One of the great concerns for any thinking individual is, “How do I navigate the world around me? How do I proceed through life?” The underlying philosophies that provide answers to these questions, often below the surface of our conscious thought, are referred to as a “worldview.” A worldview influences the way we think about morality, society, eternity, purpose, etc. Individuals have a worldview, and societies have dominant worldviews as well as those competing for the allegiances of large sections of a culture. This was most certainly the case in Colossae in the first century AD, as the growing Christian church daily interacted with those holding to paganism, emperor worship, gnosticism, and other philosophies.
What was true for the Colossians is true for us today: there are many philosophies and worldviews competing for our loyalty. They have varying degrees of coherence and plausibility, and some of them can sound rather appealing. Those who have found Christ and trusted in Him for redemption and reconciliation are not without hope in light of this plethora of competing ideas. God has ordained that we as a church, as the body of Christ, can grow together in our knowledge of spiritual things and our support for one another as we navigate this world with all its necessary decisions, ethical and otherwise. Join us this Sunday as we continue our study in the book of Colossians and see how God designed the church to be strong in resisting false teachings by loving and encouraging each other. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!