Docstoc

THE CHURCH

Document Sample
THE CHURCH Powered By Docstoc
					THE CHURCH:
Who is the Boss?
This is the last sermon in this series on the church and we have had some wonderful teachings up to now: Hotel or home – the church is a family Leadership in the church The heart of the matter is being apostolic The church is called to be builders and blessings We looked at the most important thing that priests do (running hard after God) Then we saw that the church is made up of living stones Love in the church Church discipline Now today, in closing of the series on the church I want to ask this question: Who is the Boss? It is not Chris and it is not Bernard. Some people think it is Marco Smit, but it is not, it is not the elders either. And it is not the apostolic team. The mission we have and the great things of seeing the lost saved and our city won and the poor looked after, not even that is the boss. We find the answer in the Word: Read Col 1:15-23 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister." (ESV)

1

He has eyes like doves and wavy black hair (Ss 5:10-12) His eyes are like doves because He understands us and is able to sympathize with us. Eyes like doves speak of Jesus’ gentle and caring and loving nature. He looks at us and He loves us. It is easy for us to relate to His eyes like doves because they are eyes of peace. When He looks at us with these eyes he knows all we are going through, Jesus knows what sins were committed against you, he knows your weaknesses and He still loves us. They are still eyes of peace looking at us. Jesus is not unaware of our short comings, that is why He died for us and He still looks at us with His eyes of peace When He looks at us HE sees everything, so if you have lost someone dear to you, He looks at you with eyes like doves. When there is loads of pressure on us because we have to provide for our families. Jesus sees all the battles we are fighting, He looks at us with His likes like doves and says “I am not ashamed to be called your brother” This Jesus is the head of the church. His hair is black because Jesus never ages or changes like we do. His hair is black because He is unsearchable and incomprehensible and yet as far as we know Him we see that He is absolutely lovely and delightful and that there is in Him nothing that is not perfect. This Jesus is the head of the church. He has eyes like fire and hair as white as snow (Rev 1:14) His eyes like fire consumes everything it sets its gaze on. Nothing can stand before Him. This fire that burns in His eyes is a passion and love for His church and He will not let anything happen to her. Don’t think you can come with any selfish ambition or harmful intent to His church, because His eyes are like blazing fire, looking with a deep love at His church and looking out with a holy fire for His bride. Eyes like fire, sees everything and nothing is hidden before Him to whom we must give an account. This Jesus is the head of the church. His hair is white because it is a picture of His perfection. Jesus is the Ancient of Days and He is wise and without any fault or weakness. Jesus is eternal, He never began and He will never end. 2

He is the perfect God before who every knee will bow. His voice is like the roar of rushing waters and nothing will be able to stand before Him. This Jesus is the head of the church. Back to Col 1:15-23 But what does it mean for us that Jesus is the head of the Church? We find the answer again in the Col 1 text. “All things were created by Him and for Him…” All that we do must be done for Him. So if it is the way we do our meetings on Sundays it should be done for Him, the way we run our businesses or do our vocations, it is for Him. In our friendships and relationships, they are through Him and for Him. He is the head of the church all things revolve around Him and is for His glory. “…that in everything He may have supremacy…” There may never be anything higher than Jesus, and we have to be on the watch for this and keep each other accountable in this. The easiest way to do this is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and to keep Him in the highest place. In the church it is easy to get distracted by so many things, good and not so good. But Jesus is our King and our head, therefore we are to always give Him the throne in our lives but also in everything we do. “… through His blood, shed on the cross…” Who Jesus is and what He did must always remain central in all that we do. The cross and the blood and the resurrection will always be the message of the church. We must never be quiet about this and we must change this simple truth. The head of the church said I will die for her and then I will not stay dead. So never preach another gospel and never add to or subtract from what He has done. Jesus is the head and He laid down His life for us and we now pass it on as of first importance. “…to present you holy in His sight…” Jesus’ death was so that we can be perfect before the Father, that one day we can be a spotless bride for Jesus. To me this speaks of holiness, because Jesus is the head of the church we strive to be perfect in holiness. We deal a death blow to whatever it is in us that still defiles us.

3

If there is any sin still in our lives or any attitudes that doesn’t bring glory to God we kill it, because Jesus is the head of the church. Because He is the head, the aim is perfection. “…the gospel…has been proclaimed to every creature...” Because Jesus is the head and because HE has eyes like fire and like doves we preach the gospel. We tell every creature about the reconciliation there is in Jesus. We work hard to see this city won for Him and we go to the nations and we plant churches because He is the head of the church and we love him. Jesus loves people and He died even for those who now ignore or oppose Him. Because He is the head the church will do it can to get all those other people He has ransomed with His blood back to Him. The church has been given the ministry of reconciliation, and because He is our head we share the gospel and we witness to family and those working with us.

Conclusion: The church is the church because we have at our head Jesus the Christ. It is because of Him that we are and it is for Him that we exist. All eyes on Jesus! There is nothing better and nothing more rewarding we can ever do. We don’t have right of existence outside of Jesus, but in Him we have all the rights of sons. There is much more that can be said about the church, but is we keep our eyes on Jesus we will be walking on safe ground and I believe we will be able to do everything that He has called us into.

4


				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Tags: CHURCH
Stats:
views:175
posted:12/16/2009
language:English
pages:4
Description: THE CHURCH