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Summary: What lies within us is more of an ambivalence towards leadership… we actually long for that which can organize life… that which can set forth what is right… and HEROES who reveal something of a better way.

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One True Leader Over Life

Series: The Liberated Life (Colossians)

Brad Bailey – May 3, 2009

(NOTE: The following includes some sections in which a name precedes a section of thought. These were drawn from others and I have included their names to give credit. They were not quoted but rather simply used to capture a thought that may have been included in what was shared.)

Intro – Our ‘Authority Issue’

If I asked you if you have a leader in your life… I think a bit of reflection would allow many of us to realize that leadership is an issue we wrestle with. So many people who were in positions of authority… of control… of power… have disappointed us… or even deeply hurt us. As a result we may all have authority issues… and in part… for some good reason.

In a similar way…the very nature of deeming someone to be thought of as ‘superior’ is difficult.

We elevate some… but they usually don’t rule… and if so…we tend to think “Who do they think they are?”

But I believe what really lies within us is more of an ambivalence towards leadership… we actually long for that which can organize life… that which can set forth what is right… and HEROES who reveal something of a better way.

> Good news… is that there is one… who is both supreme over all other powers and is good.

It is the very reason that we worship God and the unique revelation of God in the person of Jesus.

It’s why we refer to our community as Christ-centered. And I realize that can also raise a challenge for some… who may wonder ‘Why are we so into Jesus? Why do we worship him in so many of our worship songs?’

As we continue in our series entitled “The Liberated Life”… we are going to engage the unique position that Christ holds over life… one which I believe that every soul is intended to know… and the has the very power to liberate us from lesser leaders.

This series is one of engaging what we call the Book of Colossians. It is one of the letters in the Scriptures from the apostle Paul… and ex-Jewish religious leader… now in prison…to one of the new gatherings of those who were coming to know Christ as the long awaited Messiah… the king not only of Israel… but of all.

As I said last week in our introduction… Paul’s letters are not just letters….but declarations and development of a subversive movement. The whole ministry of Jesus was a threat to the powers that be…. including both religious leaders… and Roman ruling leaders (beginning with King Herod.)

What is dangerous to the powers that have gained control… is when someone defies and renounces them. That is what Jesus did. That is what the ex-religious leader Paul did in following Jesus and teaching others. In this sense it is subversive.

In this next early part of the letter Paul declares how Christ is not only supreme… but uniquely supreme above all…. and he does so in the most profound and poetic of terms…

Colossians 1:15-23

The first way in which he notes the unique nature of Christ… is there in the first phrase…

Colossians 1:15 – “He is the image of the invisible God”


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