Putting Christ First: Changing Clothes, part 1: Taking of the Old Colossians 3:5-11

April 24th, 2017

Putting Christ First: Changing Clothes, part 1: Taking off the Old

Colossian 3:5-11

Putting the Old Man Down (v. 5-7)

  • Paul calls us to put to death everything in us that is at odds with the new life that Christ is building in us

    • Because we have died to our old lives (v. 3)
  • This includes:
    • Sexual immorality (porneia): refers to any kind of sexual sin
    • Impurity: refers more generally to any kind of moral corruption
    • Passion: refers to sinful sexual thoughts; lust
    • Evil desire: Refers to the human sinful impulse
      • Our default mode apart from Christ is to sin
    • Covetousness: Greed; an inappropriate desire for more
      • This can mean money, power, pleasure, etc.
      • Which Paul equates with idolatry
        • Because it is placing a love for things over our love for God
      • This way of living is what leads to death
        • But it also led Jesus to the Cross to remove the wrath that our sinful life deserves (see John 3:36; Rom. 1:18; 2:5, 8; 3:5-6; 5:9; 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9)
      • But, notice Paul’s use of the past tense in v. 7
        • Something has changed

 

Taking off the Old Self (v. 8-11)

  • We are called to change

    • Starting with how we think

      • Anger, Wrath, & Malice: negative, vengeful thoughts towards other
    • Moving to how we speak
      • Slander: Tearing other down
      • Obscene talk: Blasphemy; speaking wrongly about God
    • Which results in lying to one another
  • This change comes about as we put off the old self
    • And take up our new identity in Christ

      • When we seek Jesus, we begin to look more and more like Him
      • And this includes no longer seeing ourselves or others by ethnicity or social standing (v. 11)

So What?

  • If Jesus has made us new, our we putting the old us to death?

    • And are we ready for Him to conform us to look like He does?
  • Next week: Putting on the New

 

Meditation Verse: Col. 3:10

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The Empty Tomb: Mark 16: 1-8; various texts

April 17th, 2017

The Empty Tomb

Mark 16:1-8; Various Texts

 

The Joy of the Resurrection

  • Part of Jesus’ mission was to impart His joy to those who trust in Him (John 15:11; 17:13)
  • Jesus went to the Cross because of joy (Heb. 12:2)
  • Joy is rooted in perspective
    • It is not happiness, which is based upon circumstances
    • Joy sees beyond the immediate to the final outcome
      • For Jesus, the final outcome was eternity with us

 

The Hope of the Empty Tomb

  • Hope is deeply connected to joy (Rom. 12:12)
  • Hope is the confident expectation that God is working out everything for our good (Rom. 8:28)
  • The Empty Tomb represents hope
    • Because Jesus is alive, we have real hope that in Him we can have real, eternal life

      • This comes through faith in Him
      • And in His death and victory (1 John 5:4-5; 1 Cor. 15:54-57)

 

So What?

  • Because Jesus is alive, we can have joy to move through every hardship of life
  • Because Jesus is alive, we can have hope that God is working through everything for our good
  • Because Jesus is alive, we can have real live now and forever
  • Do you believe that He is alive?!

 

 

Meditation Verse: Revelation 1:17b-18

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Sins Of Omission. James 4:17

April 5th, 2017

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