Step 1: Walk in the Way of Wisdom Step 2: Make the Most of Time Time under the sun Time under God Step 3: Season Your Speech Graciousness: Salt:
Before we meet Christ we are rough, jagged, different from a life in Christ. As we spend more time in the Word, in prayer, and in community with other believers and are immersed in that life we are smoothed a little more becoming something different. The more time we spend with Christ the more like Him we become. Our jagged edges are worn away, our thoughts and actions become more in line with his. Christ wants your life to transform you. He wants to transform your marriage, your parenting, and your worklife. He doesn’t want parts of you, He wants it all so he can transform it all. The more access he has to all parts of our life, the more we can impact people for him. Those close to use in our homes, and those we come in contact with daily in our work. If you are keeping parts of your life from him, pray for help to open those areas up and change those parts to be more in line with the Spirit. If you are struggling at home, reach out to believers who’ve been there or seek help. Christ is the key to change in your life, there is no self-help book that will change your home, but there is a book that can teach you to become more like the one who created marriage. Access it daily, to take away the rough edges of your life.
Dad’s Spiritual Toolbox (Colossians 3:12-17) Faith in Christ-the foundation Love-unconditional Word of God-Bible Forgiveness-as Christ forgave you Compassion, kindness, gentleness Patience Prayer, thankfulness, gratitude Do All in the name of the Lord Jesus Tools to build a son/daughter
WHERE IS YOUR COMPASS POINTING? 1. SET YOUR HEARTS ON THINGS ABOVE (Colossians 3:1-4) Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 2. Move Away From the Life of the Past (Colossians 3:5-9) 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 3. Replace Old Ways With New Ways (Colossians 3:10-11) 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
The cross of Christ is more than enough. Colossians 2:1-7 Key verses: Colossians 2: 6-7 (ESV) 6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Our Passport Colossians 1:21-29 (NIV) Stand _______ in the Gospel 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. _________ in the Fullness of faith 24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.