Shelby G. Floyd
We appreciate so very much the wonderful crowd that we have today. It is a beautiful day. It always makes us feel better after we have had a week or two of nasty weather to see some good sunshine and to see the clear skies.
THE PREEMINENCE OF CHRIST AS HEAD
This morning I am talking to you on the subject of the preeminence of Christ. In Colossians 1:19, the apostle Paul expressed the preeminence that Christ should have over His church when he said, “and He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead: that in all things He might have the preeminence.” We must give Christ preeminence in all things and especially we must give Him first place of importance in the church. When Paul said He is the head of the church, the word “head” means originator, source, leader and ruler. Christ is the head of the church in the sense that He brought the church into being. He is the originator of the church. Christ is the head of the church in the sense that He is the source of the life of the church. Christ is the head of the church in the sense that He is the ruler of the church. He has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He has executive authority: He proposes. He has legislative authority: He disposes. He has judicial authority: He judges. So we must give preeminence to Christ as the head of the church, the originator of the church, and the source of all life in the church, the legislator, the executor and the judge of the church.
THE BEGINNING OF THE CHURCH
When did the church begin? There have been a lot of different ideas as to the time that the church began. Some have said that the church began in the days of Abraham back in the Old Testament. That seems a little strange since it seems to be a New Testament institution.
Some of our religious friends teach that the church began in the days of John the Baptist—that he actually was the founder of the church. That seems also strange since John said I must decrease and Christ must increase (John 3:30). John said I am not even worthy to stoop down and unloose a latchet of the shoes of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:17). It doesn’t seem likely that John would be the founder of the church in view of the fact that he was only the best man and he referred to Christ as the bridegroom (John 3:29). No, the church did not begin in the days of Abraham and it did not begin in the days of John, but it began on the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2. Continue reading “The Preeminence of Christ”