A. When we think of a mature church, what do we think of?Proposition: Paul says that there are certain marks of a mature church.
B. Paul was concerned about the Colossian church, that they would be a mature church.
I. STAND TOGETHER IN LOVE, v. 2
A. The church cannot proceed to other essential matters until it stands united.II. STAND TALL IN WISDOM, vs. 3-5
B. That unity can only be found in love.
A. Of the mystery of GodIII. STAND FIRMLY IN FAITH, vs. 6, 7
B. Of Christ
C. Of His treasures of wisdom and knowledge
A. Receiving Christ is only the beginning; He continues His work in you.Conclusion: These signs of the mature church can only be found in Christ. Let Him lead you to be what you ought to be.
B. You must be rooted and built up in Him.
C. You must be strengthened in faith.
D. You must be overflowing in gratitude.
When a new minister was introduced for the first
Sunday of his ministry, he was surprised and pleased to be greeted with
sustained applause. Thanking them, he said that he hoped for a long
ministry with them. He said that when there is applause at the beginning
of a ministry, that's faith. When there is applause in the middle,
that's hope. When there is applause at the end of a ministry, that's
No church building in the world is more startling
than the unfinished Sagrada Familial church in Barcelona, Spain.
Already years into the building of it, it still will not be finished in
this century. Great, frosted towers mount crazily toward the sky.
There is no symmetry anywhere in this truly original design. The
exterior resembles a randomly frosted cake. Four of the twelve towers
are completed, but there is not a roof yet; and the vast structure is open
to the skies. It is worth going a long way to see this most remarkable
house of worship ever built, and the most avante garde. But
the doorway is finished; and over it is one Latin word, "veritas."
Truth! That word could well be over the doorway of all our churches.
Whenever Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II was ill, he
would eat a few pages from the Bible. He believed it would restore
his health. He died in 1913, after eating the entire book of Kings.
The elder presiding at the little New Zealand church worked on the Cook Strait Ferry. Cook Strait lies between New Zealand's north and south islands. It is regarded as the second roughest ferry crossing in the world. Several times each week he crossed that wild sea. It was not surprising, then, that he announced as his favorite hymn the Sailor's Hymn:
Eternal Father, strong to save,
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.