Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Put Off, Put On

Colossians 3:9-11


Colossians 3:9–11 (ESV)

9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices

10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

11Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.


1.     Can you give me a basic overview of what we’ve covered so far in the book of Colossians?  Paul has been arguing along a certain line of reasoning that leads us to this passage for a sermon entitled “Put Off, Put On.”

2.     When did Christians put off the old self and put on the new self? Why are these past tense actions? (Hint: See Colossians 3:1ff)

3.     Why is lying singled out as something believers should put off?

a.     In what ways are we all tempted to lie as humans?

b.     In what ways are we all tempted to lie as Christians?

4.     What is the primary way that God has designed for believers to be renewed in knowledge?

a.     Why is “being renewed” in the passive voice?

b.     Who does the renewing? 

c.      Does that mean we are passive when growing spiritually?

d.     If not, then what role does each believer play in his own spiritual growth?

5.     Who is to be our focus in spiritual growth according to verse 11? 

a.     What does it mean when it says that “Christ is all”?

b.     What does it mean when it says that “Christ is in all”?

6.     What can NRBC to do reach more of the Scythians in our culture?