Monday, October 15, 2007

October 21, 2007 Colossians 3:22-4:1

Sunday, October 21, 2007
Sermon Text: Colossians 3:22-4:1 (NIV)

[22] Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. [23] Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, [24] since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. [25] Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. [4:1] Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

What is God showing you this week? Your observations and insights into this passage are welcomed and encouraged.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Sunday, October 14, 2007 Colossians 3:18-21

Sunday, October 14, 2007
Sermon Text: Colossians 3:18-21
[18] Wives, submit 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.
[21] Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

Initial Reflection on the Text:
1. The theme is that of harmony in the Christian home. What makes for harmony in the Christian home? How do our relationships with one another help or hinder that harmony?
2. How has this text and others that are similar been misinterpreted? How should we interpret this passage in light of the other texts that deal with the subject?
3. A great deal of emphasis has been placed in recent years on the role of wives in marriage; however, the role of the husband has seldom been treated. What is the husband's role in the marriage covenant? What kind of relationship works best between husbands and wives?

What is the Lord showing you this week? I encourage and welcome your comments on this week's text.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

Monday, October 1, 2007

October 7, 2007 Colossians 3:12-17

Sunday, October 7, 2007
Sermon Text: Colossians 3:12-17 (NIV)
[12] Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. [13] Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. [14] And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. [15] Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. [16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. [17] And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Initial Reflection on the Text
This passage continues the theme of the believer’s practice. As new creations in Christ, we are to “clothe” ourselves with “compassion, kindness,” etc. At the heart of the new creation is the ability to forgive. The basis of our forgiving others is the fact that Jesus has forgiven us (v.13). Love is seen as the supreme virtue that must be “put on” (v.14).

According to verse 16, one purpose of singing is instruction, “teach and admonish one another.” The rich variety of musical expression is seen in this verse – “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” An important principle is stated in verse 17. Whatever the believer does, he or she is to do it to the glory of God.

Questions for Reflection
1. How is the fruit of the Spirit developed in the believer’s life?

2. Are there “grievances” that you have against someone? Why is it so difficult for us to forgive others? What can be done to make the act of forgiveness easier?

3. Have you ever noticed the words of the songs we sing? What do they teach us about the character of God? About our Christian faith?

What is God showing you this week? Your observations and insights into this passage are welcomed and encouraged.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe