Colossians, Musings

One way conversations

With the rapid proliferation of cell phones it seems we are often privy to one way conversations. People talk loudly as through no one else can hear. And though you might not want to listen, you often don’t have a choice.

The book of Colossians is like a one way conversation–but not an annoying one.

Paul writes the letter in response to a visit from an envoy from the church at Philippi who happened to be from Colossae.

We don’t know what Epaphras (Epaphroditus) said to Paul, what we have is his one way conversation–letter–to the church at Colossae.

In the letter we see Paul’s focus on who Jesus–He is the answer to the problem.

It’s very similar to the way people are trained to spot a counterfeit–they study the real thing. By studying what makes the real bill the real thing, when confronted with a counterfeit–it’s easy (easier) to spot.

While it is helpful to understand the elements of different cults or religions–the best way to deal with counterfeit doctrine is by studying the real thing.

In Colossians Paul’s answer to the “philosophy” was not the need for superior knowledge but superior knowledge of the will of God for the sake of right conduct. And his answer to those who denied the deity of Christ was to reveal the preeminence of Christ and how that should be reflected in the believer’s life and priorities.

A proper view of Christ is the best antidote for heresy.

The answer to dealing with false teaching, false philosophies, and false practices–is to focus on Christ our complete sufficiency.

Over the next few months I’ll be writing thoughts based on Colossians which we are studying in our men’s ministry as well as during our Sunday morning services.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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