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Jesus is a great builder! He declared in Matthew 16:18 that He would build His Church. Please turn in your copy of God’s Word and stand in honor of the reading of the Word of God. READ verses 13-18.
Let’s learn how Jesus will build His Church. What tools will He use? What resources will He access? (slide 2)
I. My Church
In verse 18 twice in this phrase Jesus uses personal pronouns - “I and My” to emphasize that the Church is something very personal to Him. It is personal to Him because the Church is His Bride. It is also described as the body of which He is head of it. Jesus started the Church. Jesus loves His Church and anyone who loves Jesus will love His Church as well.
(slide 3 point 1)
B. What is the Church?
It is in this text that Jesus uses for the first time the word “church” in relation to His ministry. The Greek word used to for “church” is a word that means “the called out ones”. People who are Christians are called out of the darkness of sin into the marvelous light of Jesus and His salvation.
Some people are confused about the church and think it is something that it is not. Sometimes it is easier to understand what something is by understanding what it is not. The church of Jesus Christ is not: (slide 3 point 2)
1. It is not an institution.
Some people think of the church much like they do a college or hospital institution. They see a brick and mortar building and think that is a church. The Church of Jesus Christ is the people who profess their faith in Jesus. We are the local body of believers known as Heritage Hills Baptist Church. The church is the people and not the building. We are very blessed to have the building and facilities we have to do the ministry God has called us to do, but even if we didn’t have these facilities, we would still be a church wherever we met.
(slide 3 point 3)
2. It is not a social club.
The church is not a social club. I have met a few people over the years who viewed the church much like it was a social club. The church is not for the purpose of partying or making business contacts. Although a church is not a social club, we are to have fellowship with one another. It is through the relationships and friendships we build at church that we find encouragement and help in a time of trouble. As a church we depend on Sunday School classes and small groups to help meet each other’s needs. True Christian fellowship is called “koinonia”. We must get beyond the surface level of relations and get to this higher level of trust and deeper level of love for one another. If all you are doing is coming to the this morning worship service, then I urge you to get into a SS class and take your faith to the next level.
(slide 3 point 4)
3. It is not a civic organization.
I have been part of some civic organizations and many of them do a great job helping with building homes, organizing sports for children or helping people in need.
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