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Summary: Life is full of milestones, changes, & growing up. Each day of our lives we become a little bit different, each day. The change isn’t always one that is visible, or even one that we notice, but we still change.

Sermon - Graduation of a Christian

- In this Pandemic a lot has changed, & a lot has been forgotten/overlooked.

- I realized, I have not brought a message geared towards graduation.

- Life is full of milestones, changes, & growing up.

- Each day of our lives we become a little bit different, each day.

- The change isn’t always one that is visible, or even one that we notice, but we

still change.

- Here’s a milestone we notice, graduation.

- Graduation is always welcomed with a new beginning. All the time, effort, & work has

finally come to an end. You are ready to use what you have learned.

- In the journey, or let’s say pilgrimage, of being a Christian. It seems like there isn’t

any milestones, or graduations, we achieve on our way to the promised land, or

eternity.

- This is what we’re going to think about for our graduation Sunday.

- I have come to love the book of Colossians. Maybe it’s the wisdom we receive from

Paul’s closeness with Christ. I don’t know, but as we read we understand who Christ

is.

- Once we come to know Him. Then, we begin to grow in Him.

Q- Kind of sounds like graduation, doesn’t it?

- We come to the moment everything changes, & now we will go out & live in it.

- Before we jump into my main scripture, found in Colossians 3:12-17. Let me

back up.

- We enter school, & are enriched with the knowledge we need to have a

productive & balanced life.

- Welcome now to the greatest class you will ever be in, the Study of the Bible.

Psalm 119:11

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:105

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

- These two verses reveal a great truth to our character.

- We can often joke that I don’t know why I went to school, I never use any of that stuff

anyways.

- In reality, reading, arithmetic, & writing are all skills we achieved through

schooling.

- The psalmist says, my life began on your Word. It is my foundation, & I will not

turn from it.

- Now Let’s turn to Colossians 3:12-17. We have graduated, by God’s Word, into a new

life & hope. We will live this life with this great foundation, & not turn from it.

Colossians 3:12-17

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

(Pause there for a moment, He says you are God’s Chosen, set apart, & loved like God’s only begotten Son Jesus)

13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

- Let The Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom!

- Soak it in. From the moment we declare Christ is my Savior, our life has changed.

Prayer

- Peter gives to us the graduate speech. Listen,

1 Peter 2:2

2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

- You’re saved by the grace of God.

- You are graduated from an old life that had no future. To one that has no end.

- You are no longer on a dead end street, but you are growing.

- So, Just as Paul penned it to the Church of Corinth last week Paul gives almost the

same traits to the Church of Colossi.

- They are traits of growth, & signs of your graduation into life.

- We have,

1. bowels of mercies,

2. kindness,

3. humbleness of mind,

4. meekness,

5. longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another,

6. love.

- As Christians, We are to be known for our mercy.

Q- Now, where does that expectation come from?

- As Jesus hung on the cross, between two thieves. One of them recognized Him as

Christ.

- At the words, remember me when you enter Your kingdom, were spoken. Jesus

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