Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Kill or Be Killed

Colossians 3:5-6

 

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?