Sermon: “The Supreme Peacemaker” - by Randy Roberts
Pastoral Welcome: Dustin Aho
Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:15–23, TNIV
Children's Feature: Jordan Roddy
If somebody asked you to describe the place of Jesus, not in your life and not in the world, but the place of Jesus in the entire universe, how would you respond? Would you use language like, He is the image of the invisible God? Or, In him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers of authorities? Or even, He is before all things, and in him all things hold together? Such language is sublime beyond compare. And yet such language is precisely what the apostle Paul uses to describe Jesus in the second half of the first chapter of Colossians.
The church in Colossae was being challenged by something theologians today often refer to as the “Colossian heresy.” There are many ideas as to what exactly comprised the Colossian heresy, and there is much disagreement. While we can’t be certain of all that it included, on at least one reality all seem agreed: the Colossian heresy marginalized Jesus. This accounts for Paul’s powerful words on the centrality of Christ.
His words call out for our study. They aren’t words, by the way, for an old problem, but words for an age-old problem, for wherever Jesus is marginalized, we find the Colossian heresy, and we need to hear Paul’s words once again.
His words apply to our time. Join me in considering them.