When Paul says his aim in ministry includes “warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ,” (Col 1:28), it’s tempting to think that kind of interest and intentionality in the lives of others is reserved for those in leadership.
But when Paul exhorts all believers to “teach and admonish one another in all wisdom” (Col 3:28) he employs the same two verbs as he did in describing his own charge.
In other words, it’s everyone’s gig to bring wisdom to bear on one another’s condition when the moment calls for it.
So how do we learn to do that? We learn from those who are doing it–as the church at Colossae learned from Paul.
Later this month the Association of Biblical Counseling is hosting a conference entitled Solace: Comforting the Brokenhearted, a three-day gathering expressly designed to equip all believers in the work of working wisdom into one another’s situations. This year’s conference focus on the Thursday of the conference is on addressing the soberingly pervasive affliction of sexual abuse. Friday and Saturday will look to the Psalter as a rich and ample resource for rendering aid to those reeling, not just from sexual abuse, but from all froms of despair.
Have a look at the intro below and then register here.