Christ and the Church, Pt. 6

Christ and the Church, Pt. 6

Christ and the Church:
The Supremacy of Christ in All Things
Colossians 1:15-20

Introduction

This week we will finish our series on Christ and the church by looking at a beautiful passage of Scripture that shares about the exaltation and glory of Christ.  Most people believe that at least part of this passage of Scripture was an early Christian hymn or confessional.  It was a way for people to understand and remember who Christ was and what He did for them in a succinct way.  This week, we will look at the supremacy of Christ in all things, especially in creation and redemption.

Colossians 1:15-20 (NASB)

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Basic Outline for Sunday’s Message

Christ and the Church:
The Supremacy of Christ in All Things
Colossians 1:15-20

I.  Christ’s Supremacy in Creation (15-17)

A. Christ is the Image of God
B. Christ is the Firstborn
C. Christ is the Creator of All Things
D. Christ is the Goal of All Things
E. Christ is Before All Things
F. Christ Upholds All Things

II. Christ’s Supremacy in Redemption (18-20)

A. Christ is Head of the Church
B. Christ is the Beginning
C. Christ is the Fulness of God
D. Christ is the Means of Reconciliation

 

Study Questions

  1. What does it mean that Christ has supremacy in all things?
  2. Why would an ancient Christian hymn or confessional begin with an understanding of Christ’s supremacy in creation?  Why do you think the original author felt this was important?
  3. What are the implications of Christ being the head of the Church?  Does it affect how we worship and how we minister to those outside of the church?
  4. How did God reconcile all things to Himself through Christ?  What should be our response when we are reconciled to God?

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