November 22, 2020


"Christian Character" sermon by Pastor Kevin Rutledge

Corinthians 3:18 - And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Romans 8:29 - For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son

Our Journey this Fall

  • The Word of God
  • Prayer
  • Suffering
  • Community
  • Serving
  • Sharing our faith
  • Generosity and Giving

A reoriented life

Colossians 3:1-4 - Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Break with the past

Colossians 3:5-11 - Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Put on your new clothes

Embrace your identity

Colossians 3:12a - Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,

Replace your old wardrobe

Colossians 3:12b-14 - clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Live peaceably

Colossians 3:15 - Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 

Let the Word of Christ take root

Colossians 3:16 - Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 

Live life in recognition of Jesus' lordship

Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The Pathway to Spiritual Growth

  1. Become a follower of Jesus
  2. Join other believers in worshipping together on Sundays
  3. Be baptized (Matthew 28:19)
  4. Do a “Foundations” or Alpha Course
  5. Join a Life Group
  6. Serve with the gifts God has given you (Ephesians 4:11-16)
  7. Take advantage of programming opportunities, mentoring relationships, and seminary