Expressing the Indwelling Word of Christ – Colossians 3:16

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Pastor Scott L. Harris

Grace Bible Church, NY

February 13, 2011

Expressing the
Indwelling Word of Christ

Colossians 3:16




This morning we come once again to Colossians 3 and Paul’s description of the
manner in which a Christian should live. The characteristics described are
impossible to carry out unless there is a radical change in the individual. The
person without Christ, including those who have a false profession, might be
able to carry out some of these commands with the people they love or want to
impress, but they cannot do it to all people as is required of the Christian.
The believer has to live according to these virtues even with their enemies.

Please follow along as I read Colossians 3:1-17 again to set the context for
this morning’s study.


3:1 (NASB) If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the
things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind
on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died
and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is
revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.


5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to
immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to
idolatry. 6 For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will
come, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But
now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, [and] abusive
speech from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the
old self with its [evil] practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being
renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him 11
–[a renewal] in which there is no [distinction between] Greek and Jew,
circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but
Christ is all, and in all.

12 And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a
heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing
with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against
anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 And beyond all
these things [put on] love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 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 richly dwell within you, with
all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms [and] hymns [and]
spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And
whatever you do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks through Him to God the Father.

Those who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His atonement for
the forgiveness of their sins are radically changed by God. They are redeemed,
regenerated and reconciled with God though the sacrificial death and
resurrection of Jesus. Their old self dies with Christ and a new self is raised
to newness of life.(See:
Consequences of Life in Christ
Here in Colossians 3, Paul describes that as the old man and new man. The old
man is dead and needs to be put off, and the new man needs to be put on. The new
man occupies the same old physical body of the old man and has to contend with a
brain that has been trained to think in wrong patterns and view the world
incorrectly, but those things will change as the man is conformed into the image
of Christ. (See:

Mortifying the Flesh,
Pt. 3

The old man is dead and Christian needs to quit dragging his old corpse
around. His previous deeds and attitudes are to be put to death – immorality,
impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed along with anger, wrath, malice,
slander and abusive speech. In their place the deeds and attitudes of the new
man are being developed through the cleansing of God’s word, the renewing of his
mind, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The believer’s character is
changed so that he is marked by compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness,
patience, bearing with one another, forgiving each other and agape love. These
virtues are not limited to friends and loved ones, but are extended to all men.
The result of this is a disposition of peace and thankfulness. Because the
believer has peace with God through Christ, he can be at peace himself and
extend peace to others. A peace that is not just the absence of conflict, but a
peace of harmony in relationships. Obviously such harmony requires both parties
involved to work at being at peace and it may not be possible if one of them
refuses to do so. That is why God only commands us to be at peace with all men
so far as it depends on you. Such an effort would include living out these
Christian virtues. (See:
Christians Virtues,
Pt. 4 – Peace & Thankfulness


The Indwelling Word of Christ


This morning I want us to concentrate on verse 16 and one of the areas of
action that arise out of this change of character in the Christian.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching
and admonishing one another with psalms [and] hymns [and] spiritual songs,
singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

This is the only place that this particular phrase, the word of Christ,
occurs. More common are the phrases “the word of God” or “the word of the Lord,”
and some manuscripts actually do have one or the other in this verse. In all
cases this refers to the communication that God has given to man so that man may
know Him and His will. In short, it is a reference to the Scriptures, the Holy
Bible, and the reference to Christ places the emphasis on the teachings of

This parallels the phrase “the peace of Christ” in the previous verse and it
would be an important emphasis to the Colossians. Remember that throughout this
letter Paul stresses the superiority of Jesus Christ in correcting the false
teaching that was occurring there. The false teachers were claiming that they
were speaking the things of God. They advocated such things as religious
rituals, keeping holy days, worship of angels, self-abasement and ascetic
practices as the way to God. Paul makes it clear that it is Jesus Christ and Him
alone that shows us the way to live for God and have life in Him.

God delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us in the
kingdom of His beloved son, Jesus (1:13). It is in Jesus that we have redemption
and the forgiveness of sins (1:14). It is Jesus that created all things in the
heavens and the earth, visible and invisible including thrones, dominions,
rulers and authorities. All things have been created by Him and for Him (1:15).
It is Jesus that holds everything that exists together (1:16). He therefore is
the architect, builder, possessor and sustainer of everything that has been
created. (See:

The Preeminence of Jesus Over Creation

In addition, Jesus is the head of the church, the first born from the dead
and preeminent in everything (1:18). It is in Jesus that the fullness of the
Godhead dwells in bodily form (1:19; 2:9). Jesus is the one that reconciled us
with God so that we have peace with Him (1:20). It is Jesus that makes us
complete (2:10) because it is in Him that we have been buried in baptism and
made alive together with Him so that we are raised up as new men (2:12-15; 3:1).
And finally, we will be glorified with Him when He returns (3:4). In view of all
of this, it is only reasonable that His teaching should dwell in us so that we
will carry out His will. (See:

The Preeminence of Jesus Over the Church

The idea of “dwell” (enoikew
/ enoikeô) is for the teachings of Christ to reside within in us. It is
to live in us so that we can live it out in what we think, what we say, and our
disposition. Jesus Himself made the same point in John 15 when explained that He
is the vine, we are the branches, so we must abide in Him to have life. We are
to abide in Him and His word is to abide in us if we are to prove to be His
disciples. David expressed this idea in Psalm 119:11 when he explained that the
way live a pure life was to hide God’s word in his heart so that he might not
sin against the Lord.

Paul adds here the adverb “richly” (plousiwV /
plousiôs) to describe the degree to which this should occur in the life of a
believer. It is to be within us in abundance. The word of Christ should direct
every thought and decision that we make. We should be striving to take every
thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:15) so that we can
make and live out decisions that will glorify Him. The third part of the Great
Commission is to teach believers to obey all of Christ’s commands (Matthew
28:20). But none of this can happen if you do not know the teaching and commands
of Jesus. There is a knowledge base that must be present and that knowledge
needs to be present in abundance. You need to know God’s word richly.

As important as this is, it is becoming increasingly hard to find professing
believers that actually know even the basics of Scripture much less know it
“richly.” Is it any wonder then that there is little difference between the
manner of life between most people who claim to be Christians and those that do
not. It is one thing to have little knowledge when you first become a Christian
because it does take time to learn. But what can be said for those who claim to
have been believers in the Lord Jesus Christ for 5-10 years and they still have
only read a very small portion of the Bible, they are ignorant of major portions
of Scripture, the number of verses they have memorized is minuscule, and they
can hardly find a reference during a sermon – if they even brought their Bible
with them. How sad that some true believers are in this condition because that
is the model of the Christian life they have been taught in their church. But
for others, this is no longer just ignorance, it is passive rebellion resulting
in active sin because they still do not know God’s will for their behavior.
Perhaps that is why they desire to remain ignorant, and if so, there is a
question about what they really believe about Jesus and salvation from sin.

I don’t think I am being harsh here in the least, and I am glad that in
comparison with other churches the percentage of folks in this church that do
know their Bibles and are striving to live holy lives as a result is high.
However, we should never rest on our laurels or compare ourselves to others. We
must continually strive to have the word of Christ dwell in us richly because we
want to know and live for Him. I hold no illusions or expectations that others
in this church should know the Scriptures as well as I do considering I have
been able to spend so much more time studying it over the past 31 years since I
first read through the entire Bible. However, I do think it is reasonable for me
to think that other professing believers should have a similar desire of wanting
to know the word of God better.

What is your desire toward the Scriptures? Do you want the word of Christ to
dwell within you richly? The fact that you are at this church this morning tells
me you have at least some interest this for that is our focus here and I commend
you for it. If wanted religious entertainment, you would go somewhere else. But
I also want to challenge you to go further. While devotionals like the Daily
Bread are helpful, go beyond just the printed verses. Pursue reading through the
entire Bible. There are reading charts in the literature rack to help and you
can start at anytime. Get involved in a Bible study where you will interact with
other believers about what you are learning so that you can help each other live
accordingly. Don’t let the distractions of this world keep you from learning the
word and gaining its riches.

Paul continues on in the remainder of the verse to explain a practical way
that believers can help each other know the blessings of the indwelling word.


