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1 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved...

2 Louis Heckert, 92 year old Grand Lake Man Improving after moose attack while walking to church.

3 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved...

4 Colossians 3:5-14 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

5 Living the Christian Life 3:5 ‘Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: Immorality,impurity,lust, evil desires and greed’ 3:8 ‘Rid yourselves of all such things as: Anger,rage,malice,slander, filthy language, and lying.’ 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion,kindness,humility,gentleness and patience. 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Moral purity Sexual purity Self control Self discipline Mental purity Loving Impulse control Delay gratification GenerousContentmentGratitudePatienceCompassionateForgivingKindEncouraging Clean up language HonestyIntegrity

6 Living the Christian Life Moral purity Sexual purity Self control Self discipline Mental purity Loving Impulse control Delay gratification GenerousContentmentGratitudePatienceCompassionateForgivingKindEncouraging Clean up language HonestyIntegrity

7 How would you like to know a person like this? A person who regards you with utmost respect and will not use you to further their own self interests, sexually or financially. This person’s inner thoughts about you and conversation with others about you will be consistent with the respect you feel in their presence. You will feel safe, secure, important and better about yourself in their presence. A person who regards you with utmost respect and will not use you to further their own self interests, sexually or financially. This person’s inner thoughts about you and conversation with others about you will be consistent with the respect you feel in their presence. You will feel safe, secure, important and better about yourself in their presence. This person will be patient with you, listen to understand what you have to say and your feelings; and will speak honestly with you, both affirmation and correction. Even when disagreeing this person will relate to you with respect and care. This person will be patient with you, listen to understand what you have to say and your feelings; and will speak honestly with you, both affirmation and correction. Even when disagreeing this person will relate to you with respect and care. This person will not attempt to conform your behavior to their preferences but will accept you as yourself. They will help you, not harm you, serve your needs, forgive you when you wrong them but will not hesitate to point out your faults in a loving manner when its in your best interest. This person will not attempt to conform your behavior to their preferences but will accept you as yourself. They will help you, not harm you, serve your needs, forgive you when you wrong them but will not hesitate to point out your faults in a loving manner when its in your best interest.

8 The fallout ‘Put to death, therefore, ‘Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: Immorality,impurity,lust, evil desires and greed’ ‘Rid yourselves of all ‘Rid yourselves of all such things as: Anger,rage,malice,slander, filthy language, and lying.’ 1. Divorce, prostitution, pornography, venereal disease, child molestation, rape, abortion, kidnapping, poverty 2. Crime, theft, assault, burglary, murder, drugs, addictions, cheating, insider trading, white collar crime, income tax cheating, false advertising, starvation 3. Relational tension, conflict, fights, arguments, murder, divisiveness, law suits, divorce, employee problems, road rage, vengeance, paranoia 4. Damaged reputations, fractured relationships, suspicions, social turmoil, 1. Law enforcement agencies, courts, medical health agencies, sex education, social services, welfare 2. Anti-monopoly laws, stock market regulations, income tax audits, banking regulations, FBI, litigations, truth in advertising statutes, OSHA, 3. Referees, mediation, courts, medication, restraining orders 4. Wordy legal contracts, oaths, penalties for perjury, investigative reporters, law suits, Enormous human suffering!

9 Commandments: Don’t murder Don’t adultery Don’t steal Don’t lie Don’t covet Negative Human nature: Self-centered Anger/rage Revenge Murder Lust Discontent Adultery Stealing Lying Wanting what others have Selfish New relationship with God: loved secure worth significance empowered by Holy Spirit New nature: like Jesus New attitudes/behavior Try to be a good person, but: battles old nature: Self-absorbed, centered Tries self improvement Education, counseling Exercises will power Inconsistent Fails, blames, justifies Frustrated Moral purity Sexual purity Self control Self discipline Mental purity Loving Impulse control Delay gratification GenerousContentmentGratitudePatienceCompassionateForgivingKindEncouraging Clean up language HonestyIntegrity

10 Colossians 3:5-14 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, sexual immorality, impurity, impurity, lust, lust, evil desires evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. and greed, which is idolatry. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, anger, rage, rage, malice, malice, slander, slander, and filthy language from your lips. and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, Do not lie to each other, Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, compassion, kindness, kindness, humility, humility, gentleness gentleness and patience. and patience. Bear with each other Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Requires New Nature!

11 I focus God is and does Jesus is and does I have done and am I can do I focus God is and does Jesus is and does I have done and am I can do Common conceptions Biblical reality Almighty, Holy, Creator, personal, loving, Son of God, lived on earth, died on cross for our sins, rose from the grave, Misconceptions Put my faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior Born again, Christ in me, I died, got a new nature, empowered Whatever. Stuck with old nature Try.... Frustration! Set my heart/mind on things aboveSet my mind on earthly things Colossians 3:1-4 Colossians 1-2 Colossians 3-4 Love, joy, peace, courage Put to death old nature stuff: Get rid of old nature stuff:

12 A New Nature Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:9 Christ in you, the hope of glory! Colossians 1:27 Christ in you, the hope of glory! Colossians 1:27 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

13 Did you get started right? 2:6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him... 2:6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him... 2:9-12 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 2:9-12 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 2:20 Since you died with Christ... 2:20 Since you died with Christ... 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ... 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ... 1:27 Christ in you, the hope of glory! 1:27 Christ in you, the hope of glory!

14 “Hey, I’m a Christian and I go to church on Sundays. What else is there?” “Hey, I’m a Christian and I go to church on Sundays. What else is there?” Barna Update, March 20, 27, 2006 Virtually all of church going people and “62% of unchurched adults consider themselves to be Christian.” Virtually all of church going people and “62% of unchurched adults consider themselves to be Christian.” “The worst thing,” Barna commented, “would be for millions of people to accept Christ as their savior and then live the remainder of their life as if nothing had changed other than their eternal destiny. “The worst thing,” Barna commented, “would be for millions of people to accept Christ as their savior and then live the remainder of their life as if nothing had changed other than their eternal destiny.

15 Are you saved enough? Do I have a desire for righteousness? Do I have a desire for righteousness? Am I experiencing a growing empowerment to actually live righteously, getting rid of the old and putting on the new? Am I experiencing a growing empowerment to actually live righteously, getting rid of the old and putting on the new? Do I feel compassion for others that motivates me to take care of their needs? Do I feel compassion for others that motivates me to take care of their needs? Am I routinely talking with others about Jesus who has made such a difference in my life? Am I routinely talking with others about Jesus who has made such a difference in my life?

16 Keep on getting saved until it works!


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