As I prayed at the end of 2017 about a focus theme for Horizon Church this year, I was encouraged by the following verse.
Colossians 2:1-7 says:
I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. 2 I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. 3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. 5 For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Our theme for 2018, taken from this verse is ‘Grow’.
No one can ever accuse the Bible of not being relevant to us. Last week, if you missed the sermon find it below – I talked about the way we as Christian should respond to and engage with government, and how we can take direction from Romans 13 on this topic. In this message we read a verse from Colossians, in which Paul writes to a church that was in a secular society which in many ways is similar to our own.
The church in Colossae was under attack from a variety of false teachings and challenges to the faith. They lived in a city which was a melting pot of different cultures and different faiths. They were facing critics who tried to downplay the deity of Christ, tried to downgrade the reality of Him as the Son of God, and arguing against the sufficiency of His salvation.
Paul goes on to share a foundation truth of the Christian faith – it is perhaps the essence of faith explained with clarity in a couple of lines.
A question for you today – are you rooted deeply in Christ? Is your faith strong in the firm foundation he provides? Are you overflowing with thankfulness?
I’d encourage you to listen to the message as we briefly explore Colossians 2:6-7 together.
NB. During our Birthday Service on March 4th our sermon was only short because we heard an update on our missionaries. If you are interested, why don’t you check out the Missions page, or contact us for more information?