This is my favorite book in the Bible. If churches used this for their model we’d change the world. But right now I’d settle for turning my failing church around. Especially when we’re in a inner-city area with plenty of people that need help and spiritual direction.
So I will be posting short sections of Colossians, hopefully one a day, while I continue writing my longer pieces. I will use the tag “colossians” for all of these posts.
Since I already mentioned my church, minus the details, this scripture opens with the kind of church I wish we had. But people got in the way. The goal of every Christian should be a transformation in the image of Jesus. Colossae had that.
(Colossians 1:1-4 WEB) 1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy [our] brother, 2To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colosse: Grace [be] to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love [which ye have] to all the saints,
Our church was so bad before we lost our building and moved into a store front, that the Elders, myself being one, decided we needed to change our name. But as my son’s preacher told me, the people that stayed with us through the move would not be the people we could rebuild our church with. And the very first contention was changing our name – didn’t happen.
The church Paul describes in his greeting was what church should be. A place where outsiders hear about our good reputation for love, acceptance, forgiveness, and discipleship. These four elements are needed to build not only a strong church – but a relevant church. And these elements are present if the congregation looks forward to their heavenly (and earthly) rewards for their service to Jesus Christ.
(Colossians 1:5-8 WEB) 5For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which ye have heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6Which is come to you, as [it is] in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as [it doth] also in you, since the day ye heard [of it], and knew the grace of God in truth: 7As ye also learned from Epaphras our dear fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 8Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
The “word of the truth of the gospel” is the foundation for the church. I submit to you that my post on “Study the Bible” and my page on “Bible and Beliefs” is the guide for building that foundation. And in order to hold the building blocks together the Holy Spirit becomes the mortar. I’m not talking about the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, but the sure guidance of Jesus, the comforter, with us. Preachers and lay people involved in prayer ministries can attest to the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
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