SERMON NOTES


Colossians 3:1-3 NIV
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:9-10 NIV
9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Colossians 3:18-20 NIV
18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Our family relationships are not a safe space for indulging our old self, but a primary place where God calls us to live out our new self.

Colossians 3:12 NIV
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Packing for the Trip:
Compassion
Kindness
Humility
Gentleness
Patience

Colossians 3:12 NIV
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Reflect on one of your more memorable family road trips or vacations. What made it memorable? What made it fun? What made it stressful? What lessons did you learn about life and family?

This weekend we learned that our family relationships are a primary place where God wants to form us spiritually. Why do you think this is true? What is it about our family relationships that make them fertile ground for spiritual growth? What are some obstacles to spiritual growth within the typical family? How specifically could those obstacles be addressed?

When we surrender our lives to King Jesus and put our faith in Him to rescue us, our position changes. Our old sinful life starts to die and His resurrection life becomes our life!

Read Colossians 3:1-4 In light of being “raised with Christ”, what does the Apostle Paul say we should do? What does it mean to set your hearts and minds on things above? Why is this important? How can we create environments in our homes to assist this?

Read Colossians 3:5-11 What does it meant to “take off your old self with its evil practices?” What do you think this is such a struggle? What can empower Christians to be able to successfully do this? Note the sinful behaviors Paul lists. What specific behavior has been a struggle for you within your family relationships? What’s a first step you can take this week to begin to lay it aside?

Read Colossians 3:12 What three words does the Apostle use to describe God’s people? How do those three words inform our identity in Christ? What five virtues are used to describe the new clothes of the “new self?” Which virtue do you most need to “put on” within your family relationships this week?

Spend time this week praying for each of your family members and close friends. Use Colossians 3:1-12 to inform your prayers.