Jesus governs His church as Head of the Body
Ephesians 3:3–16, Colossians 1:15–20
Jesus is the factual Head of the Church. Therefore, we give Him actual headship and not theoretical headship. Headship encompasses two interrelated concepts: (1) authority, and (2) leadership.
Both Christ’s authority and leadership are established and realized when we commit to His Word as revealed in all 66 books of the Bible. Therefore, in order for Christ to be the Head of the Rock, we must (1) recognize the supremacy, and (2) embrace the sufficiency of the Scriptures.
A recognition of the supremacy of the Scriptures means that decision making, preaching, teaching, disciple-making, church discipline, and all other matters of church life are firmly rooted in the Bible. It also means that we endeavour to learn, practice, and teach the full counsel of God regardless of any potential conflicts with the cultural opinions and worldviews in the society around us.
To embrace the sufficiency of the Scriptures means that the Bible is our primary textbook for church life. No other source is to supplant the central role of biblical teaching and decision making. No secular models – whether they be psychological, therapeutic, leadership, corporate, financial, pragmatic, anthropologic, or any other – shall replace a resolute commitment to biblical vision and worldview. Moreover, even church tradition is not to be preferred over biblically informed decision making. This means that all decisions are to be informed by open Bibles and by prayer.
Lastly, as Head of the Church, Jesus will provide adequate people and resources to do what He wants us to do. Therefore, we shall not engage in any ministry unless and until Christ sends us the people and money to do so. At the same time, by prayer and planning, we ought to ask Christ to provide for us so that we might implement the fullness of God’s biblical vision for the Church through our ministries.