In Melbourne we are trained to work alone; to be alone. It is the cost of our individualism. Paul does not see himself as a brilliant leader who has all the answers and so is qualified to take charge. He sees himself as part of a network of relationships of grace. The self, in our city, has been called a frail folding chair. The counterpoint is what Paul describes; a robust but grace filled church. [Audio | Notes]
For further thought
Q: What are some of our reasons, good and bad, for being independent of others?
Q: How does independence affect our church life?
Q: What would change if more of us were able to show the commitment to Christ and his people that Paul’s co-workers show?
Q: What would be the costs?
Colossians 4:7-18 | For everyone matters (talk outline)
We are alone
Tychicus & Onesimus – to encourage your hearts (7-9)
Artistarchus, Mark & Justus – a comfort to me (10-11)
Epaphrus, Luke & Demas – to work, pray & greet you (12-14)
Laodicea, Nympha & Archippus – to complete the work God gave them (15-17)
Paul, in my own hand – Grace be with you (18)
We are not alone – Everyone matters