In this sermon, entitled, “Whatever you do,” Pastor Neil teaches from Colossians 3:12-17, “… clothe Yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Here are some excerpts:

Whatever You Do… Be In Christ

Part of our problem is that too often we do not see ourselves as God sees us. We tend to view the sins of others as more serious than our own, comparing ourselves to others– and we do it in a way that makes us come out looking pretty good. We judge other people by their actions, but we want to be judged by our intentions. In not seeing ourselves as God sees us, we do not take our sin seriously enough. Most of us, I think, are willing to tolerate a certain level, or a certain kind, of sin in our lives, because, after all, no one is perfect, right? The Bible, though, says that if we are in Christ – if we have been made spiritually alive through faith in Him – we have died to sin…

Be Done with Prejudice

We are also to be done with sins of prejudice that only serve to divide and foster mistrust and hostility. Paul says in verse 11 that in and through faith in Christ, all of the distinctions that have been used to divide people have been removed. Jews and Gentiles are on equal footing… It doesn’t matter what you do for a living (unless what you do is immoral and contrary to the revealed will of God in the Bible, or unless you do your job in an immoral way). It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, what neighborhood you live in, your political views…

What matters, says Paul – what matters more than any of these and more than all of them combined – is Jesus. When he says in verse 11 that “Christ is all,” Paul means that Christ is all that matters. Being in Christ is all that matters. Knowing Christ as Savior and Lord is all that matters. Loving Christ is all that matters. Living under the sovereign and grace rule of the Lord Jesus Christ is all that matters. Jesus is the foundation, the fountainhead, the source and goal of our life, faith, and unity. In His death on the cross, Jesus has erased all the sinful divisions that once separated and segregated people from one another. It’s not about us. It’s about Jesus. But it does have real-life implications for us.

Be Set Apart

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy (set apart) and dearly loved by God, we must not allow any sinful divisions or racial prejudice or feelings of superiority to remain in our hearts. Or in the church. Or in our relationships and interactions in the course of daily life…

Whatever You Do…

…clothe yourself with a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience… Bear with one another and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another… Forgive (as freely and fully) as the Lord forgave you. Whatever you do, don’t do anything or go anywhere without the all-purpose, all- season, all-weather garment of love. For, as Jesus said, it is by our love for one another that the world will see and know that we belong to Him (John 13:35). Whatever you do, do it all in the name of Jesus and for His glory.

Pastor Neil has a lot more to say about this topic. Please click on the link below to hear this sermon in its entirety.

July 19, 2020

Colossians 3:12-17

Dr. Neil Smith

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