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All About Relationships (3:18-4:1)

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The new life Jesus gives us impacts all our relationships. Are you a husband? Wife? Child? Parent? Boss? Employee? If Jesus has given you new life, He has something new for you. Tony Holloman joins Pastor Kevin for this message.

I'm today we start in our series orcontinue in our series, through the book of Colossians, we've been in thisbook for quite a while now and it's been an exciting kind of shift intowhat Paul is telling us in the book of Claus on. So, if you have your Bible, Iencourage you to get there. My goal in the next handful of minutes is to teeup somebody very special and important to me to preach the bulk of the messagethis morning and I'm going to come back and wrap it up and we've going to closewith a worship song at the end. So that's the rest of the plan for thismorning and I'll say more about him and just a second, but we're going to be inColossians chapter three today and one of the values that we have a connectorschurches. We believe that the Bible is the most relevant and the most helpfulbook for today and you're like what in the world does that mean right? Likelast couple weeks, we've been studying what it meant to put our old self todeath, our old nature, our old sinful self, and put that stuff away and puton the new self again you're like right. So the old self was like the sinfall, the the S, Paul talked about the sensual sins and the interpersonal sins,the sexual sensual, sins, the interpersonal sins and Paul says theseare specific things in your life that you should what to death to have nothing to dowith, to kill it, to remove it, to take it away, because Jesus has died foryour sin. He paid the penalty for those things and he gives us something thatPaul calls a new life we are to put on the new. So we live differently as aresult of what Jesus has done for us. We don't try to live differently inorder to earn God's blessing and God's acceptance and God's forgiveness. NoHe's already done those things, and so therefore it character we are, ourlives should be different. Our life is lived out differently and you're likewhat does that? Look like right? Well, someone living in the newness of life,his tender, heart and mercy find ness, they're, humble they're, gentle, theirpatient. They forgive other people, they love people and they're at peace. Those words characterize your life and again you're like okay. Those arebig concepts. You know we could talk about love for the end of time and westill wouldn't be able to wrap our brains completely around it, and sowhat Paul does next and what pass Porton's gonna Stare with us today is.He looks at every single one of you of oneof us and he just looks at your life and he's like, and I'm asking you thisquestion. You can raise her hand as any of you a husband razor hand. Go okay, is anyone of you, a wife got a couple right is any of you. Aparent is is any of you children. Everyone should raise her hand, you'reall children at some point right. Does any of you have people that workfor you, your employers. Does any of you work for somebody. Theypay you right. They hired you. You did an interview. Okay, it's a sillyillustration, but Paul basically says I'm talking to you. This new life is for you in yoursituation. This isn't some abstract concept. This is helpful, relevantstuff for your life, for your relationships that you live in everysingle moment of every single day like this is just a part of your life. Jesushas something new you to experience, and so he starts off by saying howwives are to submit to their husband, and that word is a is a...

