Divorce and Remarriage

Tonight on the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible we will be discussing Divorce and Remarriage – Our nation has a big problem with this. Tune in tonight (and each Monday) at 7:00 pm CST at http://www.harrisandmoore.org.

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BASIC LIVING IN CHRIST

BASICS FOR LIVING IN CHRIST
Colossians 3:1-11

INTRODUCTION
A. In chapters 1-2, Paul has maintained that Christ is “all-sufficient” in matters of salvation and overcoming sin… Colossians 2:10
B. Beginning now in chapter 3, Paul gives some basic and practical admonitions that pertain to living a life in Christ
C. When carried out, these “Basics for Living in Christ” will assure that we find in Christ everything we need for this life and the one to come
D. The first admonition is found in verses 1-4…
DISCUSSION
A. SEEK THE HEAVENLY (3:1-4)
1. Set your mind on things above (3:1-2)
a. Why is this so important?
1) It is essential if we desire to be “transformed” – Romans 12:2
2) It is necessary if we want to be able to “live according to the Spirit” – Romans 8:5-6
2. How do we “seek those things which are above”?
1) By directing our minds’ attention to such things mentioned in Philippians 4:8
2) More specifically, by setting our attention on the Word of God, where we find:
a) Christ foreshadowed and foretold in the Old Testament
b) Christ’s life and teachings in the Gospels
c) Christ’s church in the Book of Acts
d) Christ’s fuller teachings in the Epistles
e) Christ’s encouragement and ultimate victory in the Book of Revelation
2. Further reasons to seek those things above (3:3-4)
a. We “died” (3:3)
1) This occurs when one is baptized into Christ, which is a burial into His death in which we are “crucified with Him” – Romans 6:3-6
2) We “died” to sin, that we might be free from sin and now live with Christ – Romans 6:7-13
b. Thus, we were also “raised with Christ” (3:1)
1) Which occurs when one comes forth from baptism – Colossians 2:12 (“…in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him…”)
2) We were raised so that we might “walk in newness of life” – Romans 6:4
c. Our life is “hidden with Christ in God” (3:3)
1) As Paul wrote to the Galatians 2:20
2) We have denied self, crucified self, so it is now Christ Who is to live in us!
d. When Christ appears in glory, so will we! (3:4)
1) The first three reasons for us to “seek the heavenly” were based upon what has happened in the PAST
2) This motivation is predicated upon what is promised for the FUTURE!
3. And what a wonderful promise that is! But to obtain that promise requires not only that we set our “minds” on things proper, but that we properly deal with our “bodies” as well.
4. To put it another way, from verses 5-9 we learn that we must also…
B. SLAY THE EARTHLY (3:5-9)
1. We must “put to death” the sensual sins (3:5-7)
a. Those that appeal to the “lust of the flesh”
1) Fornication
a) porneia
b) A general term for any illicit sexual intercourse; includes adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality
2) Uncleanness
a) akatharsia
b) Uncleanness in a moral sense: the impurity of lustful, luxurious, extravagant living
3) Passion (inordinate affection, KJV)
a) pathos
b) Used by the Greeks in either a good or bad sense; in the NT in a bad sense, it means depraved passion, vile passions
4) Evil desire (evil concupiscence, KJV)
a) epithumia
b) Desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust
b. Also that which appeals to the “lust of the eyes”
1) Covetousness
a) pleonexia
b) Greedy desire to have more, covetousnes
2) Described by Paul to be equivalent to idolatry!
a) For covetousness puts things in the place of God
b) We are to set our minds on things above (where God is), but when we covet material objects we have our minds on things below, making such objects our idols!
c. Motivation for putting these things to death
1) To avoid the coming wrath of God! – Colossians 2:6-7
2) Its one thing to do these things when we “lived in them,” but in Christ we have “died to them”!
2. We must also “put off” the social sins (3:8-9)
a. Sins of the “emotions”
1) Anger
a) orge
b) Movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but esp. anger
2) Wrath
a) thumos
b) Passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again
3) Malice
a) kakia
b) Malignity, malice, ill-will, desire to injure
b. Sins of the “tongue”
1) Blasphemy
a) blasphemia
b) Slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another’s good name; impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty
2) Filthy language (filthy communication, KJV)
a) aischrologia
b) Foul speaking, low and obscene speech
3) Lying
a) pseudomai
b) To lie, to speak deliberate falsehoods; to deceive one by a lie, to lie to
c. The reason for putting off all these things: we must complete in PRACTICE what we started in PRINCIPLE – Colossians 3:9b
1) When we were baptized, we “put off” the old man with his deeds (in principle) – Colossians 2:11-12; 3:9
2) In practice, it does not occur overnight, thus the need for such admonitions as: “But now you must also put off all these…” – Colossians 3:8
3. Finally, and briefly, we notice in verses 10-11 an admonition by Paul which will be expanded upon in the next section (12-17). He encourages us to…
C. STRENGTHEN THE CHRIST-LIKE (3:10-11)
1. For we have put on the new man (3:10)
a. In baptism into Christ, we “put on Christ” – Galatians 3:27
b. Thus, in PRINCIPLE we also put on “the new man” who is renewed “according to the image of Him who created him”
c. What we have done in PRINCIPLE (Col. 3:10), we will need to do in PRACTICE (cf. Colossians 3:12)
2. For the goal is “Christ is all and in all” (3:11)
a. To be renewed according to the image of Christ! … Romans 8:29
b. To become like Christ, and in so doing, destroy the barriers that have long divided man!
CONCLUSION
A. This is what might be called “the whole duty of man” in New Testament terms: to be renewed according to the image of Christ!
B. To accomplish this goal, we must heed the admonitions of Paul and:
1. Seek The Heavenly
2. Slay The Earthly
3. Strengthen The Christian
C. Did you notice that everything in this chapter assumes that one has been “raised with Christ” (cf. Co 3:1, “IF THEN you were raised with Christ…”)?
1. How are we raised with Christ?
2. Paul has already described how, in Colossians 2:11-13, where we learn that it is in baptism that God will raise one who has faith in the working of God!
3. Have you been baptized into Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38), and to be able to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:3-5)

