Sermon preached by Matthew DelValle on June 11, 2023 at First Baptist Church in Delphi, Indiana. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠First Baptist Church⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ is an evangelical church in Delphi, Indiana helping people find and follow Jesus. Our mission is to declare God’s truth, disciple God’s people, delight in God’s Son, and display God’s glory. Join us for Sunday Worship at 10:30am. Sunday School begins at 9:30am. We gather at 103 S. Indiana Street, Delphi, Indiana 46923.

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Key Truth:  Bad theology leads to bad practice, so stay connected to Christ for growth in godliness.

1.  Legalism:  The Danger of Ultra-Biblical Christianity [Colossians 2:16–17]
      A.  Caution:  Don’t let anyone judge you
      B.  Critique:
            1)  Special Diets
            2)  Special Days
                    i.  Annual (“a festival”)
                   ii.  Monthly (“a new moon”)
                  iii.  Weekly (“a Sabbath day”)
      C.  Cure:  Substance is in Christ!

2.  Mysticism:  The Danger of Super-Spiritual Christianity [Colossians 2:18–19]
      A.  Caution:  Don’t let anyone disqualify you
      B.  Critique:
            1)  Delighting in Ascetic Practices and the Worship of Angels
            2)  Claiming Access to a Visionary Realm
            3)  Being Inflated by Empty Notions of their Unspiritual Mind
            4)  Not Holding on to the Head
      C.  Cure:  Hold on to the Head!

3.  Asceticism:  The Danger of Extra-Pure Christianity [Colossians 2:20–23]
      A.  Caution:  Don’t submit to ascetic regulations
      B.  Critique:
            1)  It Refers to What Is Destined to Perish
            2)  It Is Based on Human Teachings
            3)  It Has the Appearance of Wisdom
            4)  It Doesn’t Work
      C.  Cure:  You died with Christ!