1. Looking at the first four verses, describe what Paul wants us to discover about how our relationship with Christ influences who we are.
2. The first strategy we employ as a church to help us discover who we are in Christ is Encountering God on Sunday mornings. Look at verses 16-17, and discuss how these instructions from Paul shape what we do together on Sundays. How can these practices help us discover more of who we are in Christ?
3. The second strategy we employ as a church to help us discover who we are in Christ is living in rich community. Look at verses 5-15, and discuss how we can grow in community, how we can help one another in community, and who is part of the community of Christ. How can these practices help us discover more of who we are in Christ?
4. The sermon closes with an illustration of how true things about our identity can remain hidden to us. What are some things that keep the truth about who you are in Christ hidden from you? How does that shape your day to day life?
5. What is one way you can more deeply engage in our strategies of Encountering God on Sunday mornings and living in community in order to increase your own understanding of who you are in Christ?
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.