The community of faith
I’ll admit it…I’m guilty of not fully reading the lists of names in the Bible sometimes. You know what I’m talking about. The book of Numbers is the graveyard for your Bible reading plan every year. You skip over the genealogy chapters. You tune out for the last few verses of the letters in the New Testament because you have no idea who they're talking to or about and it doesn’t have any impact on your life right now. I’ve done it too.
WOW are we ever missing out...
As we conclude our series in the letter of Paul to the Colossians, we come to Paul’s final greetings from and to specific people and the truth is THERE’S SO MUCH HERE FOR US! Each of these people represent a very real gospel story that we can see and learn from! After all, their names and the specific things Paul has to say about and to them were inspired by the Spirit to be recorded for a reason!
I’m REALLY excited to spend time in God’s Word with you on Sunday. Do yourself a favour and read through the passage, Colossians 4:7-18, before you make it on Sunday and pray with me that God would open our hearts to see these truths and to commit to them as we seek to be a part of and build a community of faith, centred on the gospel.
Series: Invisible God; Visible Faith (Colossians)
Message: 10 – The community of faith
Harvest Bible Chapel
Text: Colossians 4:7-18
September 3, 2023
As a community of faith, centred on the gospel, we must commit to…
Encouragement (v. 7-9)
In the digital age, one of the most upside down things the church can offer is the invitation to be analog, to come out of hiding from behind our digital walls, to bridge our technological divides, and to be human with one another in the truest sense—gathering together to be changed and transformed in real time, in real space, in real ways.
Jay Kim, Analog Church: Why We Need Real People, Places and Things in the Digital Age
Someone Needs Your Encouragement
Grace (v. 10-11)
Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.
God’s plan for his church is…offering hurting, tired, worn-out, needy sinners like you and me a place to belong, a place to identify, a place to encounter the profound, transformative, healing, restoring grace of Jesus Christ.
Barnabas Piper, Belong
Diligence (v. 12-14)
This, then, is how you belong: follow in Jesus’ footsteps, with the help of the Holy Spirit, by laying down your life for the benefit of your church and giving yourself joyfully and wholeheartedly to loving Jesus and His people.
Barnabas Piper, Belong
2 Timothy 4:10
Perseverance (v. 15-18)
God became a man for this purpose: since you, a human being, could not reach God, but you can reach other humans, you might now reach God through a man…God became a man so that in following a man — something you are able to do —you might reach God, which was formerly impossible to you.