outside of our situation, who is outside of our life, because I don't know about you, but life gets crazy sometimes, doesn't. Stuff happen, situations arise, you go through things and you feel like you're over your head, with worries over your head, with stress over your head, with doubt and anxiety, and it's like you don't know where to turn, you don't know where to look, and here comes transcendent God outside of all of that mess and says, look over here, trust me, I know it's gonna work out. I can see beyond where you are right now. I know you only got one more year left dealing with this thing that you've been dealing with for seven years, but I know, I know it's coming. I can see it. I'm on the other side of it. Just trust me, follow me. And we're like stuck over here, like I can't, I can't, I...

...don't know which way is up, and God's like I'm outside of all of that. We need a transcendent God, a God who is outside of our our world, are our situation. FIS This E frommays. I will and then Jesus also got close to a woman one time and he sat next to her and they got talking about life and found out that she'd been through some stuff, some hard stuff, some relationally marriage. It's stuff like she was on her her six relationship and the other five didn't didn't work out. So great, not saying that's your story, but and so Jesus sits next to her when nobody else would sit next to her. Like she went to the well to get water by herself because she didn't want to be around anybody. But Jesus wanted to be with her, he wanted to talk with her and sit with her and they began talking and Jesus kind of showed him who he was, and then she believed that he was the Messiah, that there was something special about him, that she felt loved and nobody ever loved her like that before. And so she went into the city and just couldn't stop talking about it and all of the people came out and look, look what they said from John Forty. They begged him to stay in their village and he stayed for two days. Jesus had to go through a place where nobody ever went to sit next to a woman that nobody wanted to sit next to, and because that he was that close, they asked him to stay and stay and be with him. You know, God, God's going to meet you at your place where you are going to avoid everything else, wherever you run to, wherever you're trying to escape to, God's there and he's going to offer you something that actually is going to fulfill you, like he's going to give you eternal life, abundant life that you've been searching for in all the wrong places. You keep going to that well, hoping that this time it'll be different, this time it'll last, this time it'll make a difference in your life, and you just keep going and keep going and keep going, and Jesus is why don't you try this? I'm sitting right here with you and I'm offering something that's going to change your life, sat next to somebody touch people that nobody ever touched. Feel. But he says that we know our Sinful Selves, are crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. How many of you know that sin is powerful, like sin controls us, Sin controls the way that we think, the way that we respond to situations, the way that we react sins. God had script. It's chain, it's strong, it's powerful, but when we died with Christ, we were set free from the power of sin. Like those that are identified with Jesus, that are believers in Jesus, with God in Your Life, that power of sin, that is so strong on us. You're like power. Sins not strong in my life. That doesn't have any power in my life. I do whatever I want to do. It doesn't control me. That's probably when it's the most strong, because you're not even aware of what it's doing to you. But when we die with Christ and he came back from the dead, he conquered sin, conquered death, and now there is no more power of sin in a believer's life. Like you can be set free. You are set free. It's like living in the reality of what God has made for you, that you are alive, you are...

...made new, that that power of sin in your life doesn't have to control the way that you live any longer. But you are not bound by that, you are not slaves to that anymore, because when he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. There is new life, new power to be found to overcome sin, that habit, that thing that you've been dealing with, that way of thinking that just can't be broken. I mean with Jesus, he breaks it, gives you, set you free, feel high. I speaking on the dark around to say. They say Jesus, because the Christ about you make a whole lot of cheese. Please God repent...

...and turned to Jesus. Man. Welcome to connect those church. My name is Kevin. I am so glad that you are joining us today. Today, like any day, is always unique and always different here, and you've certainly been a part of a unique one today. Our goal, my goal this morning, is to not let you get captured with the empty philosophies and the high sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world rather than from Christ. That's our Texas morning as we're going through the book of Collossians, and it is my goal that I don't want you to get captured by all of these things. We're going to be talking about the truth. We're going to start with a quiz. The quiz has a little bit of a backstory and you're going to do the quiz in your seat, just with the people around you. But one of the best places to get captured by these empty philosophies and these high sounding nonsense that comes from human tradition is in college and, as you might remember, I graduated from let in Valley College and there was a class that I had eleven and Valley College that was a world religions class, and I tried to avoid these religion classes and these Christianity classes that our college gave out as much as possible, but they like force you to take one, and so I took it and I chose this world religions class because it was only like a month of Christianity, which I could tolerate, and then there was a month of Hinduism and there was a month of Islam, and so I thought, okay, I could survive one month of Christianity. It was. This class was really interesting because...

