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JESUS, First in the Church: Christ is the Head (Pt. 1)

December 22, 2019 Pastor: Verne Nakasone Series: Colossians

Passage: Colossians 1:18

OVERVIEW:

Who is the Child born in Bethlehem’s manger? The Bible teaches that He is, Immanuel which means, God with us (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).

The true identity of Jesus as Redeemer and Creator is expanded. We’ll learn that Jesus is “the head of the body, the church” (1:18).

NOTES:

1A. THE METAPHORS OF THE CHURCH
1B. Four major metaphors
1C. BODY – Jesus is the Head and Christians are members of the body (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23)
2C. MARRIAGE – Jesus is the Bridegroom and Christians are the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:7, 21:2)
3C. FAMILY – God is the Father and Christians are His children and brothers and sisters in Christ (Romans 8:14,16; Galatians 3:26; Hebrews 12:5; 1 John 3:1-2,10)
4C. TEMPLE – Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone and Christians are living stones (Ephesians 2:20-22; 1 Peter 2:4-8)
2B. Four characteristics of the church
1C. LOVE – Serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13)
2C. MISSION – Get the message of the Gospel to others (1 Corinthians 1:23; Colossians 4:2-6)
3C. GATHERING – Word, prayer, fellowship, and The Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:42)
4C. TRAINING – Coming along side of Christians and equip them to serve Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12)
2A. THE MEANING THAT THE CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST
1B. Christ is the Head (1:18; Ephesians 1:20-23; Matthew 28:18-20)
2B. Christians are members of the Body
1C. UNITY (Ephesians 4:4; 1 Corinthians 12:20)
2C. DIVERSITY (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
3A. THE MESSAGE OF THE CHURCH
1B. The supremacy of Christ (Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 19:16; Matthew 16:13-20)
2B. The gospel of Christ – Tell people the gospel from a heart of love and a life of service (2 Corinthians 4:5; Romans 1:16)

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