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Live it Together - Marriage, Family and Labor in the Gospel

April 3, 2011 Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Series: Subversion - Colossians

Topic: Exposition Scripture: Colossians 3:18–4:1

Subversion so far...

  • Different LORD

  • Different GOSPEL

  • Different LIVES


New Team - Life in Community

The Ancient Household

On Slavery


The Household Builds the Community


Live it Together—Colossians 3:18-4:1

Marriage, Wives and Husbands (3:18, 19)

Love and Respect

  • Husbands (Dragons and New Unis)


  • Wives (Dragons and New Unis)


Family, Parents and Kids (3:20, 21)


Work, Servants and Masters (3:22-4:1)

Motivation in our Work

  • The Dance Before People?
  • Joyful Service to our King?




Motivation in fair/just Authority

  • Justice of God
  • We are Under Authority


Community and Culture


Community Meditation Questions

  • Some Assignments

- For those who are married: If you are married set aside an hour in the next week or two just to talk with your spouse  and ask “How are we doing?” Kindly share what is hopeful and helpful as well as hurtful and dragon-like in your relationship. Just listen and don’t interrupt the other.  Be patient and listen: What does God want you to hear from your spouse?

- For those who are Dads: Ask your kids this question without any introduction: “Kids, how could I be a better Daddy for you?” Just listen, don’t debate or shape the conversation etc. Just listen prayerfully.

  • The focus of the gospel is not a good marriage and family. The gospel is about Jesus saving people and transforming all of life. Your spouse and kids are not to be worshipped.  We worship together and live out Jesus’ mission with them.  Discuss why this distinction is so important.
  • Are you doing your work as if it is an act of worship to Jesus? How is your attitude on the job? Re-read Colossians 3:23, 24. What is your reward in any and every bit of work you do? 
  • If you are an employer or in management, how do you treat those who work for you?   Does God care about this?

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