Hub Network – Colossians

hub-network-colossians-pngTrue Christian ministry involves not a few, but all, followers of Jesus. Each person works in concert to use their gifts and calling to pursue God and to share him with the world. The true church, therefore, is one where the body of Christ works in unity through the unique equipping of every person. The letter that Paul wrote to the church in Colosse is a great example of the partnership-nature of true ministry. For instance, read what Paul writes about his friend, Epaphras:

Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God. I can assure you that he prays hard for you and also for the believers in Laodicea and Hierapolis. – Colossians 4:12-13 NLT

Or in this example about Epaphras earlier in the letter:

You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf.He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you. So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. – Colossians 1:7-9 NLT

Or in this comment about Tychicus:

Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work.  I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you. – Colossians 4:7-8 NLT

Or in this comment about several others:

Aristarchus, who is in prison with me, sends you his greetings, and so does Mark, Barnabas’s cousin. As you were instructed before, make Mark welcome if he comes your way. Jesus (the one we call Justus) also sends his greetings. These are the only Jewish believers among my co-workers; they are working with me here for the Kingdom of God. And what a comfort they have been! – Colossians 4:10-11 NLT

In all, Colossians mentions 12 people by name, along with multiple house groups and churches in multiple cities. Even though we are tempted to lift up Paul as a super-apostle, Paul didn’t believe in a lone-ranger or “hero” approach to ministry. He practiced an every-person, hub-networked, co-worker concept.

 

HUB NETWORK SERIES

Romans

1 Corinthians

Philippians

Colossians

Philemon

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

10 thoughts on “Hub Network – Colossians

  1. Hey Ken, I haven’t seen the graphic that you are using here. Do you have a tutorial or brief description of the different components so I can “get it”? 🙂 Otherwise, I like the write up’s… good stuff!

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    1. Hey Mark! The graphic here illustrates each person or church that is mentioned in Colossians and how they are “networked”. “P”, for instance, stands for “Paul” and “T” for “Timothy, etc. My hope is that these could be useful visuals for studying the shared ministry is embedded in the New Testament letters. Thanks so much for the note!

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  2. I love this, Ken! Thank you for taking the time to post this. May I pass this on to my youth volunteers for empowering and equipping? Thanks for all you do, my friend. Prayers for you as you equip and empower the next wave of sojourners.

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    1. Thanks David – Feel free to use this. I plan on posting more of these for most of the New Testament letters over the next several weeks. Glad you liked this!

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