• Bishop Keith Butler

Head of the Church

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. (Colossians 1:18)

Who is the Head of the church? Is it the Pastor? Maybe the overseeing Bishop? Some see the Head of the church as the Pope or some other high ranking official of a particular denomination.

The Bible is clear that the Head of the church is not a manmade position. The Head of the church is Jesus.

How do churches display that Jesus is the Head and Supreme in authority for them?

First, it means that leaders and church members follow Jesus’ example. Because He loves the church, we also love the church. The church is more than your particular denomination; it includes all those who worship Jesus and know Him intimately through a relationship.

Second, it means that leadership must surrender to Jesus and not do things solely based on their own ideas or concepts. As the Head of the church, Jesus plans to grow His church spiritually. If leaders want to be a part of something significant, they must submit to Jesus’ authority and direction. Unfortunately, egos and natural ideas can get in the way of leaders submitting to God or seeking His guidance.

If you’re not an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher, what does Jesus’ Headship of the church mean to you? Regardless of how you serve the body of Christ, you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Jesus should be the Head of your life in the same way He is the Head of the church. So, you should follow His example in how you interact with the world around you. You should submit to His direction and follow His lead when it comes to how you live life.

Practical Application – When you make a decision, stop, and listen to God, let Jesus be the Head of everything you do. Stop trying to figure everything out on your own!

Ephesians 5:23; Matthew 21:42



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