“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” ~ Colossians 3:16
This verse eloquently describes the main purpose of the Church, which is to foster Spiritual Growth.
FIRST, our text identifies the source of Spiritual Growth: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom”. We can only grow as individuals (and as a Church body) as the word of Christ (God’s Word, The Holy Scripture) inhabits our thoughts, shapes our perspective, informs our decisions, focuses our minds, opens our understanding and quietens our hearts. The very genesis of our growth is the Word of Christ which the Holy Spirit reveals to us.
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” ~ John 15:26
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“…desire the sincere milk of the word, that yes may grow thereby” ~ 1 Peter 2:2
SECOND, our text tells us to share the word of Christ with our brethren so that we can spur growth in each other. This is quite a captivating concept given the current culture of the contemporary church.
Many of us focus on what we can get out of church. We choose the church we attend primarily because of how it suits us, how it meets our needs. However, our text places an entirely different emphasis. While it implies the mutual benefit of the individuals, our verse emphasizes our responsibility to be a benefit to others. So, instead of coming to the picnic empty handed, waiting for the church leader(s) to supply the meal, we are each charged with the responsibility of bringing a basket. This approach, has the potential to radically transform our churches.
Can you imagine how rich and beautiful and exciting church/Bible study/etc. would be if each person attending was a conduit, a channel of God’s Word? Therefore, we should attend Church, not (only) for what we can gain, but for what God wants to give through us. We go to church not just to be built up, we go to church as builders, helping to build others.
“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also yes do.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” ~ Hebrews 3:13
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as yes see the day approaching.” ~ Hebrews 10:24-25
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost” ~ Jude 1:20