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The Sounds of a Healthy Church, Part Three

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., November 25, 2018
Part of the Colossians series.

This coming Lord’s Day, we will return to Colossians 3:16. You will remember that we have been looking at the way the Apostle Paul has described what a healthy local Church should be like. So far, he has spoken of the . . .

Christ-like character of her members (vv. 12-13)

Of the supremacy of “love” for one another (v. 14)

Of the very “peace of Christ” which should “rule” in each of our “hearts” (v. 15)

And of thankfulness (v. 15)

Then, we recall how the Apostle commands that the members of the Church are to see to it that “the word of Christ” should “dwell” in them “richly” (v. 16). This, as we discovered, is a description of the Church gathered on the Lord’s Day for worship. This weekly gathering, typically early on Sunday morning, was to be focused upon the Word of God which is both fromChrist and about Christ!

And as this “word of Christ” finds its home among us as the very Body of Christ, there are to be two blessed results, or two distinct sounds:

One—The sounds of mutual “teaching and admonishing” (v. 16)

Two—The sounds of “singing” (v. 16).

On Sunday, we will be considering the kind of “singing” that the Church should engage in. Our focus will be upon the three terms Paul has used to describe the music of corporate worship, “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (v. 16).


Colossians 3:16

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. (KJV)