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A New Kingdom, a New Way of Life



Aynsley Younker joins us for the third night of Summer in the City as we walk through Colossians 3, diving deep into the embodiment of sanctification. When we become new in Christ, we face holy refinement and exemplify what it looks like to be different from the world.

Key Takeaway

When you went from death to life, you entered into a process of sanctification—a holy refinement and transformation of the heart. Instead of desiring the things of this world, you begin to desire the things of God.

  1. We are under the submission of the kingdom—there is no neutrality.
  2. Set your heart on things above. You have a new purpose.
  3. We agree with the Spirit to put a stop to sin. This doesn't mean that we will never struggle again; it means that our identity isn't defined by our sins any longer.
  4. Reconciliation vertically with me and God through Christ always leads to reconciliation horizontally with me and everyone around me. The result of Jesus and the gospel is that enemies become family. It reaches across social and cultural barriers. There is no relationship unaffected.
  5. We forgive the same way Christ forgave us—by forgiving fully, deeply, and without strings.
  6. Let peace be the deciding factor in all decisions. Peace can lead you.
  7. We have a responsibility to live differently.


"We are new, but we're also being made new. We are holy, but yet we are being made holy. That's sanctification."

Aynsley Younker

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Scripture References

  • Colossians 1:5
  • Colossians 3:1-17
  • Romans 8:1-3
  • Ephesians 2:11-16
Aynsley Younker Aynsley Younker is a Jesus follower, lover of the word, wife to Brett, and mom of three to Anna Jeane, Shiloh, and Johnny. She graduated in 2020 from DTS with a Master's in Biblical Studies and is passionate about studying and teaching the Bible because it contains our truest reality in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and is the way we know God and his love for us. When she’s not nerding out, she loves to think about her next meal or outfit, go on a walk, and hang out with family and friends.