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Mar 17

Sermon Follow-up: “The Christian’s New Clothes”

2011 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Sermon Follow-Up

In Sunday’s sermon, “The Christian’s New Clothes,” Ryan preached from Colossians 3:10-16 where Paul tells us what believers are to “put on” (3:12). The language of “put on” and “put off” calls to mind the imagery of clothing. Christians are to wear the new clothes of new life in Christ. These new clothes are “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (3:12) As we put these things on, we do so, “bearing with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgiving each other” (3:13). Above all, we are to “put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (3:14).

Those new clothes have a lot to do with relationships. In fact, those new clothes have everything to do with relationships.

As those who are God’s “chosen ones, holy and beloved,” we are to love one another. And that love is not a matter of mere good thoughts or good intentions towards people. Christian love, which is the capstone of Paul’s list, is defined by this list. It is patient. It is kind. It forgives.

Growing in this love is our glorious occupation as believers.

As you depend upon God’s Spirit for the grace to do so, here are some resources for your help and encouragement:



We would also commend one final resource, a sermon by John Piper, “I Act the Miracle.” This is an exposition of Romans 8:13, where Paul writes, “If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Piper summarized his sermon in this short article.
Love Walked Among Us: Learning To Love Like Jesusf