Proposition: The Christian life involves a putting off and a putting on.
I. THE OLD WAYS THAT MUST BE ELIMINATED, vs. 5-9.
A. Improper sexual desiresII. THE NEW WAYS THAT MUST BE CULTIVATED, vs. 12-14
B. Improper worship
C. Improper temperament
D. Improper communication
A. MercyConclusion: Salvation is not just for canceling out the past; it is also for enhancing the present and the future. We must put off and put on certain things. Our whole life must be lived in the name of Christ.
F. And, above all, love
There are places in the United States where it is
considered a mild insult to call a man "boy." It was once a goal
of every person to be thought a man or a woman. Against this context,
we must read the titles of today's pornography magazines, PlayBOY
and PlayGIRL. They are well named. Their readers are
immature, childish, and pathetic!
In Paris, Montemarte means mount of the martyrs.
At its foot, the streets are lined with porno shops!
It is a common expression among golfers, as one approaches
the ball he has just hit onto the green, "How do you lie?" Sometimes
one questions the answer and changes the question to an exclamation, "How
you do lie!" In fact, there are some cynical souls who trust no one.
Many do lie; but there are also many who will always tell you the truth.
Have you ever seen one of those startling sentences
lettered on a truck or van, "Blind Man Driving!" Then you realize
that it is a man who sells venetian blinds! Or, the equally atrocious
pun you see in some dry cleaner ads: "We dye to live." All of us
must die to live; not d-y-e, but d-i-e. Over and over again in his
letters, Paul uses death as the best illustration of the radical change
that comes into our lives when we accept Christ. The changes are
so great that only terms like death and resurrection can describe them.
Stephen Judy was convicted of murdering a twenty-three-year-old
mother and her three children. Interviewed two days before his execution,
he said, "I can't say I regret it, honestly. I don't lose any sleep
Again and again, God demonstrates that He can bring good out of evil. The Black Plague was a great evil; but had there been no Black Plague, there would have been no Passion Play at Oberammergau. This village, threatened by the Plague more than three hundred years ago, prayed to be spared. They vowed that if they were, they would put on a play to honor Christ and would do it every ten years till the end of time. The vow has been kept, and thousands upon thousands have been inspired by the Passion Play.