...our teacher taught Buddhism like you don't know anything about Buddhism. Here is Buddhism, here it is. Then we got to the Christianity portion of the of the class and he said, okay, you already know everything about Christianity, so let me tell you what Christianity is not and let me tell you what it cannot be. And then we got to Islam and he taught you know, this is what Islam is. And so if my teacher was here today, which I don't necessarily see him right now, or if you're watching online, it'd be awesome. I'd love to talk with you years and years later after this class, but I just I just know that after this class was finished, after this little Christianity Month was finished, we did something that I don't think anybody I never experienced before. I walked into the classroom and all of the deaths, all of the chairs in our class room was is circled up. It was in a circle and the point of our entire class meeting was our teacher was asking us how we felt he taught the Christianity section of our class, like did you learn anything? Like did I do a good job teaching it? Can you give me any feedback? And he went through the whole class to see how did he do. And that was really interesting because we did a presentation about Christianity. We had to read this book and it was about all the ways Christianity can't be true, and so we set up this courtroom scene for our presentation. We killed the presentation. It was amazing. We gave all of his arguments from the book about why Christianity needs to change. Then we gave the biblical verses that says here's what it is, and then we said to the class we said, you have to decide which one is it going to be? Is it going to be the one that this guy says is going to be the new way it's going, or is it going to be the Bible versus that has been true for the last two thousand, three thousand years? And our teacher gave us a B because we he felt like we missed the point of the entire assignment. And so then last part of I'll tell you today of this class as we took a quiz or a test at the end, and I had all these notes and I actually didn't use like any of the notes for the test, and the test consisted of things like this and you'll see them on the screen. It was a true or false kind of set of questions. Most of them were for false questions, and I don't have the test in front of me, which is probably a good thing. I kind of made these questions up, you know, based on what I remember, and so what I want to give this to you now is how would you answer these questions, true or false? And what I found in this class was that I was answering questions as true or false. From what my teacher told me was the right or wrong answer, but I didn't personally believe them, and that was a very weird place to be, because I wanted to write the right answer. So I got a good grade, but at the same time it was not what I thought. So I'm serious. We're going to take a couple of minutes now. A song is going to play in the background and I want you to answer these questions, true or false, and you can talk amongst yourselves to determine what you think is the best answer or just comment on them. That's fine too. So I'll give you a couple seconds to do that. See if we can hear the music, or else it'll be awkward if it's really quiet. I guess it's going to be quiet. I'll be back up in a couple seconds. Joy, yeah, I say, we realize.

Yeah, right, all right, hey, if you just came in, what we're doing is a little different today, but we're taking our time to look at what's true about what Jesus teaches and about the Bible and all that fun stuff. So this was a test. That was what my teacher in college gave about Christianity and I wanted to give you a minute to see how you would answer these questions. And so guess what, I'm not going to tell you if they're true or false. But I what I want you to see, and I hope you gathered from some of these questions, was the assumptions behind the question. When somebody you know talks about something, they're presenting an argument to be true or false. They want they assume something, and I want you to see the assumptions behind these questions. Because if Paul was the founder of Christianity, then that implies Paul never met Jesus before his resurrection. Like Paul is the one who made all this stuff up about Jesus. It implies Paul called Jesus the Christ and deified him, which is something that Jesus didn't do with his own followers. So if you're talking about the historical Jesus Right, if you look through what they say, you know could be what the historical Jesus did. Then he didn't call himself the Christ, he didn't call himself God. It also implies that even the book of acts was written through the Lens of the religion Paul created, and will what that means. And again this is getting heavy real quick and we'll wrap it up you'll just hang with me through all here, is that even the book of acts is written through the Lens of what Paul wrote, like through the book of Galatians, for example. And so in glaciers, chapter two, it talks about the council of Jerusalem when these people showed up there and they had to decide how they were going to include the gentiles in all of this. And Acts Fifteen talks about the same thing, they say. And so because Galatians was written before the book of acts, that all of like the New Testament, basically was written through the Lens of what Paul created. All right, you can review that later because, remember, my goal today is to not let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world rather than from Christ. So the second true false. Jesus is known for being a teacher of wisdom, miracle worker and preached about a coming political kingdom. This implies that the Universal Salvation of the Cross was later added by by Paul. That wasn't something Jesus talked about and implies Jesus was not very different from other teachers, other Miracle Workers Other Possible Messiah figures in the first century Jewish culture. But again, the historical Jesus kind of presents himself that way. So remember the gold today. Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking and from spiritual powers of this world rather than from Christ. Number three, Jews was elevated to be God at the Council of Neicea. This implies that a group of man made a decision which Jesus himself didn't believe, and it implies that the key component of Christianity, Jesus being God, did not happen until three hundred years that's when this council happened, after Jesus died. So again, the goal today don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies, there are a lot of them out there, and high sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world rather than from Christ. All right, that was pretty intellectual. Now we're going to do something a lot less intellectual and more interact of and fun. We're going to do an interactive activity. Can we hit the lights and bring the lights up for this and so there should be a ball next to you, somewhere...

