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Putting Christ Back in Christianity – Part 6

“PUTTING CHRIST BACK IN CHRISTIANITY – Part 6”

 The Preeminence of Christ In Our Character (Col. 3:12-17)

I. WHAT TO PUT ON (3:12).

  1. We are the elect (chosen) of God (Jn. 15:16, 19; Eph. 1:4; 2Thess. 2:13; 1Pet. 2:9; Rev. 17:14; 1Cor. 1:26-29).
  2. We are called to be holy – living a life separated unto God (Eph. 1:4; 1Pet. 1:15-16; Heb. 12:14).
  3. We are beloved – well-loved by God (Jer. 31:3; etc.).
  4. We are called to put on (v. 12b):
    1. tender mercies – gentleness flowing from compassion.
    2. kindness – being nice to people (Gal. 5:22).
    3. humility (Rom. 12:3; James 4:6, 10).
    4. meekness – a quiet (gentle, humble) strength.
    5. longsuffering – being patient with difficult people.
  5. HOW DO WE PUT ON THESE QUALITIES?
    1. Decide to because God says so.
    2. Take responsibility for your behavior.
    3. Ask God for these qualities and trust the Holy Spirit to produce them in you.
    4. Nurture by seeking God and His Word.
    5. Consider inviting someone to hold you accountable.

II. HOW TO TREAT ONE ANOTHER (3:13-14).

  1. Bear with one another – patient with mistakes (v. 13).
  2. Forgive one another (as Christ forgave you; Matt. 6:14-15).
  3. Love one another (v. 14).

III. HOW TO LIVE (vv. 15-17).

  1. Let the peace of God rule in your hearts (v. 15a; Gal. 5:22; Jn. 14:27; 16:33; Eph. 2:14; Rom. 5:1; Phil. 4:6-7).
  2. Be relationally & functionally connected to the body (v. 15b).
    1. Be at peace with others (Rom. 12:18; Heb. 12:14; 1Thess. 5:13).
  3. Be Thankful (see also 1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:17; 4:2; 1Thess. 5:18).
  4. Let the word of Christ dwell in you (v. 16a; 2Tim. 2:15).
  5. Teach (disciple) & admonish (exhort) one another (v. 16b).
    1. One way is through the songs we sing (v. 16b; 1Cor. 14:15).
  6. Do everything in in the name of the Lord Jesus (v. 17).

Conclusion: Let’s give Christ preeminence in our character!