Prison Epistles Lesson 26

Put It Off!
(Colossians 3:5-11)

KEY TRUTH: Walking in Christ requires that we stop indulging the desires of the flesh and remove sin from our lives.

  1. Walking in Christ means making a conscious effort to kill whatever sin remains in you.
  2. Walking in Christ means acknowledging that you make moment by moment choices to choose Christ or indulge the flesh.
  3. Walking in Christ means putting to death all sexual sin (Colossians 3:5)
  4. Walking in Christ means you put off social sins (Colossians 3:8-9)
  5. Why does walking in Christ require putting off sin?
    1. You put off sin because walking in the flesh brings the wrath of God. (Colossians 3:6)
    2. You put off sin because walking in the flesh reflects your previous, unsaved life. (Colossians 3:7)
    3. We put off sin because we’ve laid aside the old self and put on a new self. (Colossians 3:9-11)
      1. Your old self is being continually taken off. (Colossians 3:9)
      2. Your new self is being continually renewed. (Colossians 3:10-11)
        1. You are undergoing continual renewal.
        2. Your renewal is based on the knowledge of Christ.
        3. You are being renewed into the image of Christ.
        4. Your renewal comes with no distinction.
      3. In your new self, Christ is sufficient. (Colossians 3:11)

IMPLICATIONS

QUESTIONS

Today’s text is personal and the primary application is self-examination. Discuss any section of the text that struck you as significant or challenged you personally.

What are some dangers for the believer who remains in his sin? Here are four areas Paul talked about in this paragraph that are problem areas for men.

  • What are some practical and spiritual dangers of sexual sin?
  • What are some practical and spiritual dangers of anger?
  • What are some practical and spiritual dangers of an unbridled tongue?
  • What are some practical and spiritual dangers of greed?