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Summary: What Christians should NOT wear to worship? (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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SERMON OUTLINE:

(1). Before we get dressed (vs 1-4)

(2). What not to wear (vs 5-9)

(3). What to wear (vs 10-17)

SERMON BODY:

• An alternative title for tonight’s talk could be:

• ‘What Christians should NOT wear to worship?’

• Of course this sermon is NOT about the proper physical attire for church attendance.

• God doesn’t care as much as people seem to care regarding our dress preferences.

• This sermon is about ‘things’ (i.e. character traits, sinful actions or attitudes);

• That we are to ‘put off’ and ‘put on’ when we come to Church.

• Yet Colossians 3:1-17 gives us some real sound advice on ‘spiritual dress’.

Note:

• Now due to a misunderstanding - this week’s sermon (chapter 3 verses 1-11);

• Should have been preached last week.

• And last week’s sermon (chapter 3 verses 12-17);

• Should have been preached this week!

• Now because these sections (verses 1-17) are all about “spiritual dress.”

• It doesn’t really matter very much that you’ve had it the wrong way round;

• Because the two sections fit together either way round.

• Verses 1-9 is about putting off;

• i.e. What you should not wear to Church.

• Verses 11-17 is about putting on;

• i.e. What you should wear to Church

(1). Before we get dressed (vs 1-4)

• A right mindset is important if we are going to wear the right clothes.

• i.e. If you are going to decorate the house – do not wear your best suit or dress!

• i.e. If you are going on a hike – do not wear high heels or uncomfortable shoes!

• i.e. If you are going to a wedding – do not wear your bathing suit or swimming trunks!

• A right mindset is important;

• We need to make sure we are wearing the right clothes for the right occasion.

The apostle Paul tells these Christians at Colossae:

• Not WHERE they are going i.e. off to decorate, or off on a hike or off to a wedding etc.

• But WHO they are going with i.e. Jesus Christ.

• Because they are with Jesus they need to dress appropriately.

• Remember I am using clothing as a figure of speech, a metaphor.

• Just as we cloth our bodies to look presentable;

• So every Christian must cloth their heart & their minds to be presentable to Christ.

Ill:

• The pagan religions in New Testament times;

• Said very little or nothing at all about personal morality.

• A worshiper could bow before an idol, put his offering on the altar,

• And go back to live the same old life of sin.

• Religion was in one compartment of his life;

• And everyday living was in a separate one.

• What a person believed had no direct relationship with how he behaved,

Ill:

• British comedian Frank Skinner a modern example of that ideology.

• His stage act is course, crude and full of innuendo, as well as lots of bad language.


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