Kill or Be Killed
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
1. Be intentional about dealing with your sin.
· Why do you think Paul makes this such an urgent issue? What makes sin so horrible that we must hunt it down and kill it?
· Why do you think that sexual sins are emphasized here in Colossians?
· Why do sins need to be both “starved” and “drowned”?
o Do you think different types of sins should be handled differently?
o If somebody is ensnared by both sexual sin and, for example, laziness, how would you encourage them to kill the sin in their lives?
· In the sermon, I used the biblical examples of stubbornness as making a person either like a donkey or a witch. Do you find it helpful to be creative in order to get God’s perspective on sin?
2. Because God is intentional about dealing with sinners.
· Why do people hesitate to talk about the wrath of God?
· In what ways are we witnessing the wrath of God in our present culture here in the US?
· Look up Eph.5:5-6, 1 Cor.6:9-10, and Gal.5:19-21.
o What do these passages say about the person who is given over to a life of sin? Can he be an heir of the kingdom of God?
o In what ways does Paul emphasize the certainty of what he is saying?
o These sins are in all of us in some way. How do you harmonize this with the doctrine of eternal security?