...controversial term nowadays. What doesit mean to submit? And I think it's really a beautiful beautiful term,because one of the people that submitted the most was Jesus he submitted to the will of the father,and so when wives submit to their husbands, as Paul tells us inColossians three here, you're really emulating in the example Jesus set inan incredible powerful way, and then he Paul says to husbands that we are hishusbands, I'm a husband who love our wives or like wow. We e lives got tosubmit that sounds terrible and men got a love and- and that sounds you know sogood. You know, but then he clarifies and its love yourwife as Christ loved the church. How did Jesus ultimately love his church? He died for so won. Wives are supposed to submitand I husbands are supposed to die. I don't know which one's better orworse right, they're, just they're. Equally following God's design and plan formarriage and you yeah physical death, you know might be a thing, but whatabout dying to your own desires and wants so that your wife could succeedand do what she feels like God's leading her to do goes both ways,there's a pastor that you might know: Andy Stanley. He mentions the phrasethat marriage oftentimes is a submission competition who can submitto the other the best right. It's not one lording over the other orcontrolling the other or manipulating the other. Those are results from thisin nature. That happened. We read about those are genesis, three, it's aboutsubmitting one another, loving one, another lifting other each other up. I'm the other thing that we run intohere is father's says: Don't aggravate your children? That's a very practicalcommand right and it could also be for parents, and then then it talks aboutthis masters and slave thing, which again is a controversial, hard thing totalk about in today's world. What is that? What does that mean? What didPaul mean when he said that? But it's important to remember that in the firstcentury most people in the Roman Empire were slaves, there's large percentageof people, and it was just the way their economy functioned. It's the waythat it was and what's incredible about it is what Paul tells us in these letters that he wrote aboutwhat Jesus did it basically set the ground work to remove any abuse of thiseconomic way of life is when you tell a master that the slaveis the same level as you, you have. No, you know intrinsic value over this person. He'syour brother Mister, like it changes everything, that's reallywhat the Gospel did. What Jesus did what what Paul was writing about thatdid for for slavery, as we know it today and today you might think aboutit as your employer, employee relationship now who's doing the job. How do theytell you what to do your boss? You know all that good stuff, but everyone has a role in is life and we're whether you're a husband, thewife, O your employee, a parent or a child. God has a role for your life and adesign for your life and as a new creation in Christ. You can live intothat hole and it's a role that it is done in relationship other people. Sosometimes we like to say that it's all about relationship. They is a greatsermon that illustrates that fact. Your relationship with your spouse matters,your relationship with your children matter, the relationship with thepeople at work matter and Jesus wants...

...to come into your life, give you a newlife and a new way to interact with those people and what's incredible- andI think Pasaron has done an incredible job with this. He was my youth pastorgrowing up and it's been many many many years since he's been my youth pastor. He, but we have a lot of memoriestogether. I would throw up the youth group late just for the message,because I was trying to figure out what I believed and why I believed it, andhe was there to reach the word and was really helpful in that. I wouldn't bestanding up here today if it wasn't and then there was another impactful timein my life, where I showed up to a friendlies and sat across the tablefrom him and just basically told him what I thought God was doing in my lifeand he didn't look at me strained, maybe a little bit. I don't evenremember, but he was like well, he didn't say it in this terms, but thisis what he did I'll connect you to guy's next step for your life. I meanhe could have put up a wall. He could have responded very differently. Hecould have looked at me silly or laughed or whatever that all right and again, that was a h. Why I'm doing what I'm doing and ifanybody has ever been touched by anything that I've done it's art? I'm excited to welcome Tony Holloman tothe stage come on up Tony I just want to yeah there we go. Give him a hand, is very thankful. Yeah. I use one ofthose they've been around. They drive up from Delaware every sooften and we're just appreciate their support, and I'm excited that he'sgonna there with us. For today there we go all right, go get him good morning, good to be here this morning. It'salways good to open God's word. Yeah, it's been, it's been a journeyand I've been watching. Even if I'm not here, I've been listening online. I tryto catch the morning services brother, Danny last week. Again, Colossians is agreat book. It's a wonderful tool and again Godwants us to realize he didn't leave us at life to do it alone or to figure itout ourselves, and so often you know we get into the world and and that's kindof what starts to happen. We think you know we got to help gotout and really God says no, I'm here to help you out and here's my plan andColossians is one of those books. Ladders again, we need to understand itwas a letter written to a church and it was to give direction and it's beencovered over the last couple weeks and I don't want to go backwards, but I dohave to go backwards a little bit because, again the beginning. We haveto remember that the purpose of a lot of the writings of Paul were to one aswas brought up. The last couple weeks was he was. He was warning the Churchof people that would come in and try to get him to go back the wrong way to follow their Ollas of life to dotheir own thing to to bring in their traditions to bring in all the stuffthat they were doing in the past and Christ and passeys. You can't do that and theillustrations. The last couple of weeks Kevin had a shirt and he took a shirtoff and it was he put off the old man. Put It away brother deny last week didthe same thing. He took his shirt, I'm not giving my shirt off today, brother,okay, I'm leave my shirt on okay. I got anoth different illustration, but hetook his shirt off and did the very same thing, and then he covered it. Okay, he covered it no clicker here...

