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Colossians - Week 4

Perhaps you have been plagued with the question, "Can I ever really change?" You have tried everything that you can think of, but it just seems you are helpless to change. You want to change! You know you should change! You're just not sure if you CAN change. You are not alone! All of us have wondered at some point, "Will I ever change?"

Big Idea: Real change begins with a new life!

Key Verses: Colossians 3: 1-17

1So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died,and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5Therefore, put to death what belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed,which is idolatry. 6Because of these, God’s wrath is coming upon the disobedient, 7and you once walked in these things when you were living in them.  8But now, put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth.  9Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices  10and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator.  11In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.

12Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. 14Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

©2017 Holman Bible Publishers

Key Thought: Our new life gives us a new identity.

Key Thought: Our new life gives us a new way of living.

Key Thought: How? How do we make this happen?

The Take-Away: New life begins with a new birth!