Summary: An exegetical approach to Colossians 3

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Week 1: Colossians 3:1-4 Focused on What’s Above

Week 2: Colossians 3:5-11 Out With the Old Self

Week 3: Colossians 3:12-17 In With the New Self (Part 1)

Week 4: Colossians 3:12-17 In With the New Self (Part 2)

Series: Colossians

Week: Four

Passage: Colossians 3:12-17

Title: In With the New Self (Part 2)

Focus: Eternal Embracing (Virtues)

Opening Week: To Set and Seek What is Above

1. Seek: The External Action

2. Set: The Internal Action

3. Secure: Safety in Christ

Second Week: Cautions (Material Abandonment)

1. Avoid Immorality (Fornication)

2. Avoid Impurity (Uncleanness)

3. Avoid Worldly Passions (Lust/Excessive Affection)

4. Avoid Evil Desires (Illicit Cravings)

5. Avoid Greed (Covetousness)

Last Week: Four Virtues (Part 1)

1. Compassionate Hearts

2. Actions of Kindness

3. Humility

4. Meekness

Introduction: As believers we called and commanded to “clothe ourselves” or conform to the image of Christ. Paul gives the believer’s virtues, or ways of practicing Christ’s actions so that God can continue to mature us and Christ’s peace will rule our hearts. If the Word of God is going to dwell richly there must be application and action on not only knowing Christ but doing what He commands.

In our applications and actions the “new self” is put on through appropriate attributes and attitudes.

Virtue #5: Have Patience (Endure/Slow to Avenge)

• Explanation: Patience is the action of being self-discipline or practicing self-control when faced with aggravation, frustration, or being annoyed. Paul stated earlier in Colossians that “you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might” when enduring these hardship so that your attitude of joy will increase. (1:11). I have some questions when it comes to patience…

o To whom must we be patient?

• Be patient with God

Psalm 75:2 “I will judge with equity.” (Let God judge!)

• Be patient with each other

Ephesians 4:2 “Bearing with one another in love.” (you sin just as much as he does!)

o Why must we be patient?

• Patience is valuable (It’s worth it)

Proverbs 25:15 “A soft tongue will break a bone.”

• Patience is better than pride

Ecclesiastes 7:8 “Patient in Spirit is better than the proud in Spirit.”

• Patience demonstrates love

1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love does not envy or boast.”

• Patience is evidence of the Holy Spirit working in our lives

Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the Spirit is…”

• Illustration: The Story of Towzer as a puppy.

• Application: We were less than patient with Towzer as a puppy. However, he bore our immature grumpiness with a massive amount of patience. He never once retaliated. There are so many times when I wish I could have our dog’s mentality. If we could have a patience that overlooks a multitude of offenses.

o Patience overlooks the offense.

o Patience bears with human frailty and failure.

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