...there it is, there's the clicker and there's thebattery. No batteries no clicker, and we understand that that that whenwe came to Christ, Christ, a D and any last week putsomething over it covered it, and that was again that the picture of Jesuswashing US clean, making us wholly setting us apart for God's purpose now- and God sees us through the the bloodof Christ, the washing of our sins away, not that we've done anything to earn itto save ourselves, our goodness our works again, the Bible. Again, if we goto the scriptures, it says our works: Ores, filthy, rags before God. So whenwe come to this portion of scripture, like Kevinmentioned it's, it is a loaded scripture because they're terms todaythat people don't like we struggle with and so before weactually look at those verses, because some of you again is Kevin Red andshared briefly those four components of this and their four relationships. Whenyou look at the relationships right before you get into it, you have denny and and Kevin over. The lastcouple weeks have developed a relationship, your relationship withGod, primary first important, most thing you got to get this right, and so often in the world. We're tryingto get this right, but we're fallen were broken people. So the most important thing is, andthat's why Paul says you know you can't go backwards. I want you to moveforwards, put off the old put on the new. What is it? What does he mean bythat? How do I do this? God doesn't say? Well, Kay figure itout got says I've. Given you a love letter,I give you my word and we're told through scriptures otherportion description says to study study study. The word of God to be able to discern what is right andwrong truth from error. Where do we get that we get thatthrough the teaching of God's word? Jesus said, I am the way, the truth andthe life. No Man comes to the father, but by me, why would we think we could then livelife on our own? If he brings us to what life is, then don't you think Godwould give us the direction and how to do this thing called life together. You see you have the relationships youhave husband, wife, you have. Are you have wife husband, the way it'smentioned? It's interesting. It's wife, husband, its husband, wife, it'schildren, parents, it's servants, masters, it's masters servants, butbefore you actually look at that because again, like I said some ofthese terms today send off red flags for a lot of people were its submission,obedience, surrender their words like what we step back andgo well. I've got my right. I've got my own will. I can I be my own identity, yes to a degree, but then no toaddegree and that's what we need to before we jump into those specifics. Wereally have to again put on the Bible, tells us to put on the mind of Christ,okay, so what I like to do before we actually start moving into those verses.If you just real quick, if you have your bibles here watching online again,the most important thing is not what I say and and Pastor Kevin would say thesame thing and brother Denny would say the same: it's not what's importantwhat we say as much as what the scripture says, how the scripturedirects our lives so and Genesis. If we go right back to the beginning andKevin illuded to that and Genesis, and with the lights I will show my age Iwill put on my classes, so I can read clearly it says here and Genesis Chapter Two, averse, Seven. It says, and the Lord God formed man out of the dust of theground and breathed into his nostrils to breath of life and man became aliving soul. We have to start right in the beginning, because again, if wedon't put on the right mindset- and we...

...don't see things from God's perspective-This is not man's idea. So when we come to Colossians, it's not Paul's idea onhow wives are supposed to submit to their husbands and husbands aresupposed to like. This is God's idea. God created everything in the beginningand when he created he said it is good and it is right and it was to it was toproduce godly offspring. It was to take care of the garden that God put them in,but we know, and we don't have the time to go through the whole process. But weknow man had sinned. Man had stepped away from God's plan and since then manhas been stepping away from God's plan and that's why we live in a brokenworld and that's why we have the struggles inour marriages and our families even today, because we enter into therelationship, sometimes bringing God into therelationship. But then we put them aside because we try to operate the waywe want or how we feel instead of going back to the book and taking the directions from God, yousee because then God doesn't say just you know, he made him a living soul andagain for time the verse fifteen it is, and God looked or God I'm sorry, theLord God looked the man and put him in the garden of Eden to dress it and tokeep it and the Lord God. Commanded, the man saying of every tree of theguard, thou shalt freely eat, but of the tree in the not. But the tree ofthe knowledge of good and evil. Thou shalt not eat of it. For the day thatThou eatest, thou shalt surely die, and the Lord God said it is not good thatman should be alone. I will make him a helpmate verse. Twenty one and the Lord Godcaused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept, and he took one of hisribs and closed up the flesh and its instead of instead, therefore, and therib which the Lord God had taken for man made he a woman and brought herunto the man and Adam said now. This is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.She shall be called woman because she was taken out of man is, do we have Godwho who created everything and again when we get into the relationshipaspect? Like brother Kevin said earlier, you know it is not where you submit,because I say submit it's. It is a dual submission, but the reality is is even in our world.We have to be careful that our submission isn't just one to another,because that's still broken your submission is. Is this way first? My submission is to God, and it's notbased on the other person. It really is submission trying to compete,submission to each other to help each other become all that God wants us tobe not so one could be higher than theother not, but we would fulfill the will of God as human beings and what'sinteresting about the marriage relationship and again, our world istrying to destroy. It is the fact that the Bible says thatthere's there's a uniqueness in marriage and isn't interesting that oneof the illustrations that that God uses as we move into the new testament aboutabout marriage. He is the picture of Christ and the church, the bride and the bridegroom. Is that, for a reason, absolutely do we really understand that?So if we allow marriage to be destroyed, why do you think the world now isattacking the church because we're getting away from God's design we're getting away from God's purposes and what God says it should be andwe're taking on the approach of this is what man thinks or how man feels weshould operate, because after all, we can't do this andyou're right. We can't do this, God can do this.

