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?