The Blessing of the Indwelling Word to Others


Paul continues on in verse 16 to say that in having the word of Christ richly
dwelling within us then with all wisdom we are to be teaching and admonishing
one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

Wisdom is the ability to take knowledge and apply it to life. There are many
people who suffer from having a lot of knowledge but without wisdom. My dad
simply referred to them as educated fools because they had amassed a lot of
knowledge but could not do anything practical with what they knew. The Lord
wants us to take the knowledge we gain from His word and apply it to life. Not
just our life, but also the lives of others because we are part of His body and
we are to help one another walk with Him. Again, that is the third point in the
Great Commission. We are to help one another walk in obedience to the Lord’s
commands. We are to apply the knowledge we have gained from the word of Christ
richly dwelling within us and help one another walk in a manner worthy of our
calling by Him.

Teaching, didaskw
/ didaskô, is the word from which we get “didactic.” It refers to instruction in
knowledge. It is telling someone the facts and their relationship with each
other. This is the positive side of imparting truth. We pass on to others the
knowledge that we gain in learning from our own study and from others also.

Admonishing, nouqetew
/ noutheteô, has a root meaning of “to put in mind.” It can also be
translated as “exhort,” “teach” or “give instruction” though it is from the
negative side of pointing out things that are wrong and giving warning about
them. You teach someone how do right and admonish them about doing wrong.

We actually already saw both of these words in our study of Colossians 1:28
in which Paul states the goal of his ministry was that he might “present
every man complete in Christ.”
His means for accomplishing that goal was to
proclaim the Lord while also “admonishing and teaching every man with all
The scriptures were written down for our instruction (Romans 15:4;
1 Corinthians 10:11) and Paul labored in teaching wherever he went (1
Corinthians 4:17). While there are certain gifted men God gives to the church to
teach and instruct as elders and pastors (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus
1:9), this responsibility also belongs to all those within the church. Paul told
the Romans that he had confidence in them that because they were full of
goodness and knowledge they would be able to admonish one another (Romans
15:14). He urged the Thessalonians to “admonish the unruly, encourage the
fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men”
(1 Thessalonians
5:14).Our goal needs to be the same as Paul in desiring to present every man
complete in Christ, and we are to accomplish it by the same means of teaching
and admonishing one another based on the word of Christ which is to dwell within
us. In that way we share with others the blessings we have received from having
the word of Christ dwelling in us.


The Expression of the Indwelling Word to Others


What is somewhat unusual in this passage is the particular means that Paul
states we are to use in teaching and admonishing. Obviously those activities are
normal parts of preaching. As already pointed out elders / pastors are to be
instructing from both the positive and negative sides and Paul told Timothy to
“preach the word; be ready in season [and] out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort, with great patience and instruction”
(2 Timothy 4:2). Instructing
and warning would also be normal parts of counseling someone. But here Paul
states that teaching and admonishing are to be done through the means of psalms,
hymns and spiritual songs. There are several ramifications in this verse to our
use of music within the church and as individual Christians which I want to
expand on, but first I want to make some general comments about music in the
church and explain the general meaning of each of these types of music.

There is a wide variety of subjects in the music mentioned in the Scriptures.
Music is often a response of joy to salvation and all its ramifications. The
Israelites sang after their escape from Egypt (Exodus 15). The Christian sings
in response over the joy of salvation from sin through Jesus Christ. Music has
been part of the church from its foundation and it will be part of our
activities in heaven where we will join in the chorus of praise singing the song
of the Lamb (Rev. 15:3). The various Psalms clearly indicate that godly music
includes a wide range of subjects. There are many that are prayers of trust
(Psalm 3 & 4) or petitions for protection (Psalm 5) or mercy (Psalm 6). There
are Psalms that focus on the majesty of God in various ways including His
greatness displayed in the heavens (Psalm 8 & 19), His mighty works in Israel’s
history (Psalm 68, 77) and in answering prayer (Psalm 66). Psalms extol various
attributes of God including His goodness (Psalm 92), eternity (Psalm 90), power
and dominion (Psalm 97), omniscience and omnipresence (Psalm 139) and
faithfulness (Psalm 99). There are Psalms of mourning over sin (Psalm 38)
thanksgiving for forgiveness (Psalm 32, 51). There are various petitions for
deliverance (Psalm 59) and punishment of evildoers (Psalm 58). There are laments
over suffering (Psalm 60, 79) and calls to worship (Psalm 100, 148).

