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The Life Changing Power of Community

As the Apostle Paul concludes his letter to the church in Colossae, he takes extra time to appreciate the small group of believers who have ministered to him through his trials. Paul wrote the letter from a Roman jail. First century prisoners had access to friends and family who would come to care for them and support them through their imprisonment. The friends who came to Paul’s aid are listed by name and the qualities of their friendship are celebrated in this short letter. We see in Colossians 1 that the purpose of the letter is to make Jesus preeminent. Paul could have written many things to this young church whom he has never met so it is important to notice and appreciate the high value he puts on the person of Jesus and the role of community in living out their faith. Paul models for the young church a lifestyle and set of beliefs that will enrich their understanding of Jesus, His Church, and His people.