GOSPEL CENTERED COMMUNITY

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:7-18

“Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.” (Colossians 4:7)

We are approaching the end of Paul’s letter to the Colossians. The letter was to be read to the members of the church at Colossae and to the members of the church at Laodicea. These closing words are rich and touching. Paul reveals his heart as he expresses his deep concern for the people to whom he ministered. He genuinely cared for them and he knew they cared for him.

It is tempting to skip over a list of names like these found in this passage; but it would be unfortunate to do so. In this list of names are found incredible stories about people’s lives and ministries. We must remember that the church is made up of people whom God uses to minister to one another. At the heart of these words is how these people encouraged each other in Christ. We are called to minister and to serve one another.

God calls His people to live together in a gospel centered community. He calls us to develop radical, gospel-driven relationships. Our love for one another must be a radical love patterned after the love Jesus has for us. We must be diligent to love and to encourage each other. We must be willing to be open and vulnerable.

Our relationships within the body of Christ are to be gospel-driven. We are to recognize our own fallenness. We must know our desperate need for Jesus. The cross must ever be before us. Then we can live out our brokenness by being gracious and forgiving toward others.

These last verses of Colossians are intensely personal. They were written from the heart. Take a few minutes and read them. We will be looking at some of the stories that are revealed in the names of the people listed in this passage.

Lord Jesus, thank You for calling me into a gospel centered community of believers. Enable me to establish deep relationships of love. Give me the grace to forgive those who offend me and grant me the power to encourage those in need. I know that you have called me to minister and to encourage those You bring into my life.

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