Let Christ Dwell Richly

2012 Doxology and Theology

In this 50-minute session from the 2012 Doxology and Theology Conference, author and pastor Matt Chandler uses Colossians 3 to boldly challenge and encourage you. As he covers the seriousness of sin, the necessity for Scripture, and the weight of teaching in wisdom, you will be compelled to lay it all before the Lord in humility.

Since 2002, Matt Chandler has served as the Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church. Under his leadership, the church has grown from 160 to over 6,000 members with satellite campuses across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In 2012, Matt became the president of Acts 29, a network of churches planting churches. He is a frequent conference speaker and the author of four books including The Explicit Gospel and The Mingling of Souls.

Colossians 3:1-16 (ESV)

Put On the New Self

1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.4When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.6On account of these the wrath of God is coming.7In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.8But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.11Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.16Let 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.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Using Colossians 3, Matt encouraged us as worship leaders to 
  1. Be serious about sin (vv. 1-10).
  2. Let the words about Christ dwell in us richly (v. 16). 
  3. Teach and admonish in wisdom (v. 16).

Matt said, “For all our looking to Jesus, we are still giving our flesh room and board...trying to tame the lion as if it cannot devour us.” How do you actively put to death sinful temptations (vv. 5-10)? Are you serious about your sin and the sin of your congregants? How do you communicate the significance of sin in your services?
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 Matt encouraged, “There is a difference between knowing Bible verses and letting the words about Christ dwell in you richly… let it [the Word] do the surgery it was meant to do, sit under the weight of it so that when you get wrung out, it comes out of you.”

Do ever feel numb to the Word? What do you think Matt means by “surgery” in the above quote, and how does that make you feel? When have you experienced a time of suffering or temptation when the Word naturally “wrung out” of you? Would it do the same today?
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Matt explained that teaching and admonishing in wisdom means not only teaching about who Christ is and what He has done, but also our need for Him. How do you ensure your song selections tell the whole story of the Cross? How do you remind yourself that leading worship is more than a job, but also a profound gift to see people come alive in Christ?
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 To conclude, Matt challenged us with handful of reflective questions. Feel free to answer those questions below, or in prayer to the Father.

Do you expect the people you lead to taste and sense something that you yourself do now walk in? Do you need God to restore you to the joy of your salvation? Have you forgotten the works of God in your life? How confident are you in the saving work of Jesus? Do you seriously seek the Lord, or do you rely too much on your own ability?
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If you are tired and worship has become routine, Jesus whispers come… 

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 ESV

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