Every person in every church and every pastor should never forget a singular, irreplaceable truth: Jesus is the head of the church. Jesus is first in everything. Get that priority confused and you invite the disintegration of what’s most important usually replaced by a pull toward self-importance. As the head of the church, Jesus has promised to build His church. And He invites us to invest our lives together in a cause much bigger than our individual obsessions.

Discussion Questions

Take a moment to meditate on the greatness of Jesus by reading Colossians 1:9-18. In what practical ways do you acknowledge the preeminence of Christ in your life?

We’re told in Colossians 1:18 that Jesus is the head of the church. Why does God need to remind us of this truth? How are some pastors in danger of believing they are the head of their churches?

Not only is Jesus the head of His church but He is also its builder. Read Matthew 16:13-19. How is Jesus building His church?

God uses human leaders in local churches but ultimately the church’s growth is God’s responsibility (1 Cor. 3:5-8). What is God’s definition of success for a local church? How might the American mindset of success pervert our view of a successful church?

What does it mean for you to trust God for your future? What are you trusting Him for? How can we trust God together for the future of LifePoint Church?

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