Too Heavenly Minded?

I thought I might introduce myself to the Feeding on Christ blog with a sermon I have preached on a few occasions. I share this not because I think I am a great preacher (I am not), but I have a great gospel that proclaims a great Savior. I trust this will be a blessing!

Text: Col. 3:1-17 (ESV)

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. [3] For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. [4] When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. [5] Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. [6] On account of these the wrath of God is coming. [7] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. [8] But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. [9] Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices [10] and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. [11] Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

[12] Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, [13] bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. [14] And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. [15] And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. [16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. [17] And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Introduction: Too Heavenly-Minded?

Have you ever heard the expression “John Doe is so heavenly minded he is no earthly good”? When we think of heavenly-minded people perhaps Medieval Roman Catholic monks and nuns come to mind. Or perhaps we think of the great mystics of the faith like Thomas A Kempis, the author of The Imitation of Christ. Or maybe we think of seminary students with their heads in the clouds studying and debating abstruse theological topics all day long. Clearly the popular notion is that to be heavenly-minded is to be of no earthly good…

You can read the rest of the sermon here.

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