During the summer of 2013 I contributed to a sermon series on the mission statements of the college ministry at Beltway Park Church. (Encounter Jesus, Embrace the Church, Engage His Mission) I began the series with a sermon on encountering Jesus.
In Colossians, we encounter Jesus as the Lord of creation and Lord of redemption.
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. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And 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. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.