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Saturday, 09 June 2007 15:46

Colossians 3:5-7 - “Put Evil Desires to Death”
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Passage Outline

  1. What you should put to death: Evil Desires v. 5

5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:

    1. Deeds

sexual immorality,


    1. (Stemming from) Desires


evil desire,

and covetousness,

which is idolatry.

  1. Why you should put them to death: God’s Evaluation and Response v. 6

6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.

  1. How you should put them to death: In Your Walk and Your Life v. 7

7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.

For Discussion

  1. Therefore” points us back to the ground of Christian character in vv. 1-4. On what foundation is Christian character grounded?

  2. Paul connects the exalted doctrine in vv. 1-4 with very practical exhortations in vv. 5ff. How should Christian doctrine and the Christian life relate to one another in your experience? Do you tend to prefer one over the other?

  3. How does Paul’s command “Put to death” build on what he said in Col. 2:20 and 3:3?

  4. What is earthly in you” is literally “your members that are on the earth.” “Members” literally means “body parts.” In light of Col. 2:11, and Eph. 4:22, 24, are these “members” spiritual or physical? Are our physical body parts themselves sinful? Are they used for sin? See Rom. 6:12-13; Matt. 5:29-30.

  5. Where do evil desires like those listed come from? Consider James 3:14-15.

  6. The list of evil desires moves from specific to general, from deed to desire. For each item in the list, give an example of a situation in which you could be tempted to give in to that sin, and what practical actions would be the right way to put that sin to death.

  7. Is every desire evil? Consider Luke 17:22, 22:15; 1 Thess. 2:17; Heb. 6:11.

  8. In what ways is greed equal to idolatry? Consider Matt. 6:24.

  9. Can a believer receive God’s wrath? See 1 Thess. 1:9-10; Heb. 12:6-7.

  10. What consequences of sin can a believer receive? See 1 Pet. 2:11; James 4:1-3, 1:15.

  11. What are the eternal consequences of unrepentant sin? See Gal. 6:8; 1 Cor. 6:9; Rev. 21:8.

  12. Think literally about the path your feet take during the course of a normal day. At what points do you face a temptation to give in to evil desires? That’s where you need to decide to “put to death” those desires!

  13. What desires tend to drive you during a normal day? Which are good? Which are evil? Remember which ones are evil the next time you face them!

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Saturday, 09 June 2007 15:43

Colossians 3:8-11
Put Away Social Sins”
Tim Black

  1. Introduction

    1. Illustration:

      1. Polish jokes.

        1. Example: Did you hear about the Polish man who came to his pastor saying “Please allow me to divorce my wife, because I know she wants to kill me?” His pastor replied, “What makes you think she wants to kill you?” The man said “It’s because she is refinishing my favorite wood chair.” The pastor told him his wife was refinishing the chair because she loved her husband, not because she wanted to kill him. The Polish man went home but came back the next week saying “Now I’m sure she wants to kill me, and I have proof! I looked in the closet where she keeps the chemicals she is using on my favorite chair, and the bottle she’s using says ‘Polish Remover!’” : )

        2. Why do we make fun of Polish people? At some point in history, our society came to think Polish people were unintelligent and so worthy of ridicule. We so easily take outward differences of intelligence, class, gender, or national identity as reasons to ridicule and ostracize one another. But at the end of our passage today, Paul tells us we must not allow these superficial distinctions we make to divide us as fellow members of Christ’s church.

    2. Review. In this passage Paul continues to teach us to put off the old man of non-Christian character and put on the new man of Christian character. What characterizes the old man is a love of self on the inside, and a hatred of others on the outside. And what characterizes the new man is selfless love on the inside, and thankful blessing on the outside. In our passage today Paul teaches you to put away your hatred toward others on the outside. And centrally, he exhorts you to put away social sins.

    3. Sermon Outline. In this passage Paul exhorts us to put away social sins in 3 aspects:

      1. Their Core: Hatred v. 8

      2. Their Expression: Lies vv. 9-10

      3. Their Effects: Superficial Distinctions v. 11

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Saturday, 09 June 2007 15:41

Colossians 3:8-11 - “Put Away Social Sins”
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Passage Outline

Put away social sins in 3 aspects:

  1. Their Core: Hatred v. 8

8 But now you must put them all away:

anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

  1. Their Expression: Lies vv. 9-10

9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that

you have put off the old self

with its practices

10 and have put on the new self,

which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator.

  1. Their Effects: Superficial Distinctions v. 11

11 Here there is not

Greek and Jew,

circumcised and uncircumcised,

barbarian, Scythian,

slave, free;

but Christ is all, and in all.



For Discussion

  1. To what period of a Christian’s life do the words “But now” in v. 8 refer? (When does it start?) What should be the characteristics of that period?

  2. In view of Paul’s words “put them all away,” is it right to tell yourself “Everyone gets angry sometimes” in order to excuse your anger? Consider Philippians 2:14. How about to excuse someone else’s anger? Consider Col. 3:13.

  3. In what ways is each vice listed in v. 8 contrary to the believer’s new life?

  4. What are some differences between righteous and unrighteous anger? Consider Ps. 139:21; Eph. 4:26-27.

  5. Umberto Eco says the difference between slander and satire is that satire is ultimately in jest, and slander is not. What are some subtle forms of slander we should watch out to avoid?

