Read: Colossians 3:12-16
- The previous paragraph (v5-11) ends on a corporate note. This new paragraph begins where the previous one left off. “As God’s chosen people” indicates the communal nature of our existence. And it continues the emphasis upon our mutual responsibility and encouragement.
- The preceding paragraphs featured a command followed by 5 characteristic words and an explanation. This paragraph does the same. The command (v12) is to “clothe ourselves” with Christian character. 5 words describe that character. Then there’s an explanation concerning the overarching power of loving unity.
- This series of sentences describes a healthy body. It includes forbearance, forgiveness, unity and mutual encouragement. It makes it clear that Christian community is much more than what it isn’t—it’s what it is. Any congregation that can manifest these characteristics is an honor to Christ and should be attractive to a lost and dying world.
- Which of these characteristic traits do you possess? Which ones do you need to cultivate?
- On a scale of 1 (terrible) to 10 (fabulous), rate the character of Madison Park. What are you doing to move us toward 10?
- What service did you perform on Sunday that contributed to the health of our congregation? What will you do this Sunday?
Pray: Ask God to help us be healthy. Pray that we cultivate the collective character described here. Pray that your presence contributes to who we are.