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Introduction. 

This series focuses on chapter three of Paul’s letter to Christians living in the city of Colossae. Paul writes to warn believers about false teaching that blended the religious ideas and spiritism of that society, with the gospel of Jesus. Paul asserts the supremacy of Christ over all powers and spirits. He provides solid teaching of our identity as believers, as being complete in Christ.

 

Audio Version 

SERIES TITLE: WHAT NOT TO WEAR

PART 1: THE OLD LIFE 

TEXT:  Colossians 3:1-11

INTRODUCTION.

This series focuses on chapter three of Paul’s letter to Christians living in the city of Colossae. Paul writes to warn believers about false teaching that blended the religious ideas and spiritism of that society, with the gospel of Jesus. Paul asserts the supremacy of Christ over all powers and spirits. He provides solid teaching of our identity as believers, as being complete in Christ.

DISCUSSION.

Paul repeatedly emphasizes that we were dead in sin, but are now alive in Christ (see 2:13). Discuss the significance of being dead in sin and being made alive. How does a proper understanding of these concepts affect our lives?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv1-2 What does it mean to set your heart on things above? Should this make us indifferent to things on earth? Why or why not?

Vv.3-4 What part of life is hidden with Christ?

Vv.5-6 If we have been raised with Christ, why do we even have to struggle with sins like these?

In what ways are these specific sins a form of idolatry?

Vv.7-8 How is this list of sins different from the list in v.5? Consider these brief definitions of each word. Anger=settled feeling of resentment; Rage=sudden outbursts; Malice=nasty disposition; Slander=insulting talk; Filthy language=abusive words.Do we take these kinds of attitudes and speech patterns seriously enough? Are they more tolerated by others or in ourselves than the other list of sins? How do we “get rid of” these things?

Vv.9-11 Lying gets special mention. Is that a particular problem between others in the body of Christ?

When we continue to practice things that were part of our “old self,” we are not living up to our true identity in Christ. How can we tell if we are being renewed?

APPLICATION.

  • Why are we ever satisfied with living like the old self?
  • What programs, opportunities, or resources at Cypress Bible Church are aimed at helping us get rid of things that belong to the old life?
  • If we take seriously the charge not to lie to each other, how could that be a means of helping each other live up to our identity?
  • Compare and contrast this passage with Ephesians 4:20-32.
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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