God can do this and as we move forwardhere, it's important for us to realize that again, God will do this when we come to Colossians now and youlook at those verses again, I know a lot of people they they want to pickand choose what they want to read in scripture. But again, when we come to Colossianschapter three right, we look at those verses and again we're picking up inthe middle of a middle of the chapter, basically the end of the chapter, andwe have to keep in mind what was talked about last week. What the earlier scripture says aboutputting on and putting on, because now it's preparing you, so we get the first.Two chapters are warning us not to take in the things of the world allowed tocome creep back in we're to put off, but we're also to put on and just gofig your Bible and look at what the Bible says about putting off andputting on put on put off the old man put on the new you can go to Colossians,you can go to Philippians, you go to Ephesians, you can go to first, asecond corinthens. You go all through the news. You can just walk through theNew Testament and you'll find where God tells us whatwe're to put off, and he actually tells us what we're to put on and how were to do that, and it's veryinteresting because again when we come to these verses a lot of us at timesthese words become very like red flag. It's like Red Flag. I don't like that.I don't want to do that. That's our flush! That's our flesh comes out really quick,our old nature, and then we live in a world that bombards us with thesethoughts and there for what we do is we have to battle those thoughts, and is it interesting that God tells usin his word in Romans, chapter twelve versus one and two right? He gives us directions there. He tells us how to handle that andbefore e. even look at that again, when you look at these verses, it says whatit says: Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands as it is fit in theLord, a specific wives submit yourself unto your ownhusband there's, not multiple husbands, it's unto your own husband and we live in a world today that again,the struggle is when we do get into the world, especially for you, ladies andespecially as you get into even somebody that are in the working world.It's very carefully design that you have to be careful that your submissionpriority is to your husband, because that's the primary relationship. Whatdestroys a lot of marriages is wive start falling under submission and menstart loving outside of the home and wives start submitting to other men'sauthority and direction and corrupts the home. It destroys the home. We don't guard ourselves and that's why here again, thephilosophy of the world back then, is no different than it is today. It'sattacking the church, it's attacking God's design for every relationshipthat you and I have that. God says it is good, and we do. We believe thatagain in the world we live, do we believe that marriage is good, it'shealthy! It's the way, God designed it or is it just a thing to do? Is You get when we lessen what God saysabout and try to bring it down to man's level? We start distorting the truth ofwhat God says, and here God's being very specific, andthat's why it's interesting he gives us he gives us these words right. Whysubmit yourselves unto your husband to your own husband as it is fit in theLord husbands, Love Your wise and be not bitter against them. Children Obeyyour parents. So my Bible, I underline those words, submit, love, obey and I have to say: okay, I have to lookin the mirror and say: am I doing that...

