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Letters from Prison - Colossians
Our series is called "Letters from Prison" - which is a study of Paul's prison epistles or letters. A quartet of men left Rome in the year A.D. 62, bound for the province of Asia, which was located in what was designated as Asia Minor and is currently called Turkey. These men had on their persons four of the most sublime compositions of the Christian faith. These four letters are designated the “prison epistles of Paul,” since he wrote them while imprisoned in Rome. He was awaiting a hearing before Nero who was the Caesar at that time. Paul, as a Roman citizen, had appealed his case to the emperor, and he was waiting to be heard. (1) Epaphroditus from Philippi (Philippians 4:18) had the Epistle to the Philippians. (2) Tychicus from Ephesus (Ephesians 6:21) had the Epistle to the Ephesians. (3) Epaphras from Colosse (Colossians 4:12) had the Epistle to the Colossians. (4) Onesimus (Philemon’s slave) from Colosse (Philemon 10) had the Epistle to Philemon. We've covered three of these four. So, welcome to "Colossians" the final book in this quartet of letters. And welcome to Stones Hill Community Church and Online Notes!
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  • Stone's Hill Community Church - Ligonier Main Campus
    151 W Stones Hill Rd, Ligonier, IN 46767, USA
    Saturday 12:02 PM
We welcome you to Stone's Hill today!

A typical Stone's Hill service has music (feel free to sing out); some announcements (things that are upcoming that you can be a part of); a message out of the Bible (God speaks to us through his Word); and an opportunity for you to respond to the message (either immediately in the case of a decision that needs to be made OR in the future as you live out the message in your life.)

So relax and enjoy your morning! We're so glad you are here!
Letters from Prison - Colossians 3:5-11
One pastor calls this passage “Negative Newness”.

Why? Well, Paul writes about stuff that holds you back in your spiritual growth. You can present “Negative Newness” in a positive form.

The stuff Paul says to stop engaging in will result in newness of life…

1. There’s a new cleanness (3:5-7)
2. There’s a new calm (3:8)
3. There’s a new candor (3:9-10)
4. There’s a new community (3:11)

Do you need a new cleanness? A new calm? A new candor? A new community?

I think Paul is trying to position the church in Colossae to love people back to life. This is really hard to do if we are not like Christ in our purity and in the expression of our emotions and feelings and words.

In Search of a New Calm
John Van Diest says that anger hurts others when: You hold onto it too long; you refuse to forgive; you attack the person, not the action; you let it become a habit; you lose control; you become abusive; you hurt those you love; you react rather than act; you dwell on it constantly; you damage someone’s reputation.

Do you need a new calm? You’re not a slave to your anger anymore. When you get those anger invitations, you can decline them. You don’t have to go to every anger party you’re invited to.

When it comes to hurt and anger, you have one of three alternatives.
1. Repress it.
2. Express it.
3. Confess it.

So speaking of anger, are you mad today? How come? If you were honest, could you trace your anger back to your own ego or your own disordered loves? Furthermore, upon a closer analysis, would you be willing to admit that maybe you're angry with God?

It's important to admit our anger; to be in touch with our anger. Admit it because anger tends to hide itself. Until we recognize disordered love, we can’t heal disordered anger. What you’re doing in confession is ordering your love, in a way. You’re saying, “Look, why do I love that so much?” "God, I want to call an emotional time out. This is how I feel. Can you help me understand why I feel this way? Can you show me what I should do about it? Can you transform this into something helpful and good?"

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