The Living Way - Authenticity (Colossians 3:1-17)
Part of the Axis of A Living Faith series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Colossians 3:1–17 (Listen)
3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 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. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Axis of a Living Faith
The Living Way - Authenticity
*Are you asking the right questions?
Challenge your heart with these three questions:
1. Where is your focus?
2. How are you living?
3. What are you anchored in?
When we align our faith with a clear focus, a renewed relationship and a sure anchor we are truly living an authentic life!
*Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above... v.1
*Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. v.2
*and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him. v.10
*So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart... v.12
*Let the peace of Christ rule….v.15
*Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you…v.16
*Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus... v.17
I. Where is your focus? Consistency - v.1-4
A. Keep seeking - Pursuit - Intentionality
B. Set your mind - Focus - Intensity
“Christ who is our life” - v.4
II. How are you living? Chosen - v.5-14
A. Deal decisively with the old life
B. Be renewed in His image
C. Live a pure life
“But Christ is all, and in all” - v.11
III. What are you anchored in? Alignment v.15-17
A. His peace
B. His Word
C. His name
“Whatever you do in word or deed” v.17
Are you real? Do you care? Colossians 1:18-20