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04-14-13-Real Hope | Colossians 3:1-14



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You have a new identity. (vs 1-4)

You are chosen, holy, and dearly loved. (v 12)


The Old Way The New Way





How do we “put the love”? (v 14)

Repent
Remember
Be vulnerable

LOOKING BACK

Family Life in HD: Real Hope
Colossians 3:1-14

Because of our fear of rejection, our natural instinct is to try to squeeze love and acceptance from wherever we think we can find it. This often takes a toll on those closest to us, and our family members often feel used or wounded. Among the amazing changes the Gospel makes in our lives is the opportunity for a new way to approach our relationships. As we believe the truth about our new identity in Christ we become free to begin truly loving other people.

Thinking It Through

There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters.
~Alice Thomas Ellis

What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, se deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.
~Paul Valery
Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission, but chose not to – because of us.
~Phillip Yancey

Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is better than we ever dared hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it, to be in love with that good news, is of all glad things in this world the gladdest thing of all.
~Frederick Buechner

Living It Out

1. Which aspects of your new identity do you need to be reminded of?

2. What tendencies of the old way do you see in your relationships?

3. Choose one family member this week that you will vulnerably move toward in love.

LOOKING AHEAD

Family Life in HD: It is All About Me!
Colossians 3:12-17

Really! It is all about me! When it comes to family life, that is really good news. So often we get “lost” and feel like we really “don’t matter” or have any real influence in our families. Think again- using Colossians 3:12-17 as your guide.

Looking It Up

1. In vs. 12-14, what “reality” is in the background of what is called forth from us? In other words, why
compassion, why bearing with, why gentleness, etc?

2. “Who” is the only one being addressed as responsible agents in vs. 12-14?

What does this tell you about your primary mindset in “family life”?

3. What resources are available to us as we seek to live out our calling in family life? (3:15-16)

4. What aspects of life are included in v. 17 and what does it likely mean to do all in the name of Jesus?


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