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Colossians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

SERVING THE LORD   Colossians 3:18-25             Print this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** Last week we saw that it was important for us to do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. We defined that as doing everything (whatever we do in word or deed) by acting consistently with who Jesus is and what He wants for us. According to Colossians 3:16, how can we know who He is and what He wants?

By letting "the word of Christ richly dwell" within our hearts we can better understand and obey our gracious Lord.

** What did our heart's wardrobe look like? What are we to put on each day if we what to be like Christ?

1) Compassion 2) Kindness 3) Humility 4) Gentleness 5) Patience and 6) Love

** Do you feel that you have done a better job this week of living your life like Jesus would have you to do?

If we are "Putting on Love" each day, we can increase our level of success for His glory!

MOTIVATE

** As we began this marvelous third chapter of Paul's letter to the Colossians two weeks ago, I cautioned you that our studies were going to be "intensely practical". We have seen so far the need for us to be "Putting Aside Sin" daily, while we are at the same time "Putting On Love". Now that we are prepared
by the study of God's word and the application of its truths to our lives, Paul now wants us to put our Christlikeness on display in the one area of our life where it can be most difficult...in the home.

In 1Timothy 3:1-7, Paul delineates the qualifications for an elder. In that list, he gives us the one place where the elder is to have proven himself, that is in the home. "...He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?..." (Verses 4 and 5)

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