"As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." - Psalm 18:30

RAISED WITH CHRIST WITH A HEAVENLY GOAL

(or, WHAT IS YOUR MINDSET?)

Text: Col. 3:1-3

 

I. “If then you were raised with Christ” (v.1a) The new birth.

 

II. “Seek those things which are above” (v. 1b) The newness of life;  goals – they are spiritual in nature. Looking to God’s will.

 

III. “Where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God” (v. 1c)  Recognition of the eternal rewards we will receive if we seek God’s will.  We also see the reigning King! This gives us hope!

 

IV. “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (v.2) Maintaining a mental/heart focus on the spiritual over the temporal.

 

V. “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (v. 3) The old man of sin is dead. The new man is “hidden” - safe and secure in holy fellowship with God and Christ. But we must maintain this relationship.

 

Note: Can be Textual and include the context and make a broad application, or Expository by dealing solely with the context. This is an outline. As brother Tom Holland used to say, "You put the meat on the bones."