We continued our series in Colossians this Sunday.
What is the role of a pastor? How about a Christian church? Are churches glorified social clubs with little else to offer this banged up world? Are pastors glorified social workers with Bibles offering glib platitudes and moralistic cliches to the brokenhearted?
Colossians 1:28 is one of the clearest depictions of the what the church is, and what her leaders are to be about.
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Him… who is Him? Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, Anointed Messiah, Creator, King of Glory, and Redeemer of the Universe.
For all the activity and good and events and programs and administration and buildings and budgets and bodies and causes and small groups and worship services and prayer groups and service inside and outside the church… don’t forget Him.
Him we proclaim, and make known his life, death, resurrection, and coming again. Him we proclaim, a gospel of grace for sinners, saints, losers, outcasts, broken, weak, confused, and fragile humans, of which I am one.
We warn of false gospels not aligning with the Wisdom of Him, and gospels which push against reality, and gospels doing more harm than good, and gospels of addition, where Him, is not enough.
We teach the right gospel, the one about Him. We proclaim wisdom, a wisdom of all wisdom, from the God of all wisdom. A wisdom for maturity and wholeness. Him we proclaim…
Jesus Christ is the center and sustainer of the church and world. In him we have life, in him we have pleasures evermore, in him we have joy.
All other focus, attention, energy, money, planning, and teaching that does not involve Him… is doomed to fail.
Is your church about Him… or something else?