Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/20/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Last Sunday’s message was called Christ-Centered Relationships, taken from Colossians 3:18-4:1. Here is a brief outline of the message:

General principle: order, authority and submission (Romans 13:1-2)

I. Christ-centered marriage relationships (3:18-19)
   A. Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord
         – 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22-24
   B. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them
         – 1 Corinthians 7:33-34; Ephesians 5:25; 1 Peter 3:7

II. Christ-centered parenting relationships (3:20-21)
   A. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord
         – Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-2
   B. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged
         – Psalm 103:13-14; Ephesians 6:4

III. Christ-centered work relationships (3:22-4:1)
   A. Workers, obey your bosses (3:22-25)
         – Ephesians 6:5-8; 1 Timothy 6:1-2
      1) in all things and at all times even when they’re not looking
      2) with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord
      3) work with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men
      4) know that there is no favoritism
   B. Bosses, take care of your workers (4:1)
         – Ephesians 6:9; 1 Timothy 5:18; James 5:4
      1) provide them with what is right and fair
      2) know that you also have a Master in heaven

Look at Christ for your example:
   1) Husband/wives – look at Christ and his relationship with the church
   2) Children – look at Jesus who obeyed his parents
   3) Parents – look at Christ and his compassion
   4) Masters/slaves – look at the Lord as the ultimate reward-giver and judge

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