by Jeff Strite

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He Is Lord Because Of Who He Is (2 of 9)
Series: Jesus Is Lord
Jeff Strite
Colossians 1:15-23

OPEN: A young sentry was on guard duty for the 1st time, and he had orders not to admit any car unless it had a special identification seal on its bumper. About the middle of the night, an unmarked car approached his guard shack and the sentry stopped it. Inside, was a general and his driver.

When the Sentry advised them that he could not admit any car that didn't have the special seal on it, the General became impatient and somewhat angry. Ignoring the sentry, the officer leaned forward and told his driver: ''Don't worry about it, just drive right on through.''
When the sentry heard this he looked into the back seat and politely said, ''I'm sorry sir, but I'm new at this. Could you please tell me who I should shoot first - you or the driver?''

APPLY: Who should I listen to? Who has the authority to tell me what is right and what is wrong? In the story above, the sentry fully understood his responsibilities, but he was being sorely tested by a man of powerful rank and importance.

As far as the Sentry was concerned, he only had one authority - the authority of the person who gave him his orders. No one else was sufficiently important or powerful enough to override those instructions

I. There are times when people get worried about who is in charge in the Church
In some churches, the people in charge are those with positions of authority
Whether it is the Pope
Or a church hierarchy
Or church councils that have met down thru the ages to determine doctrine
Or Elders
Or Preachers
Or Church Boards
There always seems to be someone who ends up saying ''I'm in charge here!''

In other churches, the people with authority are the ones who have had ''experiences'' that intimate they have a special relationship with God
They'll say things like ''God told me to do this or that'' (a couple weeks ago I encountered a man who used that very phrase several times ...

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