Notes from the sermon (10/25)….

Text:  Colossians 3:12-14

Title:  Putting on Saint’s Clothing

Theme:  A new identity requires new clothes.

Here are the quotations I used during the sermon…

There are some Christians who remind me of stainless steel.  They are clean but cold, and not very appealing.  They do little wrong.  They are very good at avoiding vices condemned in the first part of Colossians 3, as well as a good many not mentioned there.  But they are not warm or winsome.  Their holiness is a sort of holiness by numbers.  They’ve learned the rules and are painting their lives within the lines.  But they’re not very personable or attractive….They are the sort of people Mark Twain talked about ‘good in the worse sense of the word’”.  – Derek Tidball, The Reality Is Christ

Meekness accepts without murmuring whatever God may assign, and without resistance any evil which men may inflict.  It is contrasted with harshness and rudeness” – Charles Eerdman

Forgiveness is costly, and the more someone has hurt you, the harder it is to forgive.  It helps us to remember that we ourselves are debtors, and that therefore our forgiveness flows from God’s forgiveness. – Philip Ryken in When You Pray

Love is the most comprehensive virtue of all.  It demands a self-giving which goes beyond anything which has been called for up to now.  For, according to the Bible, the Christian understanding of love is defined by the Cross of Christ.  John says, ‘This is how we know what love is:  Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.’” – Derek Tidball

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