A Note from our Pastor:
“Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,”Ephesians 1:21-22
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
Let us first consider these verses from the standpoint of church governance. The Apostle makes a point that we should take official notice of — God made Jesus Christ to be head over all things to the church. The position that Christ occupies in regards to church governance is an agreement among the Godhead.
Practically, this means the church needs to be careful of any government structure. The only central authority the church reports to is Jesus Christ himself. We do not have an earthly central office and we do not have a manly authority.
The truest biblical form is that each church body is autonomous and answers directly to Jesus Christ. We must be careful that we hold to this both in formal and informal practice. The church is often plagued by ministers and congregations that would seek to police or influence other congregations. Quite simply, churches should communicate but the decisions made are made by that local church alone.
While the practical governance of the church is an important part of this verse, we must not overlook the honor it speaks to; an honor that Christ was given by God the Father.
It is a gift to our Mediator from God the father that speaks to his role in the lives of his children. He is not an authoritarian ruler over His church, but rather is a leader that empathizes with his people and seeks for their growth and benefit spiritually. It is a gift of God to his Son that glorifies Jesus and gives Him preeminence in all things.
As we gather each Sunday, let us remember that we answer to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Mediator, for the way we conduct ourselves in worship to him.
Our Prayers are with you daily,