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Sunday School lesson. June 14

Today’s lesson is entitled: The Bible provides moral guidance. (Read Colossians 3)

Some quotes from today’s lessons.

(1) Morality can be a difficult and even controversial subject in some circles. Many today believe the concept of morality is based on antiquated ideas and virtues that no longer apply. Sadly, ethics today are sometimes viewed as a matter of personal choice. The word of God, however, views morality in a far different way.

Scripture teaches that every human being has been created in the image of God. Imagine how that might affect ones perspective on morality. Today’s lesson deals with this topic, exploring how Christians ought to live as people who bear Gods image as well as the name of Christ.

(2) Key verse: Mathew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

(3) Christians have been made new in Christ. As a result, our definitions of right and wrong have been altered and should now be determined by Gods word. Godly morality is more than just a code of conduct, however. It flows from virtues that grow within us as followers of Christ.

(4) The implication is clear : God wants people to live in a way that pleases him, and reject living in a way that displeases him. So we are to live a good life in walking with God, not simply to honor a moral code but because of our unique relationship with a good God.

(5) Believers are to set their hearts on things above, and set their minds on things above.

(6) The church at Colossae and other congregations were battling a heresy called Gnosticism, a heresy that taught great mysteries. The gnostics believed that there were spiritual mysteries that only a few could know. But Paul stated that Gods people can all know spiritual truth.

(7) Colossians 3:12 lists values that bespeak mutual respect and deference (note how each focuses on considering the other person rather than self. ) It is not surprising , then, that Paul moved on to mutual forgiveness which is rooted in Christ’s forgiveness. Such a standard indicates that we ought to be willing to forgive even the worst of wrongs, since Christ died to take away our sins, the ultimate act of forgiveness.

(8) Many in today’s world are desperate for peace, yet they cannot discern the source of true peace: Christ.

(9) As we give thanks to God for our relationship with Christ, we find the means necessary to live peacefully. Then as Gods word dwells within us, we will live in right fellowship with our fellow believers, admonishing each other and worshiping together. And most importantly, we can keep in focus an important reality: as we serve others, we are in fact serving Christ. Such service forms fertile ground for a life of peace.

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