...nearby. The goal for you is to not let anyone get your ball. All right, you want to at the end of this activity, to have all the balls from everyone in the room. Okay. Now, the way that you can capture the ball is well, if you don't really want to play, you're confused at what we're doing this morning and it's like this is church really, and you just want to give the ball up, you can certainly do that. That is so all the part of the illustration. But if you want to hang on to the ball, then you get to challenge somebody and you're going to play rock paper scissors against the person, okay, and so when you play rock paper scissors, if you lose, you have to give them your ball. All right, does that make sense? Everyone's got one ball. If you lose, your out. If you really want to grab another ball and join back in, I guess you can do that, but we don't want to be here all day either. I got a sermon to preach, and so the only other caveat I'll give you is if you got one ball and the other person has like ten balls, you probably shouldn't be doing rock paper scissors against each other because someone else is kind of farther along in the process. So try to find some buddy that has a similar amount of balls that they're holding. All right, because we got all all of you, you're all going to do rock paper scissors if you want. Now. You all got two balls and some of you got zero balls. Then the two balls and two balls compete and one of you got for and the other one got zero. You know how that works. All right, so here we go. I think you might need to stand up for that. There's some music that's going to play. If you have any questions, I will answer them for you. All Right, here we go. I can see the cloud, can feel the way. Oh right, hey, well, we're gonna WE'RE gonna call that the end of our competition. Thank you for participating. We've got a winner. It's this guy down here.

Can you stand up one more time real quick and just we give you a round. Them applies. There we go, Sir Chris one a fifteen dollar gift card to Duncan donuts. That pays to get involved. That's right. That's right. So thank you for participating and remember the goal today is to not let you get captured. But many of you, in fact almost all of you, lost. So this applies to you. How did you lose? How did you get captured? Well, maybe maybe you were just a little apathetic. It was too much work. You didn't want to do it, you were disinterested. You're like, this is weird, I don't want it. It's too silly, it's too strange. Maybe you confused, you weren't sure how to do the Rock, paper scissors thing. Maybe you bartered, you traded something. I'll give you, I'll give you my ball if you buy lunch life for me later. Or maybe you just lost the battle. There's a lot out of ways that you can lose, you can get captured, and I don't want you to do that in your life. So, John, why don't you come up and welcome all of us here again? I think this is on. Oh, good morning everybody. Yeah, so it is really good to see everyone. If you're watching online, welcome. If you're here in person, it is generally good to see you. I have not been here for alas, here two weeks ago. Then I had to leave like pretty much right after, and then last week I was out preaching at a church here in Lancaster. So it's been a while and so I was like man, I kind of missed being a church, you know, and just hanging out. So it's good to see everybody. I feel like it's been a long, long week. You know, football's back and he penn state fans here, just me, couple paen state fans, Ohio state, doesn't matter. So doesn't matter if your fan, but no, it's good to be here. It's coming into this new season and new fall season. It's exciting and so so thanks for being here as we launch into some new stuff here. Connect as church and if it's your first time or you just want to get something off your chest, you have prayer requests, things like that, please write those on the connection card. From one behind me is massive, the one that you will have as much easier to write on, and you can just let us know if you have again, peer quests or just general comments or ways that you want to get more involved. We would really appreciate that. X are a lot of different ways to get involved, but that would be your first step. It's to fellout that connection card and if it is your first time doing that, please stop by the new here section because we want to give you a gift for for being here, because we appreciate that and we just like the opportunity to get to know you. We want to get you in the mix. So we're giving you cake mix and it's a pun so that's fun. So yeah, please stop by drop off that connection card. You can put him in the offering boxes or just hand them to somebody. Will make sure we get in touch with you and here connect US church. The mission that God has given us is to help people connect to their next step that God has in their life, which is a big calling and we understand that. But a way that we can help facilitate that is through what we call first steps. We have a group that meets after church with Pastor Kevin. We have another group that meets with Denny, which is kind of the next thing after first steps. But if you are interested in getting more involved in figuring out how God wants to connect you with other things in your life, feel free to check out that, that first steps group, which will be meeting in theater five today, which is just across the ways there. We want to get to know you and know what you're called for, what your passions are, what your interests are and see how how we can come alongside you in that mission. So feel free to do that. It's a good time and the reason we could be in this beautiful theater. I was here the other day seeing a movie and which is like wow, it's weird that I go to church and where I see movies and stuff, it is such a cool facility, is because of generosity, y'all. Is Generosity. People Watching Online, your generosity that the Lord is prompting you to either give your time, your your resources, your finances. We really appreciate that and here at Connector Church we have multiple ways to give to get people plugged into that kind of generous mindset and it is generosity is a heart thing. I've recently been really kind of focused on what is generosity, what is biblical generosity look like, and I think a lot we just associate that with money, which is true. I am not saying we don't want money, but generosity, it's a lifestyle, to mindset and it ultimately is a heart thing that God uses in our lives to, I think, reveal certain things, and so that's something I've been kind of walking through recently with a different program called generous giving and they show these awesome illustrations of how people are generous. You know, someone donating ninety nine percent of their company to the National Christian Foundation. So they don't want to own it, for the God owns this. And then someone else being like I donated my kidney, and it's like two different stories of generosity. But again, if we're looking for ways to be generous, God will definitely reveal them. So we have a couple ways to give. You can give online, you can mail a check or you can give him purse at the offering boxes. If your version of generosity that the Lord's prompting you to is that financial thing. So thank you for that generosity. It fuels the mission...

