by Jeff Strite

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Who Is In Charge Here (3 of 5)
Series: Meeting Jesus
Jeff Strite
Colossians 1:10-20

OPEN: In August 1994, a Korean Air jet skidded across a rain soaked runway and rammed a safety barricade while landing in Cheju, Korea. All 160 passengers escaped safely just moments before the plane exploded into flames.

What was the cause of the accident?

According to news reports, the pilot and the co-pilot had gotten into a fist fight over who was in charge of the landing controls.

APPLY: Who was in charge of those landing controls???? I'd have thought that would have been covered in the flight manual!!!

But the main thing that we see in this story is that NOBODY knew who was in charge and the confusion that followed resulted in absolute chaos and destruction

I. (pondering) Who is in charge?
That's an important question to answer in almost every situation because when we don't know who's in charge there can be confusion and frustration.

For Example who should be in charge in the church???

The Bible very clearly tells us that Look again with me at Colossians 1:16-18
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Now every church has a structure to it. Whether it's the Anglican church, or the Presbyterian, or ours, every congregation has people who are designated to run the day to day affairs.

In Scripture, we find that the early church had:

1. Elders or Presbyters or Bishops - also called Shepherds of Pastors
2. Preachers or evangelists (like me)
3. Deacons
4. Teachers
5. And all kinds of ministries within the church.

But someone might say:
''That's all very nice but who's IN CHARG ...

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