Sermon: “Pray, Speak, Live” - by Randy Roberts
Pastoral Welcome: Tyler Stewart
Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:2–6, TNIV
Children's Feature: TBD
If you had one paragraph in which to provide a group of Christians instructions on how Jesus might wish for them to live their lives, what would you write? What actions would make the list? Which virtues would you recommend? What disciplines would you include? And, maybe just as important, what would you leave off?
Jesus had a list that was one item long! On the night before his crucifixion, he said to his disciples: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35, TNIV). It’s hard to improve on that! But, truthfully, while Jesus elevated love as the supreme virtue, he also had many things to say about how love is to be incarnated in the way we live our lives. See the Sermon on the Mount for an extended example!
And then there’s Paul. In today’s passage, Paul provides a one-paragraph list of instructions regarding how Christ-followers are to live their lives. It is true that he is writing to a specific situation in a local church, so what he includes is influenced by what is taking place in that particular congregation. But it is also surprising just how universal his instructions actually are. It is a paragraph worth our study and our obedience.
So, let us explore some Spirit-inspired directives of how we are to live our lives.
Randy Roberts, Senior Pastor