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The Sounds of a Healthy Church

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., November 4, 2018
Part of the Colossians series.

On Sunday, our sermon text will be Colossians 3:16-17. Here, the Apostle Paul will now describe the Lord’s Church by the sounds coming from her! God’s people are not silent! They are, to the glory of the God who has saved them, a ‘noisy’ people!

After giving a general exhortation concerning “the word of Christ,” Paul will then command that there be two distinct sounds emanating from the Church fellowship, each a blessed consequence of the indwelling “word.”

Take a moment to read this passage and see if you can find them:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

What we discover here is that every healthy local New Testament Church should have these two sounds reverberating from its core: The sound of “teaching and admonishing one another,” and the sound of robust “singing” empowered by heart-felt “thankfulness.”

This coming Lord’s Day we will explore this rich passage from God’s inspired Word!


Colossians 3:16-17

16Let 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. 17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (KJV)