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Week Three // Colossians 3 (NIV)

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

1 Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things

above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on

things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died,and your life is now 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, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:sexual

immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because

of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the

life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things

as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do

not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices

10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in

the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or

uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in


12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves

with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with

each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against

someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put

on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body

you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ

dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all

wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God

with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or

deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father

through him.

Instructions for Christian Households

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when

their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and

reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as

working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will

receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are

serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there

is no favoritism.


Every sin Paul lists has a fruit of the Spirit and a characteristic of God

to combat it:

Sexual Immorality ---------------------------------------------> Faithfulness

Impurity/Lust ------------------------------------------> Purity/Self Control

Evil Desires ------------------------------------------------------> Goodness

Greed -----------------------------------------------------------> Generosity

Anger/Rage -----------------------------------------------------> Joy/Peace

Slander/Lying/Filthy Language -------------> Truth/Gentleness/Kindness

Malice ----------------------------------------------------------> Love/Mercy


For these three questions, use a journal to write down your answers.

1. Paul uses, what some might consider, extreme language here, telling

believers that all their sinful habits must be “put to death.” Has there been

a situation where you felt called to “crucify” something in your life so that it

stopped getting in the way of your relationship with Jesus? Remember what

it was and how God brought you through it. Thank Him below then take a

moment to reflect: Is there anything you need to “rid yourself” of right now?

Culturally, early Christians lived in a time when women and children were

second class citizens in nearly every aspect and were frequently mistreated

and disregarded. However, because of Jesus’ redeeming work that put

all people, no matter their race, age, gender, or social status on the same

playing field, these Christians also lived within the tension of what Jesus

freed them from and what culture dictated they should be and do. Paul’s

directive in verses 18-25 are meant to instruct a safe and practical framework

for Christian families to live under so they do not risk persecution for what

was, at the time, radical displays of equity that disturbed society’s normal


2. What tensions do you currently experience between what society/culture

says and what God says about you?

3. Paul encourages the Colossians to do everything in service to God, and

not to any human, knowing humans are incapable of fair, just, and equitable

ruling. He goes on to assure them that every wrong will be addressed and

repaid, and that there is no favoritism. What kind of comfort do you imagine

this was to the original readers? Does it comfort you? How?


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