...it's so easy for us to want others todo that. But again, when I came to Christ, Idied to myself. I put off the old man and now living under the authority ofGod. Right submission is making a choice. The day you got saved you repented ofyour sin and you basically said God, I'm no longer going my way. I realizedthat my way can't save me and I'm surrendering my right. My will to you, because you are the only way that I can get to heaven and I yield myself to you and isn'tinteresting, that's kind of what, if you take the marriage, vows, that'swhat actually takes place. I died to myself for better for worse for Richard forpoor till death. Do US part, I mean when you start contemplating all thatGod says about marriage, leave and cleave, leave your father and yourmother and cleave to it's. Not It's not a it's, not asuggestion. It's a command, and so often we take God's commands andwe go again it l. We don't want to live by rules, but yetwe have to live by certain rules and where do we get them from God'sword? You just can't do marriage any way you like, or it won't work, and we see that in our society today, because they don't see it as a covenant.They see it as a contract between man and woman. They don't see it assomething that God said. This is the way it is. These are my directions, and even forparents. This is the way it's supposed to work.It's never to work where this family and this family kind of just you kindof you become family, but they have to create their own family unit. Okay, it's very important. They established because there's a newhead, you think about it. This way, n. When you raise children, how manyhave children I have children. I have five: Okay, we're working through awedding right now busy time it's a great time, but youget busy with with the things of the wedding. But Are you? Are you weprepare for weddings, but again, do we prepare the person, the heart for whatit's really all about? You take all this time to do all this stuff, to getit just right, but are we getting this just right this where it starts? Because again, when we come before Godin a wedding ceremony, again it's a covenant between God and Man, but now it's not only a covenantbetween God and Man. I it's a covenant between God and Man and another personthat were unifying as one that's a unique thing. You become oneflesh O, but I'm still two individuals, you become one flesh. What's that all about, have you reallystudied the scripture on really how that is supposed to translate into oureveryday life? A lot of us just go to ceremony as wego through the motions and it's like okay, that's cool, and then we wonder why marriages fallapart, because we we come and vow before God,but then we attack each other because we lose the right role. We losethe perspective. I have my right. I'm tired I've got this. You've got thatand the list goes on and and well I'm not going to submit unless you love andI'm not going to love unless you submit- and I mean even even Christians, wedeal with these issues and issues. It's not a matter of. If you I will it's, even if you don't, I willbecause I'm committed to God and God commands me to live this way...

...now. I know there are circumstancesthat come into play N and I wish we had time to go into some of that, but thereality is. If we took God's design and said this is the way God decided and weactually tried to apply at the right way, we would get the right results. So when we look at this passage, youknow we see these words and again it's hard for us because again the husbandsto love, love like Christ loved again, do yourstudy take your Bible, and what does that mean? I love when people say andwhat would Jesus do this like Kevin said well, Jesus wentto the Cross. He died. He sacrificed he submitted to the willof the father to die in your place in my place, so he could present, and this is whatgets me because again we lose the reality of what goes on in a ervy daylife. He did it in a way, so he could present to God a bride that wasunspotted. That was pure. How many you, ladies want to go yourwedding day in a dirty dress. I don't know anybody that. Does you see your goal and again? Theillustration would be just like that right, you're, going to a wedding andif you're, going to the wedding on your wedding day, you're going to keep thisthing unspotted right, it has a purpose. It's pure,it's white. It has a purpose you're, sending a message right. I'vekept myself. I did everything I need to do so when we go to get married. Thisis what we end up. Okay, purposely trying to go forward eyes, we don't go, a bride doesn't go onceshe gets all dressed up. She doesn't walk out and go okay, where's, the nextmud puddle. I can get into ask a bride right. You know that you just don't. Do ityou're, looking to make the day perfect and again so from the human side? Yes,we do all these things, but the purpose of of the white and everything againand that's that's the picture of the Bible uses of your relationship withGod. Jesus died, so they could present apure and holy bride, a bride. He protects a bride. He loves a bride,he's willing to die for husbands, men married or not. Are you going to bethat kind of man? If God draws you into that kind of relationship again, theBible speaks to all of that some men, some women they never get married. That's okay Paul addresses that, but those that do choose to go downthat road. This is not an option. You have to love your wife. Why? If you have to submit to yourhusband as unto the Lord, so you're not doing it to him see we do it in a way.Well, I'll love you on the conditions of wait a minute. Let's think aboutthat God's love is unconditional. My submission is not based on yoursubmission and that's what what pastor Kevin was alluding to it's. It's a it's,a competition of submission to each other, to help each other become betterin the fact of, but it's not in life, it's in building each other to be thebody and bride of Christ. That God wants us to be were to be encouragingeach other to be that way. So we're supposed to be helping out aand so often that's why the Bible says what for the Church to provoke oneanother provoke one another. That's a pretty strong word unto love and goodworks. It's not provoke one another to do evil to settle for evil, we're supposed tochallenge each other to stay white to stay pure to live holy again. Thatdoesn't save us, like brother Denny,...

