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Summary: Acts 2 is the "church chapter" of the Bible, but few use Colossians 3 to discuss the characteristics of a church member. So this lesson breaks down the 5 character traits of a developing member, it has some good examples along with the lesson

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THE 5 ASPECTS OF A CHURCH MEMBER

Q & A ON COLOSSIANS 3

BIBLE VERSE: COLOSSIANS 3:14-16

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

1. WHAT ARE THE KEY COMMANDS TO FOLLOW IN THIS PASSAGE?

The answer is not exact, but there are a handful that can be assimilated clearly from the Word.

A) LOVE.

B) PEACE.

C) THANKFULNESS.

D) BIBLE.

E) WORSHIP.

The crux of this lesson will be focused on the how and why of doing these things. I know we have hit these before (or at least it will seem like it), but since these key lessons pop up again we will mention them again.

LOVE:

I saw a yahoo news story this week that really touched me. It told the story of New York cop who is working for a counter-terrorism unit noticed a homeless man who had bare feet and was covered in blisters. So he went to the mall, and used his menial cop pay to buy the man a high quality pair of $100 sketchers along with a couple pair of socks. An Arizona couple vacationing saw the whole incident and took pictures of this un-named cop putting on a pair of socks and lacing up a pair of shoes for this man who the cop doesn’t even know.

In life, do you have a “serve me” or an “I’ll serve you” mentality?

When was the last time you surprised someone with a loving act of kindness?

Are you willing to give sacrificially, even if the giving may end up hurting you or your finances?

PEACE:

Here’s a random stat that really doesn’t pertain to an individual life, but is interesting if you like history. The Society of International Law in London states that during the 4000 years of recorded history, there has only been 268 years of peace in spite of all the treaties and everyone trying to stop war. In fact, during the last 3 centuries, there have been 268 wars on the continent of Europe alone.

By the way, according to The Personnel Journal that specifically studied 3530 years or recorded history, they pointed out that there were in excess of 8000 treaties, and get this…wait for it…ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN BROKEN. Now, I don’t know how a committee judges that or evaluates that, or even if it is entirely accurate. But the truth is in almost all cases…peace just doesn’t stay.

But, just because peace really doesn’t happen between nations, doesn’t mean that it can’t happen between people or families. But if you want to know a secret, how you handle peace really depends on your expectation. In a way, when someone makes me a promise or says they will be there, I believe them. But I also understand human nature and know that at some point they are going to mess up.

So, here’s a thought…is it possible you can keep the peace by not expecting everyone to be perfect? So here’s a couple of questions for this topic…


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