...that God has given us here and let's just be here. So thank you very much for doing that and I'm not sure exactly what the next thing is. I'm just going to hand it back over to Kevin. So thank you all for being here. Welcome to connect US church. We're going to go be the church, not just here but also outside. So it's good to see you, guys, and we're going to hear from Pastor Kevin here. I think there's a video. You're not deception I think I know what's going on here. So what colors this room? Gotcha? Right? So this room is not white and you're not deception, right. But even if you were a deception, we couldn't believe anything you'd say anyway, right, because they'd all be lies. Not necessarily so. If you would deception, you tell the truth. It's because lying is bad. So it's okay to lie, yes, but you don't know. All right, let's give some lights again for our sermon time. Welcome again to connect those church. My name is Kevin. I am the lead pastor of connect those church and I'm so glad that you are joining us today. Every Sunday is unique here, and this one has certainly pretty unique. And again, the point is to help us think about what is true and not get captured by all of these other things that could get in the way of that. And so the way that we're going to end our service today is we're going to have communion, because we can get caught up in thinking about all these different things, but we want to come back to the center of the center of the center, which is Jesus and what he has done for us. And so I invite you to participate in that. At the end of the service I'll explain it. We'll get there today. So right now we're going to move into a little bit more of a traditional sermon time, which I'm really excited about, and I want to encourage you to grab your Bible. If you have a Bible with you, I always encourage you to turn there and open it up today, especially because just the nature of what we're talking about, it's not what I say necessarily that you should always believe, because, guess what, I do mess up sometimes and I don't have it all exactly right, but this does. And so I want you to learn how to read it yourself, interpret it yourself, understand it yourself, apply it to your life, and so I encourage you to turn there with me. We're going to be in the book of Colossians, Chapter Too. Today. If you don't have your Bible, that's okay. The words will be on the screen behind me and we love to send you home with a Bible or Free Bible. Just stop by the new here area in the lobby and will make sure you go home with a Free Bible, which is pretty pretty cool, because we believe that the Bible is the most relevant most helpful book for today, and so we want to read it and we want to see what it has to say to us and we don't want to approach it and say, well, here's what I think it should mean and try and for something on it that is not there. So read along with me Colossians chapter two versus six through ten. And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will be grow strong in the truth you were taught and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking and from spiritual powers of this world rather than from Christ, for in Christ lives all the fullness of God and a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. Let's pray God. We just thank you for your word. We thank you that it's true, that we can build our life on it. We don't have to go searching for meaning in the million different places, but we know right where it is. And Lord, I just pray that we would be clear on that, like what does he mean? What does that look like? And as a result of coming in touch with who you are, Jesus, may it change our lives. Maybe we follow you and walk in the truth and Jesus name. Amen. So Paul writes this letter to the church, the Christians in the city of Colossy, and he is telling them here that you have accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, so you must continue to follow him, because there's so many other things that are going to try to get you to stop doing that, to pull you in a different direction, to capture you and set you on a completely different course. He says,...

...if you have accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, Right, for this is for believers, right, you must continue to follow him. Watch out. And Paul gives us different illustrations to say what he means by that. And so the first illustration that Paul gives us is that he wants a roots to grow down into him, like we all have roots. You have roots in your life and they are going somewhere, they're they're going and feeding into something and it's giving you food, it's giving you nourishment, it's giving you security. You all have roots, but the question is, what kind of roots do you have? I was in my yard yesterday and and some things are like this wonderful weed, right. It's big and prickly and it's really tall and and it's, you know, really skinny, but but you just like pluck it and I like pop fright out of the ground and the roots are like this big. It's like maybe your roots are like that. Or you got this beautiful tree which again has roots and it has this beautiful strong structure that hardly anything is going to come against, hardly anything is going to knock down, and the roots are even bigger than the tree itself. There they're strong, long, they're there, they're spreading out, there, they're working together, they're they're taking over like the yard because it's got to hold up this this big tree. Im I thought this was interesting. This is a pond plant and I had so many of these pond plants, they're like reproducing itself like crazy, that I listed them on facebook market place and some people are interested in buying them for like fifty cents eegs or something, and one guy came to look at them and the first question he asked me was how bigger the roots? Like? I don't know, I haven't picked them out of the pond. Like what is it, you know? And he was describing to me that in his pond, the the fish like to eat the little ball parts of the plant. Okay, the green parts at the top, they like to eat that. And so the way the fish gets up to the the bulbs is they nibble at the roots. And so if the roots are really shallow, really short, then then the fish like work their way up through that pretty quickly. They get to the bulb and eat it and they're gone and the plants as disappears. And so he was wanting a plant that had a deep root along route so that the fish, when they nibble at it, it took takes a long time before they get to the plant. And I was just thinking this. A man, if somebody lifted up you out of the water and looked at your roots, how long would it take for the fish, or in this case life, to nibble at you, Nibble, Wi, nibble, nibble, before it gets to you and captures you or destroys you or takes you out? Or how big are your roots? How long are your roots? Because Paul wants us to have deep roots going into Jesus. Now, if you're like I'm not much of a green thumb. I don't know much about plants. You confuse me with Soil and roots and water and all that stuff. And Paul gives us a construction metaphor. But a Christian with deep roots won't go looking for other soil. A Christian with deep roots won't go looking for other soil. The Construction Metaphor, then let your lives be built on him. Will. We faced in our country a lot of different hurricanes, a lot of tornadoes and disasters recently, and you that makes you wonder, that makes you aware of like what is this structure built on? What is the foundation of it? And you know when the worst time to build a structure, a solid foundation, is in the middle of a storm. You can't, you can't do it right. You can't build a solid foundation when everything is going crazy. And so the foundation is really important. That foundation is what everything is built on, it's what the structure is built on and there's certain things you have to do to make it right. You can't, you probably shouldn't, take the cheap way or the easy way or the quick way, the shortcut way, you know, because you just want to get it finished. You got to do it the right way so that when the structure gets built on it, it has a chance to withstand anything that comes against it. And the same is true with your life. If you're trying to build a solid foundation in the middle of a storm, it's probably too late when life is chaotic and crazy and you don't know which way is up and it's like, I'm gonna, I'm going to figure this out. You know, yes, it's good you should, you should start to get yourself figured out, but you know what, it's going to be hard. It's going to be difficult in the moment because you didn't have the foundation that you should have had. And so,...

