This Sunday, I’ll be preaching on Colossians 3:18-4:1. In a twenty-five minute sermon, you can’t spend adequate time discussing and applying everything mentioned: wives, husbands, children, parents, servants, and masters, not to mention how submission and slavery fit. Below are a few recommended resources for each group as you seek to apply this in everyday life.
Main Idea: Every role and relationship offers an opportunity to follow and reflect Christ. Wherever God has us, we can put on Jesus so he is displayed through our discipleship.
Husbands & Wives
Children & Parents
“Momentary Obedience, Forever Honor” and “6 Practical Ways to Honor Your Parents” by Tim Challies at challies.com
“Obeying Parents in the Lord” at Ligonier.org
“When It’s OK to Disobey Your Parents” by J.D. Greear at jdgreear.com
“How to Exasperate Your Children” and “Parenting is Hard, but God is Gracious“ by Erik Raymond at thegospelcoalition.org
“Fathers (and Mothers), Do Not Provoke Your Children!” and “Nurture Your Children” by Tim Challies at challies.com
“Three Cautions and Encouragements for Dads” by Dustin Crowe at gcdiscipleship.com
“5 ‘Do Nots’ of Fathering” by R. Kent Hughes
Masters & Servants
Resources on Slavery and the Bible
“Keller and Carson: Greco-Roman Slavery versus Race-Based Slavery” at andynaselli.com
“Why It’s Wrong to Say the Bible is Pro-Slavery” by Gavin Ortlund at thegospelcoalition.org
“How Can I Trust the Bible When It Was Used to Justify Slavery” by Brandon Cleaver at rzim.org
Employers & Employees
“A Christian View of Management in Ephesians 6:5-9” by Matt Perman at whatsbestnext.com
“What Does it Mean to be A Christian Employer?” by Garrett Clawson at forthecity.org
“How Do Christians Live Out Colossians 3:23 in Today’s World” by Anne Peterson at crosswalk.com
“Do Your Work” by Tim Challies at challies.com
One of the NT paradigms so helpful in growing or maturing as a Christian (sanctification) is that we live out our new identity in Christ. We are a new creation in Jesus, with our old self dying and a new me rising to life with him (Col. 2:11-13; 3:1-4). From this foundation of our new status as God’s forgiven, remade, and beloved children, and from this new identity where who I am is integrally connected to my union with Jesus, we then put to death sin and put on Christ. We say “out with the old and in with the new” when it comes to those desires, thoughts, and behaviors that aren’t fitting of me now in Jesus or are fitting. Unlike how our clothes become out of fashion every few years, the virtues of Christ we’re to put on (Col. 3:12-15) are unchanging. They are attractive, fitting clothes in every season and through the ages.
Continue reading Out With the Old, In With the New: Put Off & Put on in Colossians 3:5-15
As you read the book of Colossians, Paul repeatedly holds up the supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus in all things and over all things. This would be true for any of the churches he sent a letter (Epistle), but it was especially necessary at Colossae. There were those at Colossae undermining Christ’s sufficiency. They did this–as far as we know–not by rejecting Jesus, denying his humanity or divinity, or denying the claims of Jesus. Instead, it was more subtle. This false teaching conveyed the idea that Jesus is a great start, but to really arrive, grow, be happy, or experience the highest levels of knowledge and religious experience, other things needed added to Jesus or sought alongside of Jesus. It’s a “Jesus plus” or “Jesus and” theology rather than a “Jesus alone” theology.
Continue reading Christ’s Sufficiency in Colossians
One of the things biblical scholars love to debate is what the “heresy” at Colossae actually was. Was it a heresy? What was taught? Was it from inside or outside the church? Paul warns the church at Colossae, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ (Col. 2:8).” So who were the false teachers at Colossae, and what was the nature of their teaching?
Continue reading What was the Colossian Heresy?
Colossians is full of great theology. Not just informative, but the kind of theology that warms our hearts with the knowledge of who Jesus is or that provides solid ground to stand on when our faith is shaky. The deeper we dive into Paul’s theology in this book the stronger our faith becomes.
Continue reading Articles on Two Key Doctrines in Colossians
Each week at Pennington Park Church, we provide a Sermon Discussion Guide for Small Groups to use in their time together. Below are some additional questions to study in advance to help you dive deeper in Colossians 1:9-14. Since this week will focus on prayer, we’ve also provided a five day prayer guide.
Continue reading Personal Study Questions & Prayer Guide for Colossians 1:9-14
Paul’s prayers—like his letters in general—so overflow with richness that you feel like you’re working to catch every drop as it pours out. There’s always more to be seen and acted on than what you find in the moment. This makes studying the Bible exciting, knowing there’s always more to be found later when we return. We never run out of “fresh grass” to feed on. Continue reading Learning to Pray from Paul
Each week at Pennington Park Church, we provide a Sermon Discussion Guide for Small Groups to use in their time together. Below are some additional questions to study in advance to help you dive deeper in Colossians 1:3-8.
Continue reading Personal Study Questions for Colossians 1:3-8
Here are ten things to know as you read the book of Colossians. For more context, you can also watch the video overview of Colossians from Bible Project.
Continue reading Background on Colossians: 10 Things to Know
Below is an example of the daily devotional from my book Finding Satisfaction in Christ: A Devotional Study of Colossians. The book walks through Colossians a few verses at a time, explaining and applying the passage in a Christ-centered way. You can purchase the book on Amazon in paperback or Kindle. Here’s day one to give you a feel for the book.
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” (Colossians 1:1–2)
Imagine you meet someone tomorrow and they ask you to describe yourself. What would you say? Who are you? Try summarizing who you are in ten words or fewer (really, try it).
Continue reading Three Identity Markers in Colossians 1:1-2