...pointed out last week, but it'ssupposed to motivate us to go looking to one day. Because do you reallybelieve one day there's a marriage feast you're going to meet the Saviour there's a wedding feast? Thank God that you know what. Eventhough again when we get earth yeah, we get spotted, and she god knows that. Sowhen we look at it from the stand said the day you got saved, you are dirty,God put on, you, put you in white and that's the way he sees you sopositionally you're, going to heaven you're going to heaven white pure holyjust, but while you're here on earth, we struggle with the physical we struggle with the nature we live inthe world. We live in and we sin, and is it good that we're told them the scriptures thatwere to confess our sins because he is faithful in just to forgive us o sensenot to save us, but so our fellowship stays close. Sowe understand. So when I sin I don't go, Oh God really doesn't care because he'smy best friend and you know what he doesn't mind. If I do that, no, Ishould be going man I'm going to keep my G. I want to stay on spotted you've.Given me this unspotted beautiful thing, I'm going to keep it that way to thefeast. The day you got saved, God set you apart for a holy purpose. Now areyou living allowing God to purify and work in your life? Are you just waitingto some people? Have the mentality- and we've taught this wrongly to so manypeople that will just get saved and God ll fix it when you all get to heaven, so we live very again. We live verynormal lives that make no impact for Jesus Christ. We don't show the world that, yes, welove the Lord and yes, even when we sin and we fall down, we show them how toforgive and we have we had. We showed him how to restore and we show them howto love and we show them how to submit and we show them see that's the designof the church, but if we can't do that in our homes,it'll never happen in the church, because we have to put on the mind ofChrist, and if we don't start with that, ladies and gentlemen, again God gave usall we need, through the spirit of God who comes tolive within us. The moment you get saved, but then God says you know whatI've given you. My word, okay- and you have the word of God andwith this word again, so you go to the scriptures and- and I don't know aboutyou, but I'm not that smart at times- and I know when I use my ownintelligence. Sometimes I get myself in trouble, so I go to scriptures. Ascripture says this right in Romans Chapter Twelve one and two: I beseechyou brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable.Unto God, which is your reasonable service and be not what conformed tothis world? Don't allow the world to press you into its mould. Okay, theyknew we would stray he would now. God knew he would struggle with thesethings to this world butbe Ye transformed by the renewing of yourmind- and I love this- and this is how I keep myself kind of in check becauseit doesn't just stop there. It says renewing of your mind that you mayprove what is that good and acceptable, and I underlined it and that perfectwill of God not that we will be perfect, but do youbelieve God's will is perfect? You believe God will perform what Godsays he will do because gang. If we don't, then wereally don't trust him. The way we need to- and I don't know about you- Istruggle at times with with trusting God at times it's like God. I can't seeit and just says trust me trust me. I can't see Heaven Trust me. Okay, Lord, where do I get my trustfrom let's play family food? How many people trust God to go to heaven ad ofa hundred survey thing no buddy!...

