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Jesus is the Head of the Church

Posted by on Apr 20, 2010 in discipleship | 1 comment

I’m hoping to generate some discussion related to one of my previous posts: “Our practices show what we truly believe.” Primarily, I want to bring up some theological propositions that are put forth in Scripture and discuss how we as the church demonstrate these truths when we meet together.

For example, consider this statement: “Jesus is the Head of the Church.” We see this statement several times in the New Testament. Here are a few examples:

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ… (Ephesians 4:15 ESV)

And he is the head of the body, the church. (Colossians 1:18a ESV)

Now, scholars argue as to whether “head” here means “source” or “authority.” In fact, we don’t have to argue this point, because other passages of Scripture tell us that Jesus is both the “source” and the “authority” of the church.

Thus, we can rightly claim that Jesus is the head of the church. Now, the question is this: How do we demonstrate that Jesus is our head when we meet together? How do we show that Jesus is our source when we meet together? How demonstrate that Jesus is our authority when we meet together?

Or, perhaps we don’t have to demonstrate this when we meet together. If you don’t think so, then why not?

As another way of looking at this, what practices could communicate to others that Jesus is not our head… that he is not our source or authority?

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  1. 4-20-2010


    I wrote the “blueprint” post to ask these questions and flush out further discussion. My question is does it matter? Brother, I don’t know for sure but I think so. I am sure that the structure we find ourselves in is irrelevant but the “quality” of the meeting time seems to be important and though there is no set blueprint on how this should look I do believe there are certain components. This is what I am writing about today.

    If these components are missing then we may not have the quality of meeting that Jesus intended. I am trying to follow a pattern from a narrative apporach to scripture. The problem with that is, should that type of hermeneutic even be employed with reading, interpreting and applying the “new testatment” text? Or is it more fragmented with developing thoughts and maybe even changes in perspective as the church grows from a small cult following to a national movement?

    I don’t know Alan but I do want to understand. Here is what I do know. Meeting with 200-300 people, facing a man speaking from a raised stage, with a polished musical arrangement, who gets preferential treatment has no personal benefit to me. I am not saying it doesn’t benefit others, just not me. It is a waste of my time and I could do something like clean up, cut my lawn or something. It is way too impersonal for me and I have to much impersonal interaction in my life already to add another hour plus gas money to my life.


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