Colossians - Lesson 6
What We Put On
Background Information for the Teacher
- The student can draw the chart showing the limit, the approved, and the disapproved.
- The student can explain why we should be a new person and what that means.
- The student can explain what Paul means by each of the qualities he asks us to"put on."
- Be sure to have worksheets ready.
- Have a chalkboard or marker board ready.
- Everyone in the class needs a Bible.
The cleansed Christian will put off old ways and will put on many new good qualities.
Lesson Plan for Teaching the Class
Introduction: (13 minutes)
- Greet visitors, check the roll, make announcements.
- On the space provided on the worksheet, ask the class to draw the chart about limits and to put the essential items on the chart. Then ask the class to write some need such as possessions, power, or sex to the left side of the chart and then to write something connected with that need that would fit on each side of the line.
- Repeat together the memory verse from last class meeting.
Learning Experiences: (27 minutes)
- Read Col. 3:10. Q: What does this verse teach us about the "new self." A: Itis being "renewed daily in knowledge in the image of its Creator." Q: What is the goal Paul expresses for us here? A: That we will be renewed in the image of the Creator. Q: Who is the creator intended here? A: Jesus because He is called Creator in chapter 1. Q: What does it mean to be "renewed dailyin the knowledge of the Creator?" A: A growing knowledge about Christ will help us to be renewed daily to be more like Him. Q: What practices will help us to be renewed daily in the knowledge of Christ? A: Bible classes, private study, prayer, fasting, family devotionals, etc. Be specific in telling how and where we can best do these.
- Read Col. 3:12-15. Q: How does Paul seek to motivate the Colossian Christians to add the Christian virtues? A: He calls them "God's chosen people, holy and beloved." Parents sometimes encourage their children by saying "our family does this" or "does not do this." Paul here is saying that since we are the family of God, who are holy and beloved, remember to put off the bad qualities and demonstrate good ones. That's how our family acts.
- Let's make a list on the board of the qualities Paul says should characterize God's people. After we list each one, I will ask you to tell a story about a time when someone in the church has demonstrated this quality. If you can't think of a specific time, then tell of a situation in which we would need to show this quality. Compassion. Q: What is an example of someone in the church showing compassion? A: Now let's think about kindness. Next Humility. Gentleness. Patience. Bear and forgive. Put on love. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Be thankful.
- Q: What can we do personally and as a congregation to grow in these qualities? A: Read the scriptures that give examples of people doing thesethings or failing to do them. Pray, both privately and publicly, that we will grow in these qualities. Have a public prayer that asks God to help us be more forgiving or more patient? Have Bible classes that study these qualities.The preacher can use stories about people showing these qualities in his sermons. Give special attention to developing these qualities in our youth as they grow up among us. Especially we should praise them when they show the quality.
- Look back at the chart we drew at the beginning of class. These qualities belong on the left side of the line and are a description of how a person lives who respects God's limits. The bad qualities go on the right side and describe how a person lives who does not respect God's limits.
- As you go through the coming week, find ways to display these qualities.
- Next week as we begin class, we will ask for examples you have noticed this week of someone either rejecting the qualities beyond the limit or someone finding ways to live within the limit. This could be in your personal life, your family, someone in the church, or someone in the news.
- Watch for examples of Christians practicing the qualities we are to display.
- Read Colossians, chapter 3.4
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