Chip Off The Old Block
I love Peter. “You are the Christ, the Son of the LIVING GOD! There was no ambiguity, no doubt. With complete confidence, Peter declared the eternal truth we must all come to grips with. Jesus is God with a “bod,” Immanuel, God with us. Peter’s rock solid (pun intended) confession was evidence of his own personal salvation. Peter was the only one who spoke up. Yeshua’s response affirmed Peter’s belief in the strongest of words. “You are Peter (little stone), and upon this rock (bedrock) I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”
Jesus said six things about this entity known today as the Church.
1. Jesus is the builder of the Church.
2. Jesus owns the Church.
3. The building of the Church was in the future.
3. Church growth is expected.
4. Church growth brings opposition/persecution.
5. The Church Jesus builds is unstoppable.
Beyond this, there is no record of Jesus personally saying anything more about the Church that He is building. What isn’t said speaks loudly.
The earliest Church saw no need for buildings, paid staff, sound and light systems, departments for children, youth and adults in varying stages of life. Don’t misunderstand. I love the Church. Jesus loves the Church. But, the local assemblies that identify themselves as a church need to look at themselves in the mirror. They need to see how they align with what little Jesus said about it so clearly. Is it possible that the absence of a clear definition of the Church by her Builder is by design?
Let’s have a conversation. Join a discussion on the question “What is Church?” This will be the first conversation hosted on our brand new website. Be brief, be specific, speak with love. Responses will be monitored.