We live in a world that they don'tagree with that stuff anymore gang! That's the struggle you and I are in, but we need to remember that, no matterhow hard that struggle is you and I need to go back to the scripture andsay if God said so, if God says, submit I'm going to submit, if God says, LoveI'm going to love, if God says, obey I'm going to obey because again inevery one of these relationships- and I know I'm spending time on one okay,because really it's the hub- it no matter what relationship master servantas you work through that portion of scripture. The issue first is: Do Ihave this line with God right because then, when I go to the work world orwhether I'm a boss in chapter four verse, one which that's where this kindof concludes he says Master. Remember you have a master there's somebody over you. Everybody wants to be the boss right.Just remember, God is the boss. God evaluates everything. So when wecome to those verses again, if we put on the mind of Christ, we see thingsyou and I should see things not from an earthly perspective. We're supposed tosee it from a heavenly perspective and it's so often that's hard, becauseI feel like I'm not being treated right or I'm being used or I'm beingmistreated, or they shouldn't talk to me that way and and yes, you're rightbut remember we're in a broken falling world, but does that give us the rightto respond the way the world would respond orshould we respond the way God would want us to respond again? If my modeland role model is Jesus, I'm in trouble because he went all the way to thecross, he didn't say: Okay, you can you, can you can do this and you can do this,but you're not doing this. This is he surrendered to the will of God, thefather, so you and I you and I could haveheaven as our home wow. That's that's talk aboutsubmission talk about love. I don't know about you, but the last I checkedwhen I look in the mirror. I fail greatly. God, forgive me help me, God to be moresubmission submitting to you, so I will submit to my wife, so I will submit tomy boss in the right, roll I'll love, my wife, I'll love, my children, I'lland the list goes on same for the children, because if thechildren don't get this right, they're not going to honor and respect theirparents because they don't even realize in thatverse again, it says in it all comes back to in the Lord remember. This isnot because you want your mom and dad's respect only or you don't want them totrust you it's! This is before God. This is before God. Lastly, as we close right, we're close real close in this verse again, as you would readthese verses, I would challenge you to take the time to each week as Colossians has been shared, and I'vebeen doing this and I'm not here, but I've taken every week and I go back tothe beginning of Colossians and I read it through again and I'm trying to putit all back together. What I hear what's been shared God challenge myheart. What did I need to learn differently today that brother, Denny,said or or Pastor Kevin said that that I need to look at in me, so I live right, so I am the person that you want me tobe God, because I want. I want I'm tryingmy best to stay white and holy and pure again. The danger in our world today is:Yes, God is loving and God is forgiving, but God still commanded us to be holy,be holy for. I am Holy, be set apart, be unspotted. Do weactually walk through the world not trying to get caught up in the sinsof the world or allowing our flesh or the temptations to draw us in D D D? Doyou not battle with that? We ought to every day of our life I get up everymorning, God help me make sure I see...

...things properly. I listen to thingsproperly because again, if I'm going to put on the mind of Crit, what I letinto my eyes and into my ears and what comes out in my mouth is a goodevidence of what's going into my heart, what I do with my hands, where I gowith my feet, you know people say we can go anywhere for Jesus. Well, yes,but no you're supposed to be a testimony o about you, but in the heading to awedding feast- and I know I'm thankful that God keepsme in a white robe or keeps me in a white gown. But you know what enclosingright right or do you want to go like this yeah? God will clean it up later. I girls, who wants to go to theirwedding in this beautiful dress without the markings. Well, my question to myself when I seethis and I've used. This is illustration for other types of thingsand banquets. The question I have to ask myself is: If I'm real, would Iwant to stand before God like this? When I know God says, I want you tocome like that, I'm thankful that, though, when I do get spots I I can getit cleaned, but I don't take it to the cleaners. Itake it to Christ, who washes me with the blood of Christ. So again it's an illustration. Butagain we need to think about that, because you would not dare go to yourwedding. Just like this, you would you would fight to keep this as clean asyou could. My question is: is now that God has cleaned you up from the inside, make sure the outside in the insidematch again it's easy to make the outsidelook good and that's what Jesus mentioned when he deals with thePharisees and stuff outside clean inside dirty, but Iremind you, brothers and sisters: God wants us to wash it up from the insideand on the outside should match, because we can't send mixed messagesand you can send mixed messages. Both ways enclosing. Okay, I love my parents,but I don't obey my parents. How does that work? It doesn't. If you don't do whatthey've asked you to do. Jesus says, be my disciples and an he tells us. Ifyou love me, you'll keep my commandments. What what is that? That's he's tellingus that we need to follow after his directions, so we don't have to be dirty andspotted, but he already knew that when we got dirty and spotted he would washus. That's where you realize how loving andmerciful and kind God is, but don't take that for granted and think well,just because you'll clean me up, I can just go jump through the mud. Doesn't work that way. Neither does it work that way in ourrelationships. If we try to fix all the relationshipsand make them look good this way, but we don't we don't get it right.This way, it'll never work, because we really don't know how tosubmit. We really don't know how to love. We don't know how to forgive. Wedon't know how to move on. We don't know how to how to again do lifetogether. We're broken people, but we have a God that takes brokennessand does great things with it, and that's why I get like brother Dennysaid: like the Kevin Road, the Kevin said the same thing: You know we're allyou're all here not by accident, come from different backgrounds. Differentwalks of life different purposes have different stories, but yet that we haveone thing in the same Jesus right, we ll believe that Jesus died. For My sins,I'm a sinner, I deserve hell. I deserve separation from God, and because ofthat, I can't stand before a righteous God. So therefore, God I dropped to myknees and I surrender to you save me Lord. I know I can't do this on my own and Ican't do life on Ma. I can't get to heaven on my loan. I can't do this lifeon my own either I need you and then he...