...if you can in your life, make space, move yourself away from the bigger scenario and work on developing your foundation. But nobody likes to develop a foundation because it doesn't look nice, it doesn't feel like you're making any progress. It's just one big slab of concrete or whatever you're using, and it's like I want to get building, I want to get produced and I want to start doing something, I want to start making a difference, and no one's ever going to see this, but that's probably the most important part of the structure. You got to take time in your life to develop the foundation before you start throwing all this other stuff on top of it. And so the foundation of your life should be what's true. You need the right set of facts, the right set of information. You can't just be making it up as you go as a Christian, we don't build our life on like having faith in faith. Right, if we just believe enough, if we're just believing strong enough, then life will work out. Really, I don't think so. It's got to have faith in the truth. You got to believe the truth. You gotta know the right answers the way that life and the world was formed. You know, if you plan a st you know, a plant in the wrong kind of soil, well, you know, good luck. It's not going to work. If you build a house on the wrong kind of structure, again, it's not going to work. You might believe it's going to work. All this is going to be great. I'M gonna I'm gonna do this thing, and you got a hundred percent passion and a hundred percent energy and you got all the workforce in the world. But if it's not truly a solid foundation, it's not going to work. And so when we build our life as Christians, we got to build it on the truth, the truth of God's Word, and see if Christ is your foundation, you have no need to move anywhere else. If your foundation is strong, you don't have to move anywhere else. And so notice, where do our roots go? They go into Jesus. Where is your foundation? What is your foundation? It is Jesus. And everything in your world is going to try to pull you in a different direction, it is going to try and take you in a different way. And Paul keeps coming back, we keep coming back to the fact that Jesus is enough. Jesus is enough. And so Paul tells us, then, that let your roots grow down into him, let your lives be built on him, and let your faith grow strong in the truth that you were taught. Like you were being taught truth. Do My best, we do our best to teach you truth here on Sunday mornings, but if that's all the truth you're ever taking in, it's probably not enough. You should be taking in truth, learning truth, building your life on truth all throughout the week in different ways, reading the Bible, listening to other sermons or taking in it in different ways. There's a lot of content out there and just continue to develop and work on that. But one of the best ways to build your life on truth is to not just sit there and take it in, but to take it in with the purpose of giving it out, to share it, like trying to teach something to somebody else. Makes you process things a whole lot differently. It makes you actually get it through your brain, because it's got to go from here out through your mouth and come from a hard and all this stuff. And so if you have the opportunity to talk about what you are taking in, it is super helpful in solidifying what you know and what you believe to be true, because if you're studying and growing in God's word, you will not be enticed by false doctrine. And so you're like, okay, how do I know if I am my roots are in the right place? How do I know if my foundation is right? How do I know if I'm studying the right things in the Bible? It's a big, scary book. Paul gives us a little indication. He says that you will overflow with thankfulness thankfulness is like that light that shines like hey, you're doing it, you're doing a something right. You're this is working, this is making sense. If you're thankful, are you thankful for what God has given you? Because if you're thankful, then why turn from the fullness of Christ? If you're thankful for what God has provided, what Jesus has provided, your thankful for the truth that he's revealed to you, then why why look anywhere else? And so, to summarize all of that, it's a grounded, growing grateful believer will not be taken captive. A grounded, growing grateful believer will not be taken captive. And so remember the goal today is to not...

