Summary: Frist in a series of sermons on the Church that Christ’s has bulit. This one shows what the foundnation is.
THE CHURCH CHRIST IS BULIDING
1. WHEN YOU BUILD A BUILDING YOU HAVE TO BUILD IT ON SOMETHING, BUT ON WHAT?
A.MATTHEW 7:24 27
24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.
25 "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock.
26 "And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
27 "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall."
YOU BUILD UPON A ROCK. THE GREEK WORD HERE IS THE SAME WORD AS IS USED IN MATTHEW 16:18, PETRA; IS A LARGE MASS OF ROCK LIKE BED ROCK
B. MATTHEW 16:13 20
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He began asking His disciples, saying, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"
14 And they said, "Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."
15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. "
17 And Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
18 "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.
19 "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
PETER IS PETRO, A ROCK. PETRA; IS A LARGE MASS OF ROCK LIKE BED ROCK
C. WHAT OR WHO IS THE ROCK? IS JESUS THE ROCK?
a. Luke 20:17
17 But He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written, ’The stone which the builders rejected, This became the chief comer stone’?
b. EPHESIANS 2:19 22
19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,
20 having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the comer stone,
21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
THE APOSTLES AND THE PROPHETS TAUGHT WHAT? THAT JESUS WAS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD AND THAT IS THE FOUNDATION UPON WHICH THE CHURCH IS BUILT AND JESUS IS THE CORNER STONE OF THAT CHURCH. THE CORNER STONE IS VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT IS THE STONE ALL THE OTHER STONES ARE LAID TOO, IF IT IS NOT TRUE THEN ALL THE OTHERS WILL BE UNTRUE.
2. SO WHAT KIND OF CHURCH WOOD, BRICK, CONCRETE OR NONE OF THIS?
A. I Peter 2:4 10
4 And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God,
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.