The Great Concern and Desire of the Apostle Paul

Do you have a wish list for your church? Things you would like to see changed about your local church? Maybe you wish your church had more options for children or more Bible studies. Perhaps you wish your church had a counselor hired on staff. Perhaps you wish your church had a larger congregation. Or do you wish they had more comfortable seats? When my husband and I began our search for a church to call home, I had a list. There were certain things I wanted to see in a church before I committed to serving in it.

Paul had a list of things he desired to see present in the church in Colossae, along with the others he had yet to see face-to-face. In Colossians 1:29-2:4, Paul tells us of this desire and how he struggles to see it come to be in each of these churches.

At first glance, this passage may look too personal for us to share in or take away from as he discusses his own concerns for these specific churches. But we know that the entire Bible is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Perhaps this passage of Paul’s “wish list” will challenge you and what you desire to see in your local church, and how you go about making it happen.

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