Ephesians 5:19 has almost the same phrasing as Colossians 3:16 to describe
what should be the normal expression of being filled with the Spirit. Those who
are controlled by the Spirit of God demonstrate that by “speaking to one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with
your heart to the Lord.”

When we consider both of these verses together we find five types of music:
psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing and making melody.

Psalms refer primarily to the Old Testament psalms put to music, but the term
is also used of vocal music of any type and especially those accompanied by a
plucked string instrument. We have already seen that Psalms has a wide variety
of specific subjects, but primarily they are focused on God, His character, work
and petitions to Him. Many of the Psalms as well as other Scriptures have been
set to music in modern times. In our hymnal I Will Sing of the Mercies is
from Psalm 89, Thy Word is from Psalm 119:105, and Come Let Us Worship
& Bow Down
is from Psalm 95:6. Others are adaptations of Psalms such as
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
based on Psalm 103 and A Mighty
Fortress is Our God
based on Psalm 46

Hymns center more on songs of praise and differ from the psalms only in that
they specifically praise the Lord Jesus Christ. Many scholars believe that
certain scripture passages such as Colossians 1:12-16 were used in this manner.
A Hymn would include songs such as May Jesus Christ Be Praised, Worthy
is the Lamb
, Our Great Savior and Majesty

Spiritual songs were probably songs of testimony that covered a broad
category of any music that expresses spiritual truth. This would include many of
our modern choruses as well as songs such as My Jesus, I Love Thee, He
Touched me, Just as I Am
and Have Thine Own Way, Lord.

Singing simply means to make music with the voice. You may sing well, you may
sing poorly, but God wants you to sing. It is to be part of your worship of Him.
Ephesians 5:19 adds making melody to the types of music. Melody comes from
psallo and means specifically “to pluck on a stringed instrument”
especially a hand harp. The closest instrument we have to that now would be a
guitar, but the word is also used for a wide range of other instruments.

Let me now expand on some of the ramifications of Colossians 3:16. First,
note that there is no mention about the quality of the music. While it is
beneficial to have those with better ability performing special presentations
for the congregation lest we drive people away, yet every believer is to be
involved in singing whether you have perfect pitch or you can only carry a tune
in a bucket. The phrase “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” occurs seven
times in the Psalms. While there were special opportunities for the trained
musicians and singers to make beautiful sounds as is detailed in the temple
worship, there is also an important place for everyone to be involved. This
verse specifically states that music is to be used in teaching and admonishing
one another which includes everyone, but this also points out the next
ramification of this verse.

While there are new songs that are written in accordance with this passage, I
am sure this verse would probably come as a shock to a lot of those involved
with Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) in its various genres for so much of it
is just empty blather. Many are repetitious phrases without any content. Many
others make allusions to something, but it is never made clear exactly what.
Todd Friel refers to one genre of these as “Jesus is my boyfriend” songs because
you can’t tell if it is talking about Jesus or a boyfriend. A classic example of
this is You Light Up My Life which was very popular in CCM thirty years
ago. The song was supposedly about Jesus, yet contained the phrase, how could
it be wrong when it feels so right?”
That does not apply to Jesus, so the
song is not about Him, yet the great ignorance of the Word of Christ gave cover
for the delusion that it was a worship song. It has only become worse since

Over the years I have examined the lyrics of some of the popular CCM artists
and been dismayed that they are even called Christian considering that the use
of any of the names of Jesus or of God the Father are very rare. Who can tell
what is really being sung about? Why make allusions instead of telling it like
it is? You can sell a lot more recordings and become more popular if you write
your lyrics in such a way that they can mean anything the listener would like it
to be. It is also the reason for such repetition of bland phrasing in so called
“worship music.” It is easy to “praise the Lord ” if nothing of substance is
said about Him so that you can believe whatever you want. Like tofu, which can
be made to taste like nearly anything, much of CCM music has lyrics that can be
flavored in any manner desired by the listener. Such songs cannot offend because
they say little and leave the truth about God and how He wants us to live to the
imagination of the hearer.

