Summary: A Church that does not change will not impact the world
Impacting the World
COL 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
COL 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
COL 3:18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
COL 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
COL 3:20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
COL 3:21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
COL 3:22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.
For Us to Impact the World we have to stop living as the World and Live as the Church.
What does the Church look like?
We are clothed differently!
a. Compassion: Empathy, Concern, Care
b. Kindness: Benevolence, Thoughtfulness
c. Humility: Think more highly of others than yourself
d. Gentleness and Patience: Remember where we once were.
e. Forgiveness: How we want to be forgiven we must forgive others.
f. Peace: in the face of the storm
g. Thankfulness: even when we have little we still have something to be thankful for.
h. His Word Rules.
Wives SUBMIT: fitting to the Lord
Husbands: LOVE unconditionally even when shopping with them.
Loretta loves to shop, when she does she loves going back and forth down the aisles, even revisiting them. She won’t mind going from store to store and then back to the store she was in before.
Children: Obey even when you don’t want to.
Fathers: train you children without exasperating (infuriating) them
Employees: Earn your keep even when no one is watching.
Test your SPOUSE
IMPACTS A HEARTLESS WORLD
We live in a heartless world. The lastUnited States census missed at least 5.7 million people who were anonymous even to the census takers. Every year thousands of unidentified and even unidentifiable bodies are found across North America. And only one out of twenty such bodies ever has a name attached to it! Our society has become a breeding ground for lonely people. Life in today’s world is very much like the unwritten rule in elevators: "No talking, smiling, or eye contact allowed without the written consent of management."
A survey was taken in a suburban area of Houston to find out what had motivated people to choose the particular church where they were members. Some surprising answers were given: 12 percent chose their church because of prior denominational affiliation, 8 percent on the basis of the architectural beauty of the structure, 3 percent because of the person in the pulpit, 18 percent because of convenience of location, 21 percent because of people in the congregation whom they respected. But a whopping 37 percent were influenced by the fact that friends and neighbors took an interest in them and invited them.
1 Cor 13:4-8
1CO 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1CO 13:8 Love never fails.
__________ is Patient
__________ is Kind
___________ does not envy
___________ does not boast
___________ is not Proud
___________ is not rude
___________ is not self-seeking
___________ is not easily angered
___________ keeps no record of wrongs
___________ does not delight in evil
___________ never fails
Put your spouses name in the blank, not for fault-finding but for building up. Then put your name in the blank, and we see where we need to work, to grow so that we can be the CHURCH and have impact on this world.