SERMON: “The Calling of the Church”

Topic: The Calling of the Church: Costume, Custom and Culture

Speaker: Rev Rob Merrills
Scripture: Colossians 3:12-14

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; [13] Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. [14] And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Colossians 3:12-14 KJV

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. [13] Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. [14] And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14 NIV

Key Points:

1. Costume of the church – what people observe about the church – the attributes we demonstrate (v.12)
2. Custom of the Church – the manner in which we act and the motivation for it (v.13)
3. Culture of the Church – the basis for why we act, the foundation that our costume and our custom fit onto (v.14)

There are 7 recommendations here using the word Forgive as an Acronym.

  • Face your hurt
  • Ordain your pain
  • Related to your offender
  • Gift the offender
  • Invoke Forgiveness
  • Vie for Forgiveness
  • Elicit Prayer

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