This message was part of the ‘Money, Sex and Power’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in early 2018. The full series included the following sermons:
- Money, Sex and Power: Giving (by Josh DiFabio)
- Money, Sex and Power: Simplicity (by Emily Williams)
- Money, Sex and Power: The Battle for Purity (by Dave Williams)
- Money, Sex and Power: The Song of Songs (by Dave Williams)
- Money, Sex and Power: The Spirit and The Word (by Andy Wisdom)
- Money, Sex and Power: Influence (by Emily Williams)
- Money, Sex and Power: Honouring God in Dating (by Dave Williams)
This sermon was based on Colossians 1:15-20.
The Preeminence of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Jesus is the Source, Sustainer and Saviour
- We are all stewards of power and the church is a large community of power when we ask for God’s heart and passion. Follow Jesus with new and open eyes. He is the source of our passion to help this world.
- Jesus is also the sustainer of the world: “in him all things hold together”. We are called to get alongside Jesus in looking after the environment as our current shear demand on the world’s resources is making the planet unable to sustain us.
- God sent Jesus as the Saviour for the world through whom all things are reconciled. He heals all broken relationships that we have with God, with each other and with the planet. And there is no distinction between caring for the poor and caring for the planet as our choices affect those who are poorest across the world.
What Can We Do?
- We need to be aware of how we spend our money. We are Christ’s ambassadors who show mercy to the world. Small choices in our lives can make a big difference. Is the church lagging behind the rest of culture?
- Perhaps we don’t buy food covered in loads of plastic to reduce waste, buy fairtrade foods, own a keep cup or flask, eat less meat, know where your clothes are made, pray for the world, celebrate God’s creation and what He has provided us, serve others, seek volunteering opportunities .
- God can do abundantly more than we can imagine but He is setting us a challenge to care for the world and the people around us.