...gave us the church, the purpose to help each other as we dolife together. Let's do life together, but let's do itthe way, God designed as we continue working through the book of Colossians,again practical application gang. I love the way again, God gives us ourtheology, but then God says: Okay. Now I want you to get practical wives submit to your husbands. Husbands,love, your wives, children obey your parents, bond slaves to your employer. Are youyour master master? Just remember the way you treat your servants because oneday you're all going to stand before me and all you will give an account. You will give an account. Not It notdon't do it as man pleasers, but do it as unto the Lord. We got to keep that perspective right Dand Let's face it, it's hard very hard, but Gevin, Yep, I'll pray and otherKevin Clothes Gan. Thank you for your time, those online for listeningwatching. I I want you to again go to God's word this afternoon and look at what it says again for yourself for yourself: Let's pray, Father God inheaven. We thank you that you are a good and a great God, and you do Lord you. You want the bestfor us and again your plans from the beginning, where the garden of Eden,man and woman, creating a a family and taking care of a beautiful place, andyet man chose to sin. We stepped away from you, God and since then the worldis spiraling out of control. If we go to scripture, it says it and it's goingto get worse, but we can have confidence. Lord, as westudy the book of Calasanz and as we realize that even people will come andtry to get us to go backwards or to doubt what your word says: God we needto encourage each other to look heavenward to look up and to live in away that follows the teaching of Christ, the word of God, as or as our compass for life and Lord. When we do that, Lord, eventhough we don't understand it sometimes or even though we feel that the world'sgoing to think we're weird or it's not right, because it doesn't fall intotheir framework God they want to cancel you out of everything and God we'rehere to stand up and not fight the world. But to stand up and to be alight in a dark place and say we will not bow down to any other than Jesus, not help us to do that. Help us to encourage each other to dothat as we battle with the world, the flesh and the devil every day ofour lives, and it's about a wee can't win on ourown. But you will give us the victory. We have those promises, God and westand on them to day in Jesus name. We pray him an thank you there we go hey. Thank you! So much aworship an would you come up as we close our service Andre all over the place. That's what happens when you alwayspreaching through messages that use clothing, illustrations, putting on andputting off don't you come on up and close us out.Would you stand as we close and sing this one again as transition and thankPasaron for sharing with us? He illustrates so greatly. I think what alot of these relational principles share like regardless of our earthlyrelationships right, regardless of who your boss is regardless, as if you'remarried, how many of you have changed jobs inyour lifetime? Yeah everybody has right, we've allhave different employment situations...

...and what God is showing us is thatthere's there's a relational part that goes beyond what you're dealing with like in yourrelationship today. You know like just because your boss from five years ago,isn't your boss today doesn't mean that you don't respect him or love him or serve him or work with her or you know what I'msaying like there's a relationship that God is created that is bigger than yourimmediate relational situations. So like Pasione, he is notmy youth pastor anymore, but yet he has chosen to still love me and support meand pray for me and I still continue to learn and submit and love and respectand all of those things relational to him as well. And I think we can do thesame in our relationships, and so I hope that has come through today. Afterthis song, then we'll go to long's park and I will enjoy a great time offellowship together and lots of you thanks. So much for being here to day.

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