Why Jesus Deserves to be Lord of the Church
God builds a household for the long haul by giving children (according to Psalm 127).
· In what way are children a reward? When a child is born, for what are the parents rewarded? How can children be both a gift and a reward?
· In what way are children arrows? What are the parents’ responsibility with these arrows and what can arrows do that an archer can’t do?
Colossians 1:18 (ESV)
18And 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.
Jesus deserves the preeminence in the church because he founded the church.
· What does the term “beginning” mean?
o What did Jesus begin?
o When did he begin it?
· Like we talked about last week, does “firstborn” refer to time or does it refer to status?
o What is the difference between Jesus being the “firstborn of all creation” and the “firstborn from the dead”?
o What is the difference between Jesus being the “firstborn” and the “firstfrutis” (see 1 Cor.15:20-23)?
o What practical application does Paul give us based on Jesus’ preeminent status according to Philippians 2:12ff (v.14 in particular)? Why is this an appropriate application?
Jesus deserves the preeminence in the church because he rules the church.
· Can you explain the relationship that Jesus the head has with his body, the church?
o He is he dependent on us and how are we dependent on him? What are the similarities and differences?
o Jesus directs his church in primary and secondary ways.
§ What is Jesus’ primary means of directing the church?
§ What is Jesus’ secondary means of directing the church?