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Pastor and Church (Colossians 2:1-7)

April 1, 2010

For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:1-7

v     The Pastor

  • Pastoral anguish
    • Because of his absence – prayer
    • Because of his testimony – faithfulness
  • Pastoral “goal” – he was not passive
  • Pastoral vigilance
  • Pastoral presence (absent, yet with you) – wisdom, gives directions
    • Joy
    • Observation

v     The Church

  • Church comfort – encouragement
  • Church unity
    • Love
      • Many aspects to love
      • Cannot love until loved
    • Understanding – application of knowledge
      • If ye will do my will…
      • Gives full assurance
    • In Christ
  • Church danger (pastoral vigilance)
    • Members beguiled
    • Enticing words
      • Lawyering
      • Making wrong decision seem to be the more plausible
  • Church condition (observed) – military terms, regimented
    • Order – in place (in the phalanx)
    • Steadfastness – always faithful
  • Church walk and life
    • Walk “as ye have received Him.”
      • Same faith to walk as to be born

¨      First an act then an attitude

¨      First a crisis then a process

¨      First obtaining then maintaining

  • Christ Jesus the Lord

¨      Christ – anointed, divinely commissioned

¨      Jesus – human, historical person

¨      Lord – supreme controller of all the universe

  • All these contribute to Christian life and walk
  • Rooted – past tense
    • A tree with roots deep in the soil
    • The roots are the source of nourishment and stability
    • Psalm 1
    • Built – present tense
      • A house on a firm foundation
      • Stands through storms
      • Wise man/foolish man
  • Church faith
    • Not “frozen orthodoxy” – Paul expressed new lines of thought about Christ in Colossians
    • Foundational faith and unchanging truth
      • Some are unwilling to change anything even if their practice is different from the unchanging truth of God’s Word
      • Some want to change anything that will help “remove” a stigma that the world puts on us
    • As ye have been taught – more to “evangelism” than just “gospel” preaching
  • Church thanks
    • Overflowing and abounding
    • Constant
      • Thanksgiving makes things lawful and makes the person glad – 1 Timothy 4:1-5
      • Unthankfulness brings doubt and spiritual delusion

v     The Savior (Christ has all treasures) – hidden, contrast with gnostics

  • Wisdom – presentation of knowledge
  • Knowledge – recognition of knowledge
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