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Summary: : A home is more than a house or the place where one lives; that’s merely space. A home is family, it’s security, it’s provision, and it’s love in the relationships that are found there; it is more than space – it is a place where life is fleshed out in

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INTRODUCTION

Opening Statement: A home is more than a house or the place where one lives; that’s merely space. A home is family, it’s security, it’s provision, and it’s love in the relationships that are found there; it is more than space – it is a place where life is fleshed out in all of its variegated forms. It’s so important to have excellence in leadership and service there.

Title: Excellence in Family Living

Theme: Leadership and Service Excellence Series

Text: Colossians 3:18-21. Colossians offers us some help in establishing a home of excellence.

Background: Colossians is one of the most Christ-centered books of the Bible. Anyone who has ever searched for an answer to the question, “Who is Jesus?” must eventually come to Colossians. Colossians answers this question with “Christ is Supreme over all persons and things!” And, if He is supreme, then He is sufficient for all of our spiritual needs. Jesus does not need supplemented. We need not seek other mysterious religious experiences outside of knowing and encountering Him as Savior and Friend. And, if He can hold together and sustain a universe (1:15-17) as Paul asserts in Colossians, can He not also hold my life together, hold my family together, hold my marriage together, hold our society together and sustain us?

Just a surely as the principles that govern this great universe reveal a system of order and structure, even so, God also has a system of order and structure within the family unit. This order and structure is meant to make life better for everyone.

Key Word: Four #1 PRIORITIES are given in this passage that govern this great universal idea of the family unit. We will look at 2 of them today. Then we will look at 2 of them the next time I speak.

Recitation: 18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. 20 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.

I. Number 1 Priority for Wives

II. Number 1 Priority for Husbands

III. Number 1 Priority for Children

IV. Number 1 Priority for Fathers

I. Number 1 Priority for Wives

A. Recitation: 18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

B. Exposition: This verse is not just about subjection or submission; it is primarily about leadership. What Paul is saying to the Christian ladies of Colossi is that when your man is a godly man, let him lead.

II. Number 1 Priority for Husbands

A. Recitation: 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.

B. Explanation: The husbands’ number one job is to love his wife (not the wife of another or another woman).

III. Number 1 Priority for Children

A. Recitation: Paul said in Colossians, "Children, be obedient (active imperative) to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord."

B. Observation: Paul talked or addressed children directly. I am grateful for that. It shows that in these early church meetings whole families were present.


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