Colossians 4:7-18. For everyone matters

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]

Michael Flynn


Colossians 4:7-18

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