Tom Moore
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Hamilton, Texas 76531
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PUNCTURE PROOF

An oldy but a goody…

“You know, I like some of these newfangled inventions. The puncture-proof tire is the one I like especially well. If you’re driving along with the ordinary tires, and a nail goes through them – whiss – you lose all the air. But, a puncture-proof tire is different, if a nail goes through it, some stuff inside runs around and stops up the hole and the air stays. You know, the heart of a Christian is like this puncture-proof tire. An ordinary heart may be filled with love, but when someone does something to puncture that heart, all the love runs out and hatred and hard feelings take its place. But, a puncture-proof heart is different; it is filled with the spirit of Christ, and someone through his words or actions punctures that heart, immediately the hole is stopped up tight and love stays in.” [Marshall Keeble]

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21)

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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BEER AND HYMNS?

Have you heard about the movement called “Beer and Hymns?” We will discuss this tonight on The Harris and Moore Expedition Through The Bible´╗┐. Join in tonight at 7:00pm CST at http://www.harrisandmoore.org or http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org as we discuss this issue. You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible says.

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HAVE YOU TAKEN INVENTORY YET?

A story is told of a young boy’s very first job in a small town general store. This was the day before supermarket chains at least it was in his community. At age thirteen he was hired as a handy boy. He would sweep the flour, bag items for customers, put up stock. On one particular Saturday, the boy recalled, he heard the owner say to one of the clerks “It’s that time of the year again, it’s time to take inventory.” This was a word that had not yet entered into his vocabulary. When an opportune moment arrived, he went up to the kindly older man and asked, Sir, what is an inventory? Patiently the owner explained that it was a time when you made a list of everything that you had – from groceries on the shelves to wrapping paper and string. Still somewhat puzzled, the young boy then asked, Why?

“Well, responded the owner, it is easy to forget exactly how much you have each year. Every now and then you have to take an inventory just to see what all you have.”

This, to me, pretty well sums up what Thanksgiving is all about. It is a time when each of us needs to ask ourselves the question: Have I taken inventory of my life lately? Have I made an effort to count all the things that I do have in life instead of complaining about the things that I don’t have. It is a good exercise especially when we are of a mind to brood or whine in self-pity. Have you taken inventory lately?

What I am suggesting here is not some shallow “count your blessings” platitude. But from time to time, or better yet – often, in a genuine kind of a way, we need to sit down and do some talking to ourselves about all of the gifts and opportunities and challenges that God has given each one of us. Perhaps there is a deep underlying wisdom in the old hymn that says: “Count your blessings one by one, and you might be surprised what the Lord has done.”

To the Almighty may our “voice of thanksgiving to be heard, And tell of all thy wondrous works” (Psa. 26:7). “It is a good thing to give thanks unto Jehovah, And to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High” (Psa. 92:1).

Think About It!

Have A Thankful Life!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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THE HARRIS AND MOORE EXPEDITION THROUGH THE BIBLE

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Harris and Moore Expedition through the Bible will air tonight only (Monday, November 24) at 5:00 pm CST.

Tune in tonight at http://www.harrisandmoore.org or http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org as we discuss: “Some Ancient Problems That Face Our Nation Today.”

We are also airing on KATX 97.7 FM, KNNK 100.5 FM, and KQMK 1680 AM.

You have heard what men said, now listen to what the Bible says.

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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THANKFULNESS

A foursome of senior golfers hit the course with waning enthusiasm for the sport. “These hills are getting steeper as the years go by,” one complained. “These fairways seem to be getting longer too,” said one of the others. “The sand traps seem to be bigger than I remember them too,” said the third senior.

After hearing enough from his buddies, the oldest and the wisest of the four of them at 87 years old, piped up and said, “My friends, just be thankful we’re still on this side of the grass!”

It is easy to find things to complain about (and some people seem to enjoy doing it!). Very few things around us are just the way we would like them if we were living in an “ideal” world. However, we need to be careful that we do not get so caught up in our complaints that we overlook the great blessings that abound in our lives.

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 The. 5:18).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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