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Gospel practicalities - Colossians 3:18 - 4:1

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the Riverside Church service on 24th July 2022.

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Colossians 3 v 17 – 4 v 1 “Gospel Practicalities”


2 bookends that allow us to give up our rights:

  • Colossians 3 v 1-4 What we already have


  • Colossians 3 v 24-25 The day that all is put right



               1) In your closest relationships work for Jesus (v18-21)


Key question: “What should I do in response to this teaching so that my family conforms more closely to God’s design?”


What does a Christian wife submitting look like?


  • Satisfied with a helping role


  • Content with being led


Submission is a key way of following Jesus: “Not my will but yours be done”



What does a Christian husband loving look like?


  • Acceptance of responsibility


  • Using strength for what honours God

Loving is a key way of following Jesus: “This is how we know what love is; Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” 


What do Christian children obeying their parents look like?  


  • Immediate trusting obedience


  • Full trusting obedience


Obeying is a key way of following Jesus: “through the obedience of the one man many will be made righteous.”



What do parents encouraging their children look like?


  • Time walking alongside children


  • Giving them God’s promises to stand on


Encouraging is a key way of following Jesus: “Come to me you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”


                2) In your hardest relationships work for Jesus (v22-4v1)


The scope of God’s call on our lives is complete.


Turn your eyes to the cross of Jesus Christ.

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