BIBLE TEXT: Colossians 3:1-13
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
MEMORY VERSE: Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
LESSON AIM: To teach the teens to live lives that please God.
CENTRAL TRUTH: Our lives must please God.
There is a lifestyle that God expects His children to live, this is outlined in the book of Colossians chapter 3. The summary of this chapter is that we must live to please God everyday of our lives. We must be conscious of the fact that we have a new life in Christ. When we have our lives to Christ, we died with Him and are raised with Him, and our lives are now hidden with Christ in God. Galatians 2:20.
A. How can we live to please God? Let us go through our text and discuss each point:
- We must set our………and………on things above. Col. 3:1-2.
Is there anything wrong with thinking about things here on earth?
- We must put to……….the following: ………………….
…………………………. which is ………….. verse 5.
- Get rid of……………………………….. verse 8.
- Do not ………..to each other. verse 9.
- We must ……………… ourselves with ………………..
- We must also learn to ……….. each other. verse 12
B. Benefits of pleasing God.
- God will be pleased with you
- All your prayers will be answered.
- Your protection will be sure
- Your enemies will be at peace with now.
DISCUSSION: What are the challenges young people face that make it very difficult to live to please God? Identify them them and make time to talk to God in prayer about them.
INVITATION/APPLICATION: Col. :4 says “When Christ, who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory”. Be encouraged to live to please God because there is a glory ahead being prepared by God. And you won’t want to miss it.
CONCLUSION: The Book of Colossians chapter 3, verses 1-12 can be called a self-check message for the believer to assess their walk with Christ. It gives us things that should be present in our lives and the things that should not be associated with. So, when you read and study Colossians 3, examine yourself, to see if all is well or we need to repent of some things and confess them to God so that we might be cleansed from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
DEVOTION FOR THE WEEK
SUNDAY: Acts 6:1-12 – Dead To Sin
MONDAY: John 10:1-14 – True Shepherd
TUESDAY: Mark 11:20-24 – Have Faith
WEDNESDAY: Luke 16:1-12 – Stewardship
THURSDAY: John 15:1-8 – True vine
FRIDAY: Psalm 31:1-10 – God is a Fortress
SATURDAY: Proverbs 3:16 – Guidance For Thee