Indianola Heights Evangelical Free Church
of Des Moines, Iowa
Periodically a book, magazine article, or website will come out with a list ranking the
greatest men and women in history. And of course the problem with these types of
lists is that they are so subjective. How can you rank people? How do you
define greatness? How do you keep the author’s bias from seeping through?
But you can always count on a few familiar faces being near the top, including
Galileo, Isaac Newton, Napoleon, and Christopher Columbus. If someone traditionally
has “The Great” attached to their name, then there’s a good chance you’ll find them on
the list as well, such as Alexander the Great, Peter the Great, and Cyrus the Great.
But in the top ten of almost any list of great people you’ll find Jesus Christ.
He’s well worthy of the honor, of course. Our BC/AD calendar designations
are a salute to his influence. There are an estimated 2 billion people in the
world who identify with him as “Christians.” The book containing his life teachings
has sold more copies than any other in history.
But what makes Jesus so “great”?
Is it his sheer influence? His moral example? His revolutionary teachings?
From the New Testament’s perspective, putting Jesus anywhere on a list among men –
even at the top – doesn't do him justice. In Scripture he’s put forth as The One.
He’s The One who holds the world together. He’s The One who gives us purpose.
He’s The One who makes all things new. For the Christian believer he is The
One, and there is no other. But most people never really consider how our
understanding of Jesus as The One will inevitably have an overwhelming influence on the
different aspects of our lives. This concept was surely not lost to the apostle Paul,
and he wrote a letter to the ancient church in Colossae to shore up their shaky perception
of Jesus. Do you want to know Jesus? Do you want to know why he matters?
Do you want to understand why some peculiar people devote their entire lives to
pleasing someone who walked the earth 2,000 years ago, and why they dramatically alter
their lives in conformity to his? Has anyone changed your life like that? Please
join us this summer for our next sermon series entitled “The One,” and watch as the apostle
Paul paints his portrait of Jesus in his epistle to the Colossians.
Sunday's Message - 7/27/2014
The One Who Gives Us Purpose
"The One" Series
Passage: Colossians 1:23b-2:5
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School will be held June 22 - June 26, 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Please register!
Nursery services are available for newborns - 2 year olds
- » Worship service
Sunday - 10:00 am
- » Bible classes for all ages
Sunday - 8:45 am
- » Mid-week activities
Wednesday - 7:00 pm
Two miles south of downtown Des Moines at Indianola Ave and SE 9th: