Estes Park and Colossae
See if this description sounds familiar: small town church, mountains, desirable surroundings, lots of visitors. Any guesses? Sure sounds a lot like Estes Park and our very own Mountain View Bible Fellowship, but it’s not. These are descriptions of the first century church in Colossae to whom the Apostle Paul penned the New Testament letter of Colossians. Come to find out, the Colossian Christians were a people not unlike us, in a place not unlike us, facing a problem not unlike us, and needing a Preeminent Savior exactly like us! The greatest need of the church at Colossae, and the greatest need of the church at Mountain View is the same, namely, to align our lives to the preeminence of Jesus. Paul put it like this in Colossians 1:15-18,
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”
Lord willing, this Sunday will be our first in an ongoing study of Colossians. I’m excited and I hope you are too. Take time between now and then to read and familiarize yourself with Colossians (don’t panic - only 4 chapters). Come with your heart prepared and your Bible in hand. Also, this Sunday we have the opportunity to gather around the Lord’s Table to remember His saving death and rejoice in His soon return (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). It’s going to be a great day!