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GETTING A NEW WARDROBE

SERMON SERIES: IT'S TIME TO GROW UP 5

BOOK OF COLOSSIANS

MESSAGE: GETTING A NEW WARDROBE

Colossians 3 : 5 - 14

Introduction: Mark Twain introduces us to Huckleberry Finn. After his adoption by the widow Douglass, poor Huckleberry had difficulty in adjusting to his new life. The problem of course, was in the matter of his clothes. The poor boy was far too attached to that picturesque ruin of rags that had made him such a colorful figure in the community before he struck it rich. He had great difficulty in wearing his new clothes. In the Bible, of course, clothes symbolize habits. "Off with the old," says God, "on with the new! Off with the old, at once and once for all."

I.

GETTING RID OF THE OLD WARDROBE

v. 5-9

(The Old Man)

A. Put to death all sins that enslave the body.

(The sins listed) v. 5

1. Fornication - sexual relations outside the bonds of marriage.

2. Uncleanness - moral impurity; doing things that dirty, and pollute life.

3. Inordinate affection - passion, craving, strong desire, intense arousal,

and a driving lust.

4. Evil Concupiscence - evil desire, a yearning and an aching for all kinds

of evil.

5. Covetousness - craving, grasping, grabbing, desiring to have something.

6. Idolatry - the worship of idols, whether mental or made by man's

hands.

B. Such sins bring down the wrath of God upon man v. 6.

C. Such sins belongs to the old life (wardrobe).

D. Strip off the sins that enslave the emotions & tongue v. 8 & 9

GETTING RID OF THE OLD WARDROBE!

II.

GETTING A NEW WARDROBE

v. 10 - 14

(The New Man)

A. The new man's righteousness v. 10-11.

B. The new man's robes v. 12-14.

We are to put on-------

(1) Goodness v. 12

The garment of mercy

The garment of kindness

The garment of humility

The garment of meekness

The garment of patience

(2) Graciousness v. 13

The garment of forbearance - tolerance or mercy

The garment of forgiveness

(3) Godliness v. 14

The garment of love - holds everything together - the main garment. It

is called the bond of perfection; that is, love binds all the clothing or

great qualities of the believer's life together. This is the main garment

in the wardrobe.

GETTING A NEW WARDROBE

Responsive Reading: Colossians 3:1-14

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