Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. Colossians 1.28, 29
“Since I bear the responsibility for very needful teaching, first of all I may briefly speak of the first thing for all to know. I desire that what is the basis of all men’s salvation should be the foundation of our talk, and that our doctrine should commence from that point whence all that is arises and what has not been begins, and that the heart’s belief should open the gateway of our talk, rightly opening, as it does, the mouths of all Christian believers to a salutary confession” (Columbanus, Sermon I).
Columbanus was the greatest of the Irish peregrini who re-evangelized much of Europe during the seventh century. He preached a series of thirteen brief messages to new members of his monastic community to help them get oriented to their new life in Christ and among their fellow servants. These seem to have been preached on consecutive days at the beginning of their novitiate. Though brief, his sermons are filled with powerful challenges to take seriously the call to follow Jesus Christ in a life of self-denial and spiritual striving.
Columbanus insisted that all preaching must have its beginning and ending in the Gospel of salvation – in the message of our Lord Jesus Christ. These days many preachers seem to assume the Gospel rather than proclaim it. Columbanus believed that faithfully proclaiming the Gospel was important in helping believers to confess it as they should. As he understood it, all our doctrine, indeed, everything in life, arises from the Fount, which is Jesus, and all our faith should be directed toward Him. The first thing we need to understand as preachers and disciple-makers is that Jesus is the First Thing – and the Last – and Everything In-Between – in everything we do.
Of Him, through Him, and unto Him. Let our preaching, teaching, and disciple-making reflect this as our Fount and Focus.
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From the Celtic Revival
We’ve gathered a few resources about the Celtic Revival onto a single page at our website. Visit by clicking here to watch a video, listen to a podcast, download a resource, or ask a question about the Celtic Revival.
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Here’s an excerpt from the current issue of Crosfigell, our twice-weekly teaching letter featuring insights from the writers of the Celtic Revival challenging us to think about what it means to love God:
You have nothing more precious
than the love of God, if you perform it:
you will not regret
adoring the King of clouds.
- Oengus mac Oengobann, Féilire Oengusso, Irish, 9th century
We don’t love God because we say we do. We love Him by performing the love He has for us, so that love for neighbors grows in us as love for God increases through worship and obedience.
What does Crosfigell mean? Here’s a little video explaining the name of our teaching letter.
T. M. Moore.
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 Carey, p. 190.