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AUTHOR: NAD Stewardship

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:15-18NKJV


The word “head” conveys not only the ideas of authority and summation, but also the concept of source, or origination. Some say Peter founded the Church but the Bible makes it clear that Christ is its founder. As “head of the body, the church,” Jesus is the Lord of his people and also the source of their life and growth. Not only the church, but “all things” are summed up in Christ. In this symbolic figure, Paul gives the church a powerful image of universal scope of Christ’s dominion. The Church deserves our highest honor, our deepest passion, our fullest commitment because in so doing, we are giving ourselves to Christ.

Appeal: Our offering today is for our church, but in reality we are giving to Christ’s church. He is the head and center of all that we do here.


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Originally prepared for May 19, 2012