Lessons from Colossians
God has called Westgate Church to be a gospel-centered community living each day on mission for Christ across the Metrowest. But what does that look like lived out practically, for this particular people, in this precise time, in this specific place? To help us answer that, the Elders are beginning a process we’re calling RE:FOCUS. We are inviting the congregation into a season of prayer, discernment, and planning, in order to refocus our vision with greater clarity and specificity for the months and years ahead.
As part of this season, Pastor Brandon will be stepping out of Exodus again during the months of March and April for a special series entitled, “A Gospel-Driven Church: Lessons from Colossians.” Paul’s aim in this letter is to help the church walk in steadfast maturity in Christ, both as a community and in witness to the world. But he grounds this goal of maturity, growth, and witness in the gospel itself—the supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ. Nothing else is able to guide and grow the church, or guard its spiritual health. Nothing else should drive the church’s life and ministry. We must be driven by the gospel, fully assured of the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ.
As we devote time to thinking and praying about specific ways to apply our vision as this particular people, at this particular time, in this specific place, we want the gospel of Jesus to drive those thoughts, prayers, and plans. Colossians will help us do that.
In tandem with this series, we’ll be featuring several personal testimonies on Sunday mornings of what God has done and is doing, to remind us of his power and inspire us to dream big gospel dreams as we prayerfully look ahead.
So we hope you will join us as we learn from Colossians what it looks like for a church to be driven by the gospel of Christ.
- March 5: A Gospel-Driven Church (Col. 1:3-14)
- March 12: The Heart of a Gospel-Driven Church (Col. 1:15-23)
- March 19: Threats to a Gospel-Driven Church (Col. 2:6-23)
- March 26: Gospel Conversations in Everyday Life (Life on Mission Conference, Jay Ridenour)
- April 2: The Character of a Gospel-Driven Church (Col. 3:1-17)
- April 9: The Witness of a Gospel-Driven Church (Col. 1:24-29; 4:2-6)