Saturday, November 2, 2013

Why I Love Christ Fellowship Bible Church [part 10]
Geoffrey R. Kirkland
Christ Fellowship Bible Church

There are many reasons why I love CFBC. This continues the series as to why I love the flock of God at CFBC.

1. CFBC Has a Love for the Truth of Scripture.
2. CFBC Loves, Cares for, Prays for, & Encourages Me as Their Teaching Shepherd.
3. CFBC comprises people from different races, nationalities, cultures, backgrounds & ages.
4. CFBC zealously pursues holiness and conformity to Christlikeness in all things.
5. CFBC seeks to apply the vision statement of the church, namely, to be a disciple-making church.
6. CFBC evidences a passion for evangelism, soul-willing, open-air preaching & gospel proclamation.
7. CFBC weekly comes together for two corporate prayer services to pray for the church, revival, one another & the purity of the Church.
8. CFBC loves one another and willingly sacrifices time, resources, money, and effort to serve others in the flock.
9. CFBC endeavors to glorify God and magnify His supremacy each and every time the assembly gathers!

10. CFBC exalts Jesus Christ and His sovereign Lordship over His church, over His sheep, and over all things in the universe.

One preeminent truth that must reign supremely in the church of Jesus Christ is that He alone is the sovereign Lord over His church. There is One who occupies the title of Head over the church and it belongs to none other than Jesus Christ. The Father has given all things to Jesus Christ since all things reside under His feet. He is the sovereign Head — authority — over His church. Notably, the Apostle Paul affirms that He is the Head over all things and God gave this One who is Head over all to the church. A church that exalts Jesus Christ and His supreme worth, eternal power, sovereign Lordship, and exclusive headship is an assembly of believers that glorifies God. Anything less diminishes from God’s glory. Jesus Christ is the sovereign One over all — over His Church when it gathers, over His sheep in redemption and in their lives, and over all things in the entire universe. In fact, Jesus Christ actively and continuously holds all things together.

God has so given CFBC a passionate commitment to uphold the sovereign headship of Jesus Christ. This manifests itself in a number of ways. The flock expects that Jesus Christ alone — as it is revealed in the written Word — guides and governs His church. He must speak to His people. The flock has a craving for the preaching of the Word and the proclamation of Christ and Him crucified. To speak of Christ’s sovereign headship is to worship Him for His divine power, His eternal nature, His sovereign position, His redemptive work, His triumphant resurrection, and His clear revelation. The flock upholds and exalts Christ over all things. All things must fall under Christ’s authority. Anything that opposes Christ must be rejected. Anything that sets itself up to vie for authority with Christ must be adamantly rejected. And CFBC faithfully upholds and clings to the preeminence of Jesus Christ.

One of the great joys of being a shepherd in the service of God’s flock is to see Him gather likeminded believers together who love to speak of Christ’s sovereign Lordship. His great power in creation, His great work in redemption, and His awesome grace in sanctification worthily demands worship and praise. Indeed, this means that Jesus Christ must be the head over His sheep as they live their lives. All whom He saves He sanctifies as He is the head over their lives. Those whom He saves He changes. What He says governs the way that His sheep live. And furthermore, Jesus Christ by His active, continuous, and omnipotent power  upholds all things in the entire universe. Nothing exists apart from Him. And God has so brought believers together at CFBC who love to lift high Jesus Christ and proclaim His utter headship, preeminence and glory.


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