Monthly Archives: February 2017

The mystery disclosed

The goal of church must be to present everyone fully mature in Christ. Nothing more, nothing less.

This is possible because the mystery is disclosed. It is no longer a mystery.

In Colossians 1:24–2:5, the Apostle Paul tells that God’s mystery – kept hidden for ages but now disclosed – is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

To live the Jesus-centred life is life to the full. He made all things, all things are for him, he is the fullness of God, who sustains all things, and reconciles us to God. This one is in you, says Paul to the Christians in Colossae. The mystery is revealed.

Will you strenuously contend with God’s power to present everyone mature in Christ?

It’s so worth it! There is no greater privilege.

In Christ, Tory.

Jesus is Supreme and Sufficient

It’s human nature to fear we are missing out. Since the advent of the internet, there is even a condition called FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) to describe why people are always checking their phones and computers for what others are doing.

It’s easy for us as Christians to fear we are missing out. Missing out on what our non-Christian friends have or are doing. Missing out on some special experience or knowledge of God. The Christians in Colossae had this same problem.

Today, the Apostle Paul takes us on a breathtaking tour of who Jesus is (Colossians 1:15–23). Rest assured, we are missing nothing at all. Jesus is supreme, he is sufficient.

In Christ, Tory.

‘How is church going?’

There are lots of ways people evaluate how church is going… number of people attending, the coffee, the music, the welcome you get, how accepting people are etc

In Colossians, the Apostle gives us the signs of life of a Christian church. This is God’s measure of ‘how is church going?’

As we read Colossians together, let’s pray we:

  • Proclaim the Word of God
  • Prayerfully depend on God
  • People in loving relationship
  • Persevere.

Through these ‘4 Ps’ God moves us toward Jesus, from the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of his Son, preparing us for the day he gathers his people around the risen Christ on this throne. I look forward to learning Jesus with you from Colossians!

In Christ, Tory.