Colossians

Practices for Fruitful Evangalism

An Exposition of Colossians 4:2-6

Our passage today will take the topic of evangelism and bring it to bear in three arenas of life: your prayer life; your personal life; and your speech. What does faithfulness to Jesus Christ look like when it comes to evangelism.

Not only that, but we are going to see our human weakness and our need for God’s grace today in this passage. Faithful evangelism relies not on human ability, but depends on God’s mighty power, and is carried out by faith.

As we work through these simple instructions, it is going to help us identify where and we can struggle in faithful evangelism.

My goal in our time together is to provide you with a clear framework for how God calls the members of a congregation to get involved in this work of evangelism. We aren’t going to find a program for evangelism or a quota, or even a methodology per se. 

What we are going to find instead are principles to be believed and applied.

3 Intentional Activities for Engaging in Evangelism

Faithful evangelism must be intentional, as we will see in our passage today. As we have said with so many other areas of the Christian life, we never really drift into evangelism, so it requires deliberate planning and effort. These three intentional activities for engaging in biblical evangelism are:

  1. Persistently ask God to provide evangelistic opportunities (2-4)

  2. Purposefully structure your life for evangelistic opportunities (5)

  3. Prudently speak to maximize evangelistic opportunities (6)

The Calling of a Husband

An Exposition of Colossians 3:19

Grab your Bibles and turn with me to Colossians 3. We will make it through one verse again today. I heard last week that it provided some entertainment value for some of you that we are moving so slowly. Don’t get too used to a verse per week. But these are important topics.

As we said last week instead of looking at an entire paragraph of Scripture, which is our normal practice, we are doing here topical expositions. So we are explaining one verse, one main truth, and examining that topic in detail from multiple texts in their context.

Last week we examined the role of a wife and her biblical priority. We saw that a wife worships Christ in her marriage through her joyful, willing submission to her husband. A godly woman finds freedom and liberty in trusting the Lord and not herself, being willing to let God bring about his plan in her life through her husband. We discussed what submission is and what it is not.

Heard comments from many non-wives in the body about how a message not specifically addressing them was convicting. Joyful submission challenges each of us. For husbands it raises the bar on our leadership to be godly.

I’m praising God at how his word works as we seek to strengthen and shore up our body in the fundamentals of the Christian life as he is rooting out wrong thinking and replacing it with truth and conviction.

Now this week we will see that a husband worships Christ in his biblical leadership within the marriage relationship.

4-Part Overview of a Husband’s Leadership

  1. The husband’s burden of biblical leadership

  2. The husband’s blueprint for biblical leadership

  3. The husband’s barriers to biblical leadership

  4. The husband’s blessing through biblical leadership

The Privileged Position of a Wife

An Exposition of Colossians 3:18

Take your Bible and turn with me to Colossians 3. We are going to continue our series this morning entitled, “Christ in the Common.” This study is a practical look at how Jesus intersects with everyday living. The goal of this study is to shore up our Christian living by going back to the fundamentals of how we are to live the Christ life.

Our passage today is one verse, Colossians 3:18 and it is written to wives about the privileged duty of submission in marriage.

My sisters, I know that you want to honor Jesus and I want you to leave this morning greatly encouraged with clarity and conviction and joy as you embrace your God-given calling. There is so much working against your ability to trust God in this area.

And so, we need to be fortified in embracing God’s wisdom on this matter. So, in our time together we are going to reorient our thinking about a wife’s role back to the simple truth contained in Scripture. We will be washed together in the Word.

This week we start off with wives. Husbands, parents and children… you will get yours next, but for now its “ladies first.”

Today’s message will be slightly different in that we are really doing a topical exposition. This entire sermon is about one short topic from one verse. My goal is to bring the components you need to understand how to live for Christ in the area of submission.

5 Truths for Understanding a Wife’s Privilege of Submission (Colossians 3:18)

  1. The unfashionable principle of submission

  2. The unmistakable priority of submission

  3. The universal problem with submission

  4. The unnatural power for submission

  5. The unexpected payoff from submission

Putting on Christ

An Exposition of Colossians 3:12-17

We are called to serve the body with our spiritual gifts. We are called to give generously to the Lord in our offerings. We are called to disciple and witness to unbelievers and many other responsibilities.

But a passage like this is so essential because it is possible to do all the things I listed and be immature in the faith. Certainly they will all be present in the life of a believer, but even unbelievers do those things. Unbelievers serve and give and study.

So, the mere presence of spiritual activity and sacrifice in your life isn’t an evidence of maturity. What is an evidence of maturity is Christlike character. The evidence that you are mature is godliness that comes from the Lord.

Paul calls it the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. By that he means the product of the Spirit being at work in the life of a person. And so, this week as we move from

  1. One who treasures Christ above all else (1-4)

  2. One who mortifies sin upon seeing it for what it is (5-11)

  3. One who models Christ magnifying him on earth (12-17)

When you belong to Christ and know him, it shapes your attitude and then your behavior. 

4 Critical Areas We Must Model the Lord Jesus Christ

  1. Let the character of Christ define your demeanor (12-14)

  2. Let the peace of Christ be the umpire in your strife (15)

  3. Let the word of Christ permeate your life (16)

  4. Let the person of Christ impact all that you do (17)

It's Time to Part with Your Sin

An Exposition of Colossians 3:5-11

If you want to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ to have influence and impact in the kingdom, then this is where it’s all at. Fundamentals. The basics. Christianity 101. Treasure Christ. Kill sin. Model Christ.

Romans 8:13—if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body you will live. That means that this is not an optional pursuit.

Whatever you have heard about a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led life, this is a Spirit-empowered life. It isn’t in your ability to hear from God special messages, or heal people, or sense special things in prayer. A person who is full of the Spirit is a person who experiences the victory over sin that God has promised. That is a Spirit-filled person.

You must be willing to make a violent divorce with your old life.

3 Characteristics of a Thriving Christian (Be Who You Are)

  1. One who treasures Christ above all else (1-4)

  2. One who mortifies sin upon seeing it for what it is (5-11)

  3. One who models Christ magnifying him on earth (12-17)

Colossians 3:1-11 (ESV)—1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 

(5) Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 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. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

Treasure Christ Above All Else

An Exposition of Colossians 3:1-4

Our obedience flows out of the relationship we have with God, which is based upon his grace alone. But we can live below our calling. That’s why we titled this Be who you are… it is a call to live in light of who the Bible says you are, namely a saint, a child, a friend, an heir, a dearly beloved one of God.

3 Characteristics of a Thriving Christian (Be Who You Are)

  1. One who treasures Christ above all else (1-4)

  2. One who mortifies sin upon seeing it for what it is (5-11)

  3. One who models Christ magnifying him on earth (12-17)

    Colossians 3:1–4 (ESV)—1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.