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Colossians 3:1-5 (2)

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Victory Over Sin: Priorities and Goals

Colossians 3:1-5 (2)

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Lesson Number 15

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The biblical method of victory over sin is the RAM method.
    R – Realize your position in Christ
    A – Aspire to the things of heaven
    M – Mortify your members on earth

Practical Application

  1. Get more involved in Christian service.

Questions

  1. Basically, Gnostic thought said, “You can do whatever you want with your body; only two things matter.” What were these two things?
  2. List sins of the body to be overcome.
  3. The biblical method of victory over sin is the RAM method. List the three steps.
  4. Can mere humans have divine life?
  5. What does it mean to aspire to something?
  6. How do you die to self?

Answers

  1. The soul and the spirit
  2. Colossians 3:5: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
  3. R – realize your position in Christ A – aspire to the things of heaven M – mortify your members on earth
  4. Yes, by recalling your position in Christ – believers are forgiven sinners. Realize that your debt has been paid. See 2 Peter 1:3-4.
  5. To seek something high and great; it has to do with the priorities in life, aligning them with your position in Christ. We are to think, as well as to be what we are.
  6. By ruthlessly rejecting all habits and practices which are known to be wrong. See Matthew 5:29-30. This should affect all that we do.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Refer to 2 Corinthians 10:5. How can you bring your thoughts into obedience to Christ?
  2. Are you still trying to overcome sin in your life by your own will power? Does it work? Consciously seek things above. What are things above?

Challenge

  1. Review your priorities and goals in life. Align them with your position in Christ. How involved are you in Christian service? Is this sufficient to keep you from sin?

Key Verses

  • “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above.” Colossians 3:1 “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:4

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