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."