Yesterday, Ron Dozier brought Fashion Statement to a close with a message called “Hand Me Downs.”
It’s been an eventful seven weeks: we prepared 193,000 meals for Fed Up Sunday, collected 1310 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, and had a surge of worship attendance while drilling down into the meat of Colossians 3:1-12.
The bulk of the series and the metaphor on which it was built came from the last verse of that section of Scripture: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
The virtues there are not accessories or add-ons; they are the natural consequence of a life that is surrendered to and vulnerable before the God who “re-clothes” us in Christ — the same Christ is all and is in all (Colossians 3:11).
So by way of review, here are the “one point sermons” from the series:
Your ethnicity is NOT your identity. Your Savior is.
Pity watches what compassion does.
Kindness is what you do for people who can’t do for you.
Pride is self-esteem at the expense of others. Humility is self-awareness at the foot of the cross.
Gentleness is your power under God’s control.
Patience fills the space between what you expect and what you experience.
What’s next as we embrace Advent?
Christmas Lights. More on that later this week.