Added to this is the problem of Biblical ignorance on the part of the wider
Christian community which accepts and propels songs and artists to the heights
of popularity without discerning the actual message being presented. The local
“Christian” radio stations plays songs that are aberrant or even heretical in
their theology, yet Christians of all stripes accept them as being Christian
because they got air time on the “Christian” radio program. The same thing
happens with concerts because the artist is performing at a church.

Let me expand this. Paul states here that we are to teach and admonish each
other by the use of Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. He is not referring to
just what is performed in a church or at a worship service, but rather what
should fill our days and fellowship with one another. Before radio, tapes, cds
and ipods people would sing to themselves and to one another while working and
in gatherings for socialization and entertainment. Paul makes the point here
that those should be seen as opportunities to help one another in walking with
Christ. The ability to fill our days with recorded music only adds to this
command. As a Christian you need to be thoughtful and careful about the music
that you make part of your life. I am not talking about the music you hear that
you have no control over. I am talking about the music you listen to and play
for others when you do have a choice. Do your musical choices help the word of
Christ to dwell richly in you? Do they teach you about God, His character, His
will, how to live a righteous life? Do they warn you against straying from the
narrow way that leads to righteousness?

I already know that for the greater Christian community that such discernment
is increasingly rare. Professing Christians freely listen to music that
glorifies evil instead of warns against it. The supposed “Christian” music they
listen to is filled with tofu lyrics, have pablum for doctrinal content and may
even have aberrant or heretical theology in them. My fear, beloved, is that you
can fall victim to this as well. I challenge you to become and be discerning in
your choice of music.

Now in saying all of this I hope you understand that this applies to all the
types of music you listen to, not just what is supposed to be Christian music.
There is plenty of room in life for all sorts of music including happy songs,
sad songs, ballads, instrumentals, songs about relationships, work, play and
life in general. There are even times when fun or silly songs can be
appropriate. Yet in all of them, we must be discerning that the message of them
fits within the parameters that God has set. God is honored. Righteousness is
promoted. Sin is admonished. Songs that glorify sin or mock righteousness or
disparage God are always out of bounds.


The Worship Arising from the Indwelling Word


The final phrase of this verse brings in again the use of music in the
worship of God. We are to sing with thankfulness or grace in our hearts to God.
When the word of Christ dwells richly within you, then there will a proper
response of worship to God for all that He has done. The word grace here (cavri”
/ charis) can also be translated because it is the response to God’s grace
received that we respond with gratefulness in singing in our hearts to Him.

The idea of singing in your heart is not a reference to emotion or singing
silently, though it is certainly fine to have a song in your mind that you do
not express audibly. This is rather a reference to a response of worship that
arises from within your core of being with the heart being a metaphor for what
you think and choose. The origin of true worship is always internal. Many people
can sing with their lips or make skilled sounds on instruments, but if the heart
is not included, it is not spirit filled music of worship and so will lack in
its ability to truly praise God or be a spiritual blessing to others. A
non-Christian can sing a song about our Lord, as many of them do in singing
Christmas carols or some popular gospel song, but it is not worship. Only a true
Christian redeemed, regenerated and reconciled to God through faith in Jesus
Christ can fulfill this command to sing with thankfulness in their heart to God
in true worship of Him.




I have purposely not mentioned artists and few songs because they would only
become a list of what is unacceptable and no such list can protect you. There
will always be something new that will not be on the list. Your only protection
is to have the word of Christ richly dwell in you so that you are discerning
about truth and error and what is actually edifying and what is detrimental. As
a local body of believers we can help one another to become more knowledgeable
about God’s word and how to be obedient to all that Christ has commanded us.
However, it must be your own desire to have the word of Christ richly dwell in
you before it will actually happen. We can help one another and you can help
yourself in this quest by using music to teach and admonish according to God’s
word. Listen to and play for others psalms, hymns and spiritual songs that teach
about God and His ways and warn about straying from them. In that way we can all
be moved along in becoming mature in walking with our Lord.


Parents, you are responsible to apply
God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help.

Young Children – draw a
picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to
your parents at lunch. Older Children – Do one or more of the following:
1) Write down all the verses mentioned in the sermon and look them up later. 2)
Count how many times “music” is used. Discuss with your parents how you can use
music to help you know and follow God.




