Tuesday, December 11, 2012

25 Names of Jesus: {Day 11} Head of the Church

“For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.” Ephesians 5:23

I am sorry that I am just now getting this posted. I try to get it up early in the day for those who are following along with the countdown but we have been hit with some sort of terrible cold virus or flu at my house. We have all been down and out the past few days and I am hoping we are finally on the uphill. We'll see.

One of my favorite passages of scripture is Matthew 16:13-18, which says:
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ,b the Son of the living God.”
17Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you that you are Peter,c and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hadesd will not overcome it.e
Not only is Jesus the leader of the church, but the very foundation upon which it is built. He praises Peter for his declaration that He is the Christ and then goes onto say that His church will be built upon that truth.

The church is not a building. It is made up of those who have put their faith and trust in Christ as their Savior. It will grow by the spreading of the gospel message and the adding of new believers. And because Jesus has already won the final battle, Satan will have no power over it.

I hope you are having fun hanging your 25 Names of Jesus advent ornaments and discussing His names with your family! Go here to read the other posts in this series and to download the free printable ornaments if you want to follow along as we countdown to Christmas!

Happy December, friends! It's the most wonderful time of the year! :)

About the Author: Erin Vick Franklin is the founder and director of Worthy of the Prize. Erin has a BBA in Marketing and Management from TCU and a Masters of Christian Education in Church Recreation from Southwestern Seminary. She is a published, award-winning author and poet. Purchase her book Worthy of the Prize Sports Camps: A Church's Guide to Implementing an Effective, Community-Reaching Christian Sports Camp to be used as an outreach tool for your church or mission organization. Erin is the wife of A, a Worship Pastor, and a work-at-home-momma to 2 crazy little boys, a and e.

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