New Life in Jesus

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Unit 30 , Session 3: New Life in Jesus

Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians while he was imprisoned in Rome. At this point, Paul had not yet visited the church at Colossae. The church was established by Epaphras, who reported to Paul that the church was facing troubles with false teachers. Paul wanted to put an end to the false teaching and remind the believers of who Jesus really is. Key to this letter is Paul’s teaching about how the gospel affects how we live.

Read Colossians 2–3, focus on some of the main points Paul makes. First, God changes us when we trust in Jesus. The Bible describes us apart from Jesus as “enemies of God” (Rom. 5:10) and “dead” in our sins (Eph. 2:1). Jesus rescued us from sin and death by dying on the cross and rising again. Jesus gives new life to people who trust in Him.

Second, following Jesus means living for Him. Jesus is our reason for living, and He gives us power to live in a way that honors Him. Jesus adopts us into His family and makes us new! We respond to the good news of the gospel by submitting to Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Finally, Jesus calls us to turn away from our sinful ways and live in a way that honors Him. Paul contrasts an earthly way of thinking with a godly way of thinking. The old, sinful way of living (the “old self”) is characterized by anger, wrath, hatred, lies, and filthy language. Paul wrote that living for Jesus means putting away the evil, selfish ways of the world and living like Jesus by loving God and loving others.

In Jesus, we have power to live in a new, godly way. This way (the “new self”) is marked by compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love. Paul says believers should “put on” these things. As we grow in this new way of living, God is making us more like His Son.

God changes us when we trust in Jesus. He adopts us into His family and makes us new! Jesus calls us to turn away from our sinful ways and live in a way that honors Him.

 


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New Life in Jesus

(Colossians 2-3)

God changes us when we trust in Jesus. He adopts us into His family and makes us new! Jesus calls us to turn away from our sinful ways and live in a way that honors Him.

 


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • How does God command us to live? (See Col. 3:1-2.)
  • What was your life like before you trusted in Jesus? Has it changed? How?
  • How can you remember to think about heavenly things instead of earthly things?
  • What are some ways you have seen God increase your kindness, humility, and love toward others?
  • How can we be sure we have new life in Jesus?

Worship

Game Idea

Tennis ball crash

 -Form two teams.

-Provide each team with a tennis ball.

-In the center of the room, stack six plastic cups in a pyramid shape.

-Challenge the team’s to take turns rolling their tennis balls to hit the stack.

-Each time the tower is knocked over, reset it and continue playing.

 

 

CONNECTION:

"Those were some great collisions. A collision is like a crash, when two objects run into each other while moving. That’s different from a Colossian, who is a person from the ancient city of Colossae. (koh LAHS sih) Paul wrote a letter to the Colossians, believers in Colossae. That letter became the book of Colossians, which we will study today."

Serving
Jesus

 

With all the snow we've been having, offer to snow blow of shovel snow for someone who may have a hard time doing it themselves.