Questions to consider in discussing
the sermon with others. In what ways is a person’s life radically changed when
they become a Christian? What does the “word of Christ” refer to? Why would Paul
use that particular phrase in this passage? What does it mean to “dwell” in
Colossians 1:16? How can the word of Christ dwell richly in you? What should be
expected if a professing Christian does not have the word of Christ richly
dwelling in them? How will lives differ from someone who does? What are / should
you be doing to increase your knowledge of the Bible? What is wisdom? What is
the difference between teaching and admonishing? Who in the church is to teach
and admonish? Explain using Biblical support. How can music be used to teach or
admonish? What are each of the following: Psalms, hymns, spiritual songs,
Singing, making melody? Who in the church is supposed to teach and admonish
through music and when should such music be expressed? Explain. Why is so much
of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) filled with generically repetitions, vague
allusions and doctrinally weak – or even heretical? What criteria should be used
for determining if a song is acceptable or not acceptable to a Christian? Does
the music you listen to meet those standards? If not, when will that change?
What is the importance of music in the worship of God? What does it mean to sing
with thankfulness in your heart to God? To what does the heart refer?


Sermon Notes – 2/13/2011

Expressing the Indwelling Word of Christ – Colossians 3:16




True Christians are radically ______________- they are
redeemed, regenerated and reconciled with God

The Old Man is ____________, quit dragging the corpse
around and put on the New Man


The Indwelling Word of Christ


The Word of Christ = the _____________, and in particular
the teachings and commands of Jesus

Jesus is our redeemer and the architect, builder,
possessor and sustainer of all _____________

Jesus is the __________ of the church and the fullness of
the Godhead in bodily form

We have both died and been _____________with Christ and
will be glorified with Him when He returns

To dwell  (enoikew
/ enoikeô) is to resided in, abide in, _____________- see John 15, Psalm

Richly (plousiwV / plousiôs) =
in _______________.

The word of Christ should direct every _________and
decision that we make – 2 Cor. 10:15; Matt. 28:20

It is understandable that a _________ Christian will be
ignorant of God’s word

Continued ignorance after many years place risks being
passively ________________ against God

Go ____________ simple devotionals to read the whole
Bible, get involved in a Bible study


The Blessing of the Indwelling Word to Others


Wisdom is the ability to take knowledge and
_______________ it to life

Teaching (didaskw
/ didaskô) = positive instruction in knowledge to know ____________

Admonishing (nouqetew
/ noutheteô) = negative instruction in knowledge to ____________ of wrong

The goal is to become ____________ in Christ – Colossians
1:28; Romans 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11; 4:17

God gives ___________ men to the church to teach and
admonish – Eph. 4:11; 1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:9

Teaching and admonishing is a responsibility of ________
Christians – Rom. 15:14; 1 Thess. 5:14


The Expression of the Indwelling Word to Others


Teaching and admonition are normal parts of ______________
and counseling (2 Timothy 2:24-26; 4:2)

Teaching and admonition are also to be normal parts of our

The Psalms contain a wide _______________ of subjects and
responses to God

Psalms refer primarily to the Old Testament ____________
put to music

Hymns center more on songs of praise and are more
specifically related to the ___________________

Spiritual songs are songs of _______________ expressing
spiritual truth

Singing is making music with the _____________

Melody refers to the sounds made from musical
___________________ – Ephesians 5:19

Quality is not mentioned, so __________ Christians are

Christian songs should teach or admonish. ____________ is

Generic repetitious phrases and ___________ allusions do
not teach or admonish

Biblical _____________allows acceptance of songs without
substance & even aberrant or heretical lyrics

Paul’s command includes music in ___________ life and not
just in worship gatherings.

Any music that ___________ God or promotes righteousness
or admonishes sin is acceptable.


The Worship Arising from the Indwelling Word


When the word of Christ richly dwells within you, the
response will be grateful ____________ of God

“Singing in your heart” is a response of worship arising
from the ___________ of your being


    The word of Christ richly dwelling in you produces the
_________________that protects you from error

Believers are to help one another _________ God’s word and
walk with Christ – but you must want that

Use music to teach and admonish yourself and others so
that we all grow in _____________ in the Lord

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