Resources on Roles & Relationships in Colossians 3:18-4:1

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

5 Realities of a Wife’s Submission in Marriage” by Erik Raymond at thegospelcoalition.org

Submission: A Biblical Principle with a Bad Rap” by Casey Lewis at ftc.co (For the Church)

Confessions of a Reluctant Complementarian” by Rebecca McLaughlin at rebeccamclaughlin.org

What Will Submission to My Husband Look Like” by John Piper at desiringgod.org

How Do You Love Your Wife Like Christ Loves the Church?” by Erik Raymond at thegospelcoalition.org

Love Your Wife Like Jesus Love Her” by Tim Counts at desiringgod.org

How to Love Your Wife as Christ Loved the Church” by Tim Challies at challies.com

6 Ways to Lead and Love Your Wife” by Brad Merchant at thegospelcoalition.org

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

Recommended Resources from August

I’ve realized how easy it is to consume news, information, and even spiritual knowledge without retaining it. We move from social-media post to online article to amusing YouTube video to online shopping seamlessly. One of the downsides is we don’t reflect on or respond to what we’re reading, viewing, and hearing. Because of the amount of information that inundated us, we also tend to forget what we read (that mattered) and fail to hold on to or prioritize what was actually beneficial.

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A Few Recommended Websites

We’re #blessed to live in a day and age where there are so many good Christian resources online and in print. However, there is also a lot of misinformation as well as bad theology out there. While this is only a small sampling, here are a few of my favorite websites for thinking biblically about personal, discipleship, and cultural challenges today. There are a lot of other great Christian websites for niche groups, but I left those out of my list.

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Resources on Wisdom and Discernment

“Much in cultural engagement hangs on wisdom and virtue rather than a list of rules or universal plan that we might extract from the Bible.” Joshua D. Chatraw & Karen Swallow Prior, Cultural Engagement

“Of all its benefits, one of the drawbacks of the digital age is how easily we mistake information for knowledge….The goal of discernment is not to simply avoid evil in this life, it is to learn what is good so that we might embrace and enjoy it.” Hannah Anderson, All That’s Good

We have more information than ever, and yet it seems we’re less discerning than ever. Maybe those two go hand-in-hand, as the amount of information and the mediums we receive that information from (primarily online and through social-media) don’t prioritize wisdom.

In an age of fake news, alternative opinions, echo chambers, tribalism, information overload, cancel culture, and hot takes, taking the time to diligently study issues, consider various views, compare it with biblical teaching, and reflect on the nuances and complexities of those issues before arriving at an opinion–and sharing it–seems to rarely happen. It’s much easier to simply read one article that says what I like (or even just read the headline) and quickly share it with everyone. It feels good. But does it cultivate discernment and diligence? Does it over-simply issues or honestly reflect nuance? Wisdom is in short supply, but let’s do what we can to try and reclaim it.

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Bible Verses and other Recommended Resources

Below is a list I’ve compiled of Bible verses that might be encouraging during this season, as well as some additional resources. I’d like to add other good resources, so let me know in the comments if you’ve found other helpful things.

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Resources for Parents on Creation

Last Sunday, our Children’s Ministry kicked off week 1 of The Gospel Project. The first session is on “God Created the World” and Genesis 1. (Next week highlights God Created People.) While all of Scripture is inspired and profitable (2 Tim. 3:16), not every section is  equally significant to the Story. Genesis 1-2 summarizes Creation. It reveals God as the Maker of all things, and how all things point to Him. It provides conceptual seeds for truths and themes that bloom throughout the Bible.

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