Devotion: Love God With All Your Heart, Soul and Mind

Sermon from CCM Fallowfield



This sermon was preached by Tim Simmonds at the Fallowfield site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 4th September 2022.



This sermon was based on Colossians 2:6-23.

Alive in Christ

6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

8See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 9For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

Let No One Disqualify You

16Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

20If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22(referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.


Walking Is Not Simple

• Danger on our journey.
• What are we being taught, who do we follow?

Who Are You Following?

• Human traditions, philosophies, lies or Jesus.
• Surrounded by world views.
• Family, peer pressures and influences.
• How do we walk in Jesus?

Where Do You Begin?

• Looking at the bigger picture, the whole route first.
• Starting with Jesus.

God Invites You on the Walk

• God gives us the power to walk.
• Once we were dead and now being restored in Christ.
• Foundation = key to maturity, boldness and trusting in God.
• The beginning, the middle and end.
• Making progress, getting better, bolder and trusting in God.

How Does the Walk Transform Us?

• How does walking in Jesus bring change?
• Relationship brings righteousness.
• Church grows in strength through the whole body holding tight to Jesus.
• Christianity being a performance to impress others.
• How’s your walk? How are you clinging on to Jesus?



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