The Man I Used to Be
Colossians 3:7–8 (ESV)
7In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
8But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
1. What are the difficulties of saying that there should be growing evidence of change toward Christlikeness in the life of a person who professes faith in Christ?
· What does the Scripture teach about a person who professes to know Christ but consistently demonstrates a life that is headed in the opposite direction?
· Look at 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and Galatians 5:19-21 and discuss the challenges that these passage pose.
· On the other hand, Christians can and do commit any sin. How might 1 Kings 15:5 and the surrounding context help answer this question?
2. What are the differences between those who came to know Christ as an adult and those who are growing up in Christian homes? What are the similarities?
3. As our church family grows, how important do you think it is for us to appropriately and intentionally involve ourselves in each other’s lives to make sure we are all growing spiritually? What terrible things can happen in a church family where people are not truly growing spiritually?
4. Why do you think Paul emphasizes the need to put away anger so much? Why is anger an “acceptable” sin to many Christians but “sexual immorality” isn’t?
5. How does the Gospel offer help to believers who are seriously working at putting their sins away?