  6. What are the effects of telling a lie? Of telling the truth? Consider 1 Cor. 5:8; Eph. 4:25.

  7. What are the immutable aspects of the image of God? Consider Gen. 1:26-28, 9:6; James 3:9.

  8. What are the mutable aspects of the image of God? Consider v. 10; Eph. 4:24.

  9. What are some of the ways the book of Colossians teaches we are now being “renewed in knowledge?”

  10. In what ways are the social distinctions listed in v. 11 effects of social sins? In what ways does salvation reverse these effects, and remove these distinctions?

  11. What does Paul mean that “Christ is all, and in all?”

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Col. 2:11-15 - A Heart Freed By Christ PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 June 2007 15:24

Colossians 2:11-15
A Heart Freed by Christ”
Tim Black

  1. Introduction

    1. Issue

      1. Illustration

        1. Red-tailed hawk & rehabilitation program. For a time during high school I wanted to become a wildlife biologist, and study God’s amazing creatures in the wild. Because of this interest I had the privilege of accompanying a woman who rehabilitated injured wild animals on the day when she released a red-tailed hawk back into the wild. The hawk had been found with a broken wing, she had rehabilitated it, and now it was ready to be released. We drove to the top of a hill behind the town where I grew up, set the hawk’s cage among the wheat stubble some distance from the road, opened the door of the cage, and stepped back to watch it go free. The hawk stayed inside the cage for a minute, then stepped to the door of the cage, and realizing that the door was open and it was free to leave, the hawk spread its wings and flew to freedom. Now it was free again to live the way God made it to live. It was not made to live in a cage. It was made to fly.

      2. Explanation

        1. In salvation, God frees you from captivity to sin, and frees you to live the way He made you to live. A heart held captive to sin is like the hawk in the cage – it is held captive by an internal principle of sin like the hawk’s broken wing, by the legal guilt of sin like the laws that permitted the hawk to be kept in captivity, and the spiritual power of sin like the cage the held the hawk captive.

        2. The hawk was injured, and just like the hawk was injured, legally held captive, and kept in a cage, so you are held captive by the internal principle of sin, by the guilt of sin, and by the power of sin.

    2. Context

      1. Col. 2:8-10

        1. Do not be taken captive by a worldview that is according to the world

          • Its method of capture: “philosophy and empty deception”

          • Its source of knowledge: “traditions of men”

          • Its ultimate basis: “basic principles of the world”

        2. But rather, have a worldview that is according to Christ

          • Its ultimate basis: “in Him the fullness of deity dwells bodily”

          • Its source of knowledge: “you have been filled in Him”

          • Its method of freeing you: “who is the head of all rule and authority”

      2. Col. 2:11-23 says that you now have...

        1. A Heart Freed by Christ 11-15

        2. A Mind Freed by Christ 16-19

        3. A Life Freed by Christ 20-23

      3. So Col. 3:1-4 tells you to...

        1. Seek Christ with your heart 1

        2. Seek Christ with your mind 2

        3. Seek Christ with your life 3-4

    3. Summary of main points: A heart freed by Christ is a heart freed from the principle, the guilt, and the power of sin.

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Saturday, 09 June 2007 15:17

Colossians 2:11-15 - “A Heart Freed by Christ”
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Passage Outline

A Heart Freed by Christ is...

  1. Is a heart freed from the principle of sin 11-12

    1. Through Circumcision – the central problem in regeneration 11

      1. This circumcision is “Not made by hands

      2. This circumcision is more literally “the putting off of the body of flesh

      3. This is a circumcision performed “By Christ

    2. Through Baptism – the broader effects of regeneration 12

      1. Buried with Him

      2. Raised to life with Him

        1. Through faith

        2. In the working of God who raised Him from the dead

  2. Is a heart freed from the guilt of sin 13b-14

    1. Trespasses

    2. Record of debt with its legal demands

    3. Set aside

  3. Is a heart freed from the power of sin 13a, 15

    1. Dead...made alive 13a

    2. Disarmed...shame...triumphing over 15

      1. Christ has freed us from the spiritual power of temptations, accusations, misery, death, hell, control!

For Discussion

  1. What is the meaning of a circumcision made “without hands?” See Deut. 10:16, 30:6, Jer. 9:25-26, Rom. 2:28-29.

  2. What does the “flesh” mean in Paul’s terminology? See Gal. 6:16-24, Rom. 7:20-23.

  3. Do circumcision and baptism save? In what way were believers “buried with Him in baptism?”

  4. What are regeneration, justification, and sanctification? In each one, is a person active or passive?

  5. How are circumcision and baptism similar? How are they different?

  6. What is the central problem that regeneration solves?

  7. What are the broader effects of regeneration?

  8. Does regeneration cause faith? Or does faith cause regeneration?

  9. Is forgiveness all we need in justification? Or do we also need Christ’s positive righteousness imputed to our account?

  10. Luther spoke of our three great enemies as “the world, the flesh, and the Devil.” Does this passage show Christ’s victory over each one? How?

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