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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.

 

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SERIES TITLE: WHAT NOT TO WEAR

PART 3: Grateful By Design 

TEXT:  Colossians 3:15-17

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.

Gratitude doesn’t usually happen accidentally. It has to be intentional. Do you agree with that statement? Why or why not?

EXAMINATION. 

Notice that each of the three verses in our text mentions thanks or gratitude. Although there are a number of great truths in these verses, gratitude is a consistent theme. Answering three questions will help us cultivate a thankful heart.

V.15 Question #1—Am I ruled by Christ’s peace? “Rule” means to act as an umpire, to arbitrate, to decide. What does it mean to let the peace of Christ make the call in my life?

When is that rule necessary?

What part does the rest of the body of Christ play?

V.16 Question #2—Am I making room for God’s Word? What does it mean to let God’s truth remain in me?

While “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” is not a strict classification of music, here are possible definitions: Psalms are OT psalms set to music; hymns may refer to NT songs such as Luke 1:46-55 and 67-79, John 1:1-5, Revelation 5:9-10, 12-13; and spiritual songs may be those with lyrics not directly from Scripture, but consistent with it and written to glorify God. Does this help to inform our tastes or styles of worship music?

How should the guideline of singing “with gratitude in your hearts to God” impact our worship?

v.17 Question # 3—Am I operating in Jesus’ name? What does it look like to do everything in Jesus’ name?

What is it about Jesus that should provoke praise and thanksgiving in us?

Consider the following passages as they relate to this principle: Acts 4:18; Acts 16:18; Acts 21:13; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 5:4; Ephesians 5:20.

APPLICATION.

  • If I allow the peace of God to umpire my decisions and situations, how does that help me be thankful?
  • What are some situations that might require you to “wear gratitude until it fits”?
  • How can Scripture and spiritual songs help you to “wear gratitude until it fits”?
  • Look at Psalm 100 and discuss the parallels between it and our three questions.
  • Read Daniel 6:10 and see if this is an example of being thankful even when you don’t feel like it.
  • 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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