...let you be taken captive. I don't want to see you be taken captive by all the stuff that's trying to pull you away from Jesus. That Jesus is enough. And here's how Paul all says it. He says don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world rather than from Christ. So don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies philosophy is the love of wisdom. Really, if you just break the word down, it's a scientific quest actually to discover ultimate reality. There's many philosophies about life and many of them are empty. Like if you actually ask the questions and probe around and look around, how does this apply and all of these different scenarios, it's not going to leave you with satisfying answers. There's a lot of beliefs about our existence and the purpose of life and all of that stuff, and they're all if you dig into them, they're empty. And then he says don't let anyone capture you with high sounding nonsense. No matter how good something sounds, no matter how pretty the presentation is, no matter how built up this guy's platform has, how many followers she has on social media, it doesn't matter. It might be coming from just there human thinking. And if you're building your life on what a human being teaches, is that a great foundation to build your life on? Is it coming from God or is it coming from a person? And then Paul says don't let anyone capture you with the spiritual powers of this world. This phrase in the Greek is a little difficult to translate it's rude, mannery principles of this world, the elementary principles of this world. It kind of has the idea of like the ABC's, like here's a sequence of things. Don't let you know, don't let these things take you away. It's like, what does that mean? It also kind of has the idea of these spiritual powers, these angels, these these spiritual forces. It could be like the elements, like the very basic elements earth, wind, fire and water. Those were things that in the first century they deified, they worshiped, you know, they kind of let those things control their life. So these basic things of the world, like don't let them take you captive. But here's the main issue. All of these things, the empty philosophies, the high sounding nonsense and the spiritual powers of this world, all of those things are opposed to Christ. Right. They're all rather than from Christ, like Christ is. It's his own thing. Jesus is his own thing and we want to base our life, stand our life on Jesus, because Jesus is enough. So let's build our life on Jesus, let's root our life in Jesus, let's spend time studying his word and be thankful and if you do those things, then you will have a hard time being taken captive. But everything in our world wants to take you captive, everything wants to capture you. Everything is fighting for your mind, everything is fighting for your heart every moment of every day. It's exhausting actually. But what they're saying is and is like if this cube is all that there ever is and all that there ever was, all matter, all energy, all mankind, is inside this box, they're trying to capture you and put you in this box. It's like in this room, imagine if you knew nothing about what happened outside this room. You would know nothing about a son, you would know nothing about birds, you would know nothing about animals or wind or. You would know only what you could see. And so you're like looking around, you're like these chairs are pretty comfy, you know, the the lights are pretty neat in here. It sounds good. This screen, it's like, Whoa, it's huge, it's so big. Where does it come from? How did it get here? You know, well, how did it get in? Then you're like all, look look back there, there's like a window and you kind of see the like kind of coming through the window. You're like I think. I think there's a machine back that there's something back there producing this this image. I don't know what it is. We...

...can't go out there to study it or look at it or, you know, put a put a word on it. We I don't know what that is. You know, we're kind of looking and I don't really know. And I think if we were to live in that reality for I don't know, a long enough time, maybe a sad, terrible reality, but if we were, I think eventually somebody would get like frustrated with the whole thing and just be like, all right, forget it, let's just put a wall up, let's just put a car piece of cardboard up against that glass window back there and just forget about that screen, because I don't know how to explain it. It's kind of frustrating. You know, whatever it just comes up with all these different things and we can't control it. We don't know what to do with it, so let's just block it out of our world, block out out of our cube. I don't know what to do with it. And so the our world, our culture, the enemy, our flesh, that that will all those that they're trying to capture you and put you in a box. We're saying everything, matter, energy, all of mankind, we all are in this box. But the problem is with that world view, with that way you see the world, that means nothing exists outside the box. But if you believe in a God, he exists outside of the box, he lives outside of this box. And the that's not a deistic God where he exists and he doesn't do anything. God revealed himself to us inside of the box. He came in the person of Jesus Christ and he's given us his word and he he's involved inside the box, but yet he exists outside of it. And these two ways of seeing the world lead to two very different conclusions about life. If everything can be studied and found and scientifically manipulated and organized and all that stuff inside the box, then you're going to end up with a set of conclusions. Or if God exists outside of the box, you're going to end up with a different set of conclusions. So, for example, inside the box, inside the box, everything is pulling and pushing and forcing and manipulating you to divide. It wants to pull you apart, it wants to separate you, wants you to fight against everything, and you might agree that we live in a very divided world of divided time. That's just the way. The world, the culture, everything is pulling for the vision and God, on the other hand, is fighting for unity. He's saying stay together, you can figure this out together, you can work through this together, and our world is just pulling us, trying to capture us into division, like, for example, with marriage. God designed this beautiful relationship to be a picture of our relationship with God, the way a husband and a wife come together and their one. They're united, and our world, our culture, our flesh, is pulling everybody to divorce and separation, and you don't need that. It's the fight of the pictures, unity versus division. Then there's diversity. What God says should never come together or should be different. The world says you will. It's fine, you can all be one, you can all just be united as one thing. And so, yes, I mean, if you're listening to anything going on in our world, they're fighting for diversity, aren't they? They're pushing for it, they're saying, Ay, you know, we're propping up people that are different and different race and different in sexuality and gender and saying like diversity, diversity, diversity, and God's God wants things to be diverse. Right, people, there's value in a lot of different people, different opinions. I think everyone would agree, right, everyone would agree, that a group is better, a family is better, an organization is better when you have different opinions, diverse viewpoints, diverse perspectives, diverse gifts and abilities that are all coming together for a common purpose, versus everyone being exactly the same, like robots. Right, that wouldn't be any fun. But what's interesting in this particular division, and I think we see him in a couple other of the battles, is that when the world is pushing so hard for diversity, like you have to be diverse, you have to,...

