Summary: The Sermon assures of victory over the forces of evil.
In our text, Jesus used the terms gates and hell to refer to the powers of evil forces and the physical death. Jesus taught his followers that they were to confront the gates of hell. Christ spoke these words in Caesarea Phillippi, a pagan city that was filled with moral corruption. History reveals that there was a cave entrance that stood near Caesarea wherein spring water flowed. The pagans naturally thought of this cave as a door to the underworld. As Jesus challenged his disciples to confront the "gates of hell." He possibly stood near this familiar cave, a physical picture of the gates of hell. Caesarea was represented by the worst evils of culture; it was filled with idols, shrines and immoral worship. Today Jesus is calling the church to tear down the gates of hell in modern day Caesarea. We are God’s mighty army sent out to wage war against the strong-holds of evil. We are called to attack hell, by breaking down its gates. We are assured of the victory through Christ Jesus our Lord. We must approach this battle with a victorious mind. God had not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. Paul says, that our warfare are not carnal, but might through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and evry high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. Today is Operation Tear down. We are on hell alert. We must liberate the weak Christians and the lost sinners from the gates of hell. We are living in a day, when hell is trying to barred the church from reaching the lost. Jesus says in the text, I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Gate are offensive weapons. A city never carried its gates into battles. Gates are instruments of defense. They are erected to withstand the assaults of the attacker. It is evident from the text, First that Satan is on the defense. He is like the citizens of Jericho cringing behind their walls, dreading the attack of God’s people. Secondly, the text teaches us that the church is to be on the attack. God is calling the Church in this 21st century to confidently take the battle to every place where we see the gates of hell erected. We must storm the gates of drug addiction and violence that is destroying our land. We must storm the feeble gates of false doctrine that is crippling the mind of God’s people. We must assault the gates of discord that is separating the church of God. We must snatch up the gates of monetary income and replace them with the sinners outcome. We must replace the gates of world relevance with the gates of bible revelation. God is calling us today to saw down the gates of structure and replace them with the hammer of scripture. We must replace the gates of programs with the walls of prayer. The golden cash gates must be torn assunder and replace with consecration fences. It is important that we realize that God’s saints are the only winning saints. No Satanic blockade can withstand the power of God. The word church is derived from the Greek word (Ekklesia). It is a compound word taken from Kaleo(to call or summon) and ek (out from). Therefore the church is an assembly of the call out ones. But the mystery is that we are called out, to come together and only to be sent back out to storms the gates of hell. In the bible the church is referred to in many ways. It is called a body to represent its unity. It is called a temple to represent its structure. It is called a mystery to symbolize the supernatural. It is called a bride to convey the relational. But above all, the