Spend some time thinking about the world and creation and praise God for all he has made.
Sometimes I take funerals and the family have chosen a golden oldie to walk out to – What a Wonderful World. See here What a Wonderful World It’s just so true. The world around us is totally amazing. There is so much detail and so much going on just generally. It is a wonderful world.
Paul tells us that The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. He’s talking about Jesus. No one has ever seen God – but people did see Jesus when he was on earth, walking around, talking and spending time with his friends. When God made the world, he said what he had made was good, until he made people, and then he said they were very good. Just as humans were the climax of creation, Jesus is the human who was the most special because he was not only human, but also divine (God). He’s special, and he holds all things together, including the church.
Once we were far away from God, but God, despite his power and all his greatness, came to rescue us and bring us close, and he did that through Jesus and his death and resurrection. Through Jesus, we can know God and come before him as those who have been cleaned and purified. This is what we’re talking about when we talk about the Gospel.
It’s worth just paying attention to what Paul says about how he teaches and encourages others. He says that he proclaims Jesus, teaching and admonishing (telling people where they’re going wrong nicely) with wisdom to that we can present them mature in Christ. We’re hoping to do the same in our Youth ministry at St Peters and this is why we do what we do.
Do you have someone you can teach about Jesus?