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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 2: Dressed to Match 

TEXT:  Colossians 3:11-14

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.

When people accuse the church of being filled with hypocrites, what kinds of things might they be referring to?

EXAMINATION. 

V.11 What types of differences are represented by these people groups?

Since we are all different, what needs to be true for us to keep all our differences from dividing us?

V.12 Consider this three-fold reminder of our identity in Christ. Explore what it means to be chosen (1 Peter 2:9); holy (Hebrews 10:10-14); dearly loved (Ephesians 5:1-2).

What follows is a list of 8 qualities that put on display what God has done in our hearts.

Compassion=tenderness toward the suffering and miserable. Compassion is an attribute of God. Consider Psalm 51:1 and 2 Corinthians 1:3. What is an example of God’s compassion?

Kindness=gracious disposition. This is not a normal characteristic of those who do not believe, see Romans 3:12. Compare 1 Samuel 20:1-17.

Humility. Consider the example of Moses in Numbers 12. (See also Romans 12:3 and Philippians 2:4-5)

Gentleness=care about the rights and feelings of others. What does biblical gentleness look like?

Patience=endure insults without immediate retaliation. How does 1 Timothy 1:15-16 inform our practice of patience?

V.13 Bear with=put up with things we dislike in others. (Romans 15:1-3)

Forgive=give grace. What does it mean to give grace to others?

V.14 Love. This means that love is what holds all the other characteristics together, or that love is the most important of all of the characteristics, or that all the characteristics are summed up by love. (Romans 13:8) How does the Bible define agape love?

A guiding principle that emerges from this teaching can be expressed this way:

When Life Fractures You, What Spills Out Should Match Who You Really Are.

APPLICATION.

  • Is it true that Christians tend to substitute other things for these qualities? For example, how can clothes, or rules, or rituals, or excuses become substitutes for practicing kindness, forgiveness, and so on?
  • How could a church better promote and encourage these qualities in those who follow Jesus?
  • Which of the eight qualities do you find the most challenging?
  • What are the limits of forgiveness and bearing with each other? In other words, do we overlook every sin and ignore evil behavior? Why or why not?
  • Our struggle to put on these eight qualities should not cause us to doubt our salvation. We are in the process of being renewed (3:10). It is helpful for us to test ourselves, to see if we are living out our identity in Christ (see 2
  • Corinthians 13:5). How can we avoid the danger of seeing these qualities as a way of “earning” our salvation?
  • 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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