Then, to be honest, I sort of fell into hosting. I had been on a couple of shows with a good friend, Rice Broocks, and he suggested I host. The next thing you know, the folks here at the Nashville studio asked me, and I was.
To be transparent, I've never received more feedback on anything I've done. I've been told by hundreds of people that they've seen and appreciated the show. I believe one of our shows was in the top 1% of number of viewers online in 2013.
Since the network is so widely seen around the world (180 countries, hundreds of thousands of viewers), lots of people see the show. I've received comments from around the world and even a kind blog mention over at The Gospel Coalition.
But, needless to say, I've received lots of complaints—and more than my normal share of blog critiques.
Well, since a number of you have asked, I will explain it this way: I'm glad I did it, think we made great shows that made much of Jesus, but I won't be doing it anymore.
No, it's not because anyone complained. It's because TBN decided to go a different direction after our last show, and then we canceled the shows we had in planning.
I'm thankful for the invitation to host the shows I did. I'm glad I was able to meet with the TBN leadership and am praying for them as they look to the future.
Here is the first show. It included:
Derwin Gray—his testimony and talked about what eternal life in Jesus really means now
Matt Carter—his cancer scare and being compelled to be on mission. He also prayed for the sick
Beth Moore—her testimony and how God held her together through hard times
The second show included:
Jefferson Bethke—the difference between being religious and knowing Jesus.
Priscilla Shirer—her back story and how we are modern-day Gideons, overwhelmed in life, but daily relying on God's strength
Matt Chandler—his cancer scare and clear gospel presentation. He also prayed for the sick.
The third and final show included:
Eric Mason—authentic manhood and clear gospel presentation
Kyle Idleman—having a defining, awakening moment with God and his TBN-related productions
Shaunti Feldhahn—real marriage statistics and advice for hurting couples
In the last show, we built a theme around the supremacy of Christ—how everything is about Jesus. You will see it if you watch the episode above.
At the end of the final show, I shared a brief message on the supremacy of Christ. I'm glad I ended there—it defines what I am about about I hope it encouraged many.
Here are my notes:
The Supremacy of Christ
"He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything" (Colossians 1:17-18).
"He is before all things,
and by Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body,
He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead,
so that He might come to have first place in everything"
Creation and redemption. Jesus is creator and redeemer.1. Jesus Was First and before All Else. - v.17a
"He is before all things" (Colossians 1:17a).
Some say, "I'm into God, but not into Jesus. All that dying on the cross stuff is not what I am about—just be good others, pray to God, and that's it."
But, don't miss who Jesus is.
"'Your father Abraham was overjoyed that he would see My day; he saw it and rejoiced.' The Jews replied, 'You aren't 50 years old yet, and You've seen Abraham?' Jesus said to them, 'I assure you: Before Abraham was, I am'" (John 8:56-58).
That's not bad grammar.
You know what they did here—they wanted to kill him. He was claiming to exist before Abraham.
Jesus is the "firstborn" in the sense that he is the inheritor of everything. Jesus is the leader of his household.
Remember that in the OT, the firstborn was the one who inherited all the family's possessions and was responsible for leading and taking care of the family. It was a place of honor. This is what v.15 means. And that is why in v. 17 Paul further explains and tells us that Jesus was before all things.
Jesus is the perfect pattern for manhood as Eric has preached for us tonight.
Jesus is the perfect man and He has come to give us His perfect life and restore us to the people we were created to be.
"So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female" (Genesis 1:27).2. Jesus Holds it All Together- v.17b
"and by Him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17b).
Jesus is not just the creator and originator of everything. He is also actively involved in the world that He created.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus upholds all things by His powerful word.
"The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3).
The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus hold everything together by His powerful word. And notice, He's not working hard to sustain everything; He's sitting down. He's so powerful, that it is not hard for Him to hold everything together.Jesus is the glue holding not just the universe together, but our individual lives as well.
We can make something and then not interact with it, but Jesus doesn't do that.
The world is broken. It is so because of sin. Yet, Jesus still holds it all together. And, the best thing we can do until he fixes it all is to acknowledge his power and allow him to hold us together.
And as Shaunti Feldhahn was talking about our marriages, I was reminded that Jesus is the glue for our marriages as well. Marriage is hard for everyone. And the only way that you'll have the power to let your marriage glorify Jesus is if you realize you don't have the power to make your marriage without Jesus.
Why is this? Because the whole purpose of marriage is to give us a picture of Jesus.
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church" (Ephesians 5:31-32).3. Jesus is the Beginning of the New Creation - v.18b
"He is also the head of the body, the church, the firstborn from the dead" (Colossians 1:18).
He is the head of the church. You want to be sure you go to a church that is all about Jesus, not all about a man.
This show is not your church… and you need to be in one.
"Jesus is the firstborn from the dead."
What does this little phrase mean? What does it mean that Jesus is the firstborn from the dead? It can't mean that Jesus is the first person to die and come back to life again because Lazarus was dead and came back to life.
But Jesus is in a unique way the "firstborn from the dead." What does this mean?
Jesus is the first man who had died and risen again with a new resurrected body. One day, when Jesus comes again, we will all receive our resurrected bodies. This mortal flesh will put on immortality, heaven will come to earth, and evil and sin will be done away with. You and I will inherit a renewed earth free from the contamination of sin and death.We can be accepted because of what Jesus has done in our place.
And here is the ultimate "AHA moment" that Kyle Idleman talked about. Everything is about Jesus, and as leader of the author of a new creation, the firstborn from the dead, He has done everything for us to be able to spend that eternity with Him.
We're tempted to believe that God will accept us based on what we've done or based on what we haven't done. Either he'll accept us because of what we've done, "Hey look at my good track record Jesus." Or he'll accept us because of what we haven't done, "Hey Jesus look how much better I am than him." But the ultimate AHA moment is that we can be accepted because of what Jesus has done in our place.
"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1).
We can approach Jesus with boldness because of the cross. We don't have to approach Him with our good deeds (they're not good enough) and we don't have to approach Him trying to muster up enough shame (He doesn't love us based on our "feeling" enough shame).
God loves us because of Jesus.4. He Will—and Must Have—First Place.- v.18c
"so that He might come to have first place in everything" (Colossians 1:18c)
Because all these things are true, Jesus should have first place in every part of our lives.Jesus is not a good person or a good idea. He is Lord.
Jesus is not just a good person or a good idea. He is Lord. As Lord, he will have first place. We can put Him in first place now.
First place in our manhood or womanhood. First place in our marriage. First place in our lives.
The Bible says that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. So, everyone will one day—why not avoid the rush and do it now!
First place does not mean that once we've given Jesus some of our time, that then we can move onto to everything else. It means that Jesus is the common element in everything we do.
"And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Colossians 3:17).
Can I invite you to surrender to Christ?
Not turn over a new leaf, but receive new life.
He is enough.
Be sure to watch the shows... I think they are worth your time!