...you have to, you have to, you have to, what actually happens is you press so hard into diversity that you end up excluding everyone that doesn't have the same definition of diversity that you do and really you end up with unity or unification. And it's an interesting dynamic of what we see playing out in this world and God saying no, there are things that are created differently for a reason and we embrace all of those things, those people, those those viewpoints, those perspectives, those those things. In Our world is like now, there's one there's one way, there's one flow that's going here, and if you don't follow in line with that, then I don't need you. A part of what's going on here, we see a play out with roles and jealousy. God has designed different roles to happen. Right in a relationship and marriage relationship, a husband and wife have different roles to play. In a work and environment, you have an employee and an employer and they have different roles. And yet there's everything inside of us, the world pushing for I wish I had a different role. I deserve better, I deserve what they have. I deserve that, I want that, I want to make that decision. I want you know, and there's everything that's trying to capture you to be jealous about what other people have and what God has set up into the different roles that he has strategically and sovereignly placed in our world. It's plays itself out in responsibility and blame. God says to take responsibility for things like Yep, that's my fault, I own it, that's my thing. This is my child, my son or daughter, and yes, I'm going to provide, I'm going to do this for them, and the world, the culture, everything else is saying no, it's not your fault. Blame somebody else. They are responsible for the government made that decision, your parents made that decision, whatever the case, maybe just blame, blame, find somebody to blame, because it certainly can't be your fault or it's not your responsibility. How about authority and rebellion? God has set unique people to be an authority over organizations and groups and countries, and we have to learn how to live with that authority. But yet everything inside of us is trying to rebel against that. We want to do our own thing. Who are you to tell me what to do? We want to fight against that. When we grow up with our parents, it's like, well, you didn't, you weren't, you weren't living and you weren't. You know my age when all this stuff was going on. So I know a lot better than you do. And so we're fighting against the rebellion the authority of our parents or delegation versus tyranny. God wants us to work together. We all have different responsibilities and roles and it's like yeah, you go ahead and do that. Yeah, you go ahead and do that. We're all in this together and the world is pulling and fighting for you, to try to capture you, to say, oh no, no, it's all about you. Man, however much power that you can provide, you know, get for yourself. You better get it, you better keep it, you better hold it tightly, because you can't give that to anybody else. You earned it, you deserve it. Really, all of these things come down to freedom or bondage. The world, the culture of the enemy, however you wanted to find, its pushing for this, that's trying to capture you to live your life this way. It's trying to tempt you, to entice you, to bring you to live your life this way. It might promise you success, it might give you status, it might give you money and might give you relationships and it's going to look good at my feel good and you might want to live your life over here, but if you do, you're going to live your life in bondage. But what God provides is that he wants to give you a life of freedom, a life that enjoys his purpose, a thriving life and abundant life, and he wants you to have that and I want you to stay over there. I wanted you to live in the life that God has for you to live and not get caught up, not get captured, not get confused, not get sidetrack, not get enticed, or whatever the case may be, into a life that ends up in bondage. There's a battle for your soul, there's a battle for your mind every single moment of every single day, and Paul tells us that it's in Christ. All the fullness of God is in the human body. And so also, you are complete through your union with Christ. You are complete. You...

...don't have to go anywhere else do anything else other than what Jesus has given you, your union with God, because of what God has provided, and he is the head over every ruler and authority. He's in control of all of it. You don't need to go anywhere else. And this is a real thing right. This is this is what Paul's telling them. Is Jesus was real and we're going to move into a time of communion. Now know we've talked about a whole lot of things, but I want to do this and I thought it was a great idea to do it because I want you to again center on the center, focus on what is most important, and what Paul was telling us here is this, is that Christ live in in Christ all the fullness of God in a human body, like Jesus was a real person, a hundred percent God, a hundred percent man. He had a real physical body, he died on a real physical cross, he paid for your sin from mine and he really physically rose from the dead and they and he was placed in a real physical tomb and and after rising from the dead, he ascended into a real heaven and a real physical Jesus is coming back to this earth in the future, like these are all true things that are happening and you can build your life on them. So in just a minute I'm going to play some music and you all can stand up and you can make your way to the tables. You can grab a cup of juice and a cup with a little wafer on it. Grab one of those and take it back to your seat. There's one up here and there's one in the middle over here. If you need my help to crab them, I can help you do that, or other people would gladly help you bring those to your tape bring them back to your seat, but go up and grab them and bring them back and then we're going to take them together as we celebrate and remember what Jesus has done for us. The Cup represents Jesus blood that was shed for you and for me, and this body the is represented by the little piece of bread that was broken on the cross for you and for me. And so I just want to take a minute before we do that, just a moment of silence, and I want you to just think about where do you stand on those competing view points of the world. Which side do you find yourself more on? Have you been taken captive by the things of this world or are you living an abundant, free life in Christ and I encourage you that today, because of what Jesus has done for you, you can live your life in freedom. You can live your life in abundant, thriving life. You don't have to be held captive anymore. And so just take a minute and pray and ask God to speak to you. Maybe there's a particular area of your life that you want to kind of say, God, I've been I've been captured in this particular area, so please free me from that I believe that he will. So let's take a moment of silence and just think about that, and then I will play the song and you can stand up and we'll finish our service today. God help us not to be taken captive millions of things that want to compete for our mind, in our heart. Help us to rest squarely on what you've done for us, Jesus. Help us to celebrate and remember that now in Jesus name. Amen. So you often stay in up and come and grab this Cup in the breadly, what themerscy? Okay, should leave me now. It's turn my whole. So the old that's just what the CEO how I overcome...

...and the power of blood freedom was embraced, the power of so much power in the bloods. On the night that you portrayed, he took the bread and he broke it and he said this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. And later that night, after supper, Jesus took the cup and he said this Cup is a new covenant in my blood. Do This in remembrance of me, for as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do remember the Lord's death until he comes again and drink. Lord Jesus, I just thank you that we can center our mind and our hearts on you. There's so many things in this world that are forcing us, fighting for us to fit into this box, and God, you live outside of it. We trust you, we believe in you and, man, it makes us feel weird in this world. We feel like we don't fit in, we don't feel like we just see the world so differently, and I just pray for us today, as believers, that we can embrace that, that we are different, we are set apart and, Lord Jesus, it's because of what you have done on the cross for us that we can live our life. You know, entirely different way than the world, and help us to stand strong on that, to not be moved. May Our roots go down deep and may our life be built on the solid foundation that is Christ in Jesus name. Amen, you stand and close. Will Sing this song as we close. Jesus only, Jesus Jesus, thanks so much for being here today. Connect...

US, church. I remember that connection card and we will see you next time. You are value. You are value, but what is the value of you like if you could put a number on it would be a million and that seems like a lot of maybe some of you find some of us find our value in our appearance, or we find value in our status, we found value in our position. Can't work. We can find value in all different kinds of places, but I think we should find our value from one person, in one person alone, and that person is the one who created you, the one who made you, and the one who purchased you, the one who bought you. So you were created in the image of God and you were purchased by God. So so, how much did God give the purchase you, to buy you back? How much did he give? Well, he gave everything that he possibly could, including his very own life. He purchased you with everything that he could, and so he died...

...on that cross to pay the penalty for your sin. He paid for you, is in even his very life. And so we should find our value in the cross. We should find our value in the chromes. The the house parents said that they're going to take time and pray for the writing of the Canyon Constitution. Okay, again contexts. These kids are between three and seven. They probably can't even say the word constitution very well or know what letter it starts with. But in that time it wasn't some few minutes. We talk about twenty minutes to a half hour, and these kids were just spraying. They were just praying. Some were standing on seas somewhere, you know, walking around, some re lying on the floor. The just mimicking what they've seen their other parents and the leaders do as they pray. Again, I don't know if they could pray for a constitution because they don't know what that is. But at the end of the day, the fact was these kids weren't waiting for the twenty minutes to be over. It wasn't just passing time. These kids were really from their small little hearts praying for the issues that were going on and for me it was impactful. I think I was seated somewhere on the floor, and then I just remember the small little hands, you know, as the kids would walk around just praying. Francie Jordan and Auntie Jen, who is a friend of mine who is also there, and just taking a moment to be a fly on the wall and to look at these little kids, understanding they have come from extreme situation. Most of them were they came to the children's center, were on their last breast in and we didn't know if guys were going to survive, and to see how they go from a situation like that to a situation just full of life because of Jesus. It really brought me to a place where I had to ask these questions that Kevin was asking. This faith that I've grown up with, this this thing that I'm doing, is it really changing who I am? Is it really changing what I'm doing, or is it just a box that I'm taking? Because I don't need another thing in my life that's going to just take a box, you know, I need something that's going to be as real for me as praying for the constitution that these kids were doing, and it was something for me coming from that trip. Specifically, it made me think, you know what, it has to be real, you know, and I remember praying and telling God, if this is not real, if this is not something off that, if I don't want it, because then it also is misleading to other people who are looking for something real. And I believe all of us are here because we're looking for that real connection. You know, we talk about a plan on words and being connected in things and the you know what we're calling are ourselves. Are Meeting time or church with is being connected and it's important to be connected to each other. It's important to be connected to a larger body, to a fellowship you knowing in your marriage, relationships with your kids that it's important to be connected. But the single most.

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