Key Text: Col. 2:18 – “Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling on visions, puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking…”
- There is encouragement not to let yourself be excluded.
- Implicit is an admission that there will be those who seek to exclude for one reason or another.
- This comes in a section that is very much focussed on Christ and his death and resurrection. By this we are included, everything else is peripheral and should not be used as a way of pushing people away from God.
- Too often the Church has set up barriers to faith for people.
- We have huge amounts of people who are spiritual, but don’t like church. Many have been hurt by church or people in it. This is why we need to focus on Christ, crucified and risen, rather than on other things. Christ will always lead to inclusion, love, grace, peace. In many ways this is what “spiritual” people are longing for, but the church is their last place to look.
- Church really ought to be synonymous with “people who love as God loves”. The Church is really just a bunch of people on a spiritual journey together – not focussed on who’s right and wrong, or who’s doing what to/with whom. Nor should the church be a group of people arguing about the “right” way to connect with God (eg. the color of the carpet, the style of music, the strategic plan). The Church is really just people trying to find their way together, following Jesus, the crucified and risen one.