by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 9 and 10 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 9: The View from the Pew
Series: For People On The Grow
Stuart Briscoe
Colossians 3:11-17

Having reminded the Colossians about the relationship of belief and behavior in general terms, Paul now turns his attention to specifics. First he emphasizes how Christians should behave in church.

I. The People of the Pew Are People in Process. v. 10

A. They have been redeemed.
B. They are being renewed.
C. They should be respected.

II. The People of the Pew Are Focused on Christ. v. 11

A. Christ is all that matters.

B. Christ is in all His people.

C. Christ transcends the barriers.
1. Racial - Jew and Greek.
2. Religious - circumcision, uncircumcision.
3. Cultural - Greeks, Barbarians.
4. Social - slaves, freemen.

III. The People of the Pew Are a Unique Community. vv. 12-14

A. The new church - the old Israel.
1. Chosen.


Part 10: Family Living
Series: For People On The Grow
Stuart Briscoe
Colossians 3:18-21

Paul continues his practical instructions by turning to the home life of the believer. He presents brief commands that he amplified in the Ephesian epistle, which was written around the same time.

I. Instructions to Husbands and Wives. vv. 18-19

A. Wives submit to your husbands.
1. Submission as a normal human experience. Romans 13:1

2. Submission as a particular Christian attitude.
a. To the Lord. Ephesians 5:22
b. To each other. Ephesians 5:21
c. To Christian leadership. 1 Peter 5:5

3. Submission as a wife's responsibility.
a. The husband is the head. Ephesians 5:23
i. The one into whom we grow. Ephesians 4:15
ii. The one out of whom we grow. Ephesians 4:16

b. The church submits to Christ. Ephesians 5:24
i. To cooperate with His desires.
ii. To be loyal to His leadership.

4. Submission as appropriate behavior.
a. Appropriate in Colossian culture.
b. Appropriate as Christian attitude.
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