What’s the first thing you do everyday? Do you stretch? Do you have to find your eye glasses? What about brush your teeth? Do you do that before or after your morning shower? Perhaps you’re a jogger and you have a routine prior to getting ready for work? No matter what your first is, life does feel a little weird when you are out of routine, doesn’t it?
I recall leaving for an important meeting not that long ago and as I got a few blocks away from my house I realized that I had left my phone. Oh, man! What was I going to do? I can’t be without my phone! Come on, I know I’m not the only person who feels that way, although, my wife will admit that I am a bit too attached to that device!
Anyway, I decided to be a man and forgo the phone. I arrive to my appointment on time and shared my humorous moment, to which the man I was meeting asked,
“Wow! And, you didn’t turn around?”
We all have our firsts, or better yet, those things in life we just can’t seem to function without. Coffee, exercise, jeans, handbags, watches, facebook, iPhones, sitcoms, alcohol, in-flight movies, espressos, treadmills, friends, and our pets generally top most people’s lists.
What about Jesus?
Where does He fit in? Is He the first in your life?
It’s not incredibly uncommon, but still rather unique, to experience a Cessna plane ride. For those of you not at all familiar with the world of aviation, a Cessna plane is a small single engine aircraft that is generally designed to fly no more than four people, although some do. My brother, Chris, was 16 when he started taking flight lessons. He took his classes at a leisurely pace, but eventually had built up considerable amount of time in the air. During his senior year in high school, he decided to focus his senior project on avaiation. He asked me (his video-editing savvy older brother) to edit together a short video of him flying and running through general flight procedure. It was during the production of that short video that I became informed on what a “pre-flight checklist” is. It’s a list that the flight crew checks and double checks prior to flight. In this case, it was a clipboard with items listed in sequential order for him to check off prior to jumping in the driver’s seat. I remember his instructor saying this list is more important than the keys!
If we were to stop for a moment and analyze our own lives, we’d probably find a pre-flight checklist. Some of us may have rather extensive ones, while others…well, we really only need love…and caffeine. But, again, I ask, where does Jesus come in? Is He at the top of the list, or the bottom? Is He even on the list?
When the Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the church at Colossi, he stated that in all things Jesus Christ should top the list.
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the
dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.” – Colossians 1:18
This study, however long it lasts, however long it takes, is designed to encourage exactly that: Christ being first.
At first we will discover Jesus Christ and His existence before His familiar “baby in a manger” days. More specifically, we will discuss the plurality of God in the book of Genesis and the involvement Jesus had in the creation of everything.
We will also discuss the predictions of the coming Messiah, as well as the importance of God’s name.
Up until this point we will be mostly involved in the Old Testament, but we will dive into the book of Colossians to discover the indisputable truths regarding Jesus Christ and His involvement and prominence.
The style of this study is intended to be relaxed and conversational. However, bringing a notebook and your favorite bible is strongly encouraged as we do plan on uncovering a lot of material.
6:30P Monday nights.
Starting April 23, 2012