Saturday, April 15, 2006

When wolves kill eskimos...

Roger Carswell took us into Colossians 3, into the practical application of being rooted in Jesus Christ...

Before he stood to speak we witnessed Roger being given a wardrobe makeover by Anna Mack and Linda Marshall... quite possibly the funniest moment of the week. This was to illustrate the theme of chapter 3... putting off the old self, and putting on the new.

Roger began by reminding us that the cross and resurrection of Jesus changes everything. He warned us against BK Theology. Their place mats declaring:
"It's all about you...
we are the Kings...
you are the almighty ruler

Why did Jesus die and rise again? Romans 14v9 - from God's point of view to make Jesus Lord of the dead and the living. Great benefit to us, but primarily about him.

1. Seek the things above

This is the positive. Set your heart and mind above. Why? Because Jesus is risen. This is reality.

v3 - We died we can't come to sin anymore. We're dead.
v3 - Life is in Christ.
v4 - Christ is my life. Without Christ nothing is left.

Roger, like Richard on the first night, paid tribute to Nigel Lee. Nigel's last words to Roger:
"I'm looking forward to seeing Jesus"

2. Slay the things of earth

This calls for a moral and spiritual change in our hearts. Old passions are to be gone. I am not now what I once was. Its very specific. Sex is only in marriage. We must be ruthless against sin - putting it to death. Roger reminded us that the way that Eskimos kill wolves is by placing a bloody knife in the ice... they're attrached and begin to lick it... cutting open their own tongue their insatiable lust for blood eventually means they kill themselves by drinking their own blood.

3. Put off the old self

Caterpillar to butterfly... we're now in Christ and must be disciplined. Not super-spiritual harsh-discipline (ch2) but life giving discipline. Cultivating what we are in Christ. Roger noted that what TV calls strong language is filthy langauge.

4. Put on the new self

Sin doesn't fit in the new life. We're dead therefore... we're raised therefore...

We stand united in Christ. Don't lie to one another. Do bear with one another. Do teach one another.

How do we live it?

1. Clothed with love
2. Ruled by Christ's peace
3. Let God's Word dwell in you (Eph 5 - Spirit filled)
4. Everything in Jesus name

Finally, following the lead of Matthew Henry, be thankful:
"Matthew Henry was once robbed by a highway man. When he got home he listed four things to give thanks for:
1) That he hadn't been robbed before
2) That although they took all he had, it wasn't much
3) That he still had his life
4) That he wasn't the one doing the robbing

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