At Caesarea Philippi, Yeshua told His disciples that He would build His Church.
There are at least three very important thoughts emanating from that statement. First, Jesus is the builder of the His Church. Disciples yielded to the Holy Spirit’s leading, empowerment, and direction is the tool that Messiah Jesus uses in that endeavor. Next, the Church belongs to Jesus. It is His. It does not belong to anyone else. It is just one Church intended by the One building it to present one unified witness to the world. Finally, there was no mistaking what Jesus said with the words “I will build my Church.” He didn’t say the Church had been or was in the process of being built. Jesus declared that the building of His Church was a future event. It had not happened yet. The building of Jesus’s Church was undeniably a future certainty! Learn to teach this story with clarity to the disciples God has entrusted to your care and you can be certain that you are being used by the Lord to build His Church.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Main Story Points
1. For 40 days after His resurrection, Yeshua appeared to His followers to remind them of all that the Hebrew Scriptures, the Tanak, said about His first coming as Immanuel.
2. Quote: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
3. After Jesus’ ascension, the disciples waited in Jerusalem as He had instructed them.
4. Jesus’s disciples waited ten days in Jerusalem for the Comforter to be sent by the Father. This was a total of 50 days after Yeshua’s resurrection. Jews from all over the Diaspora were in the city for the festival of Shavuot which commemorates the giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai. This was a joyous celebration! In most of the Church, this holiday is known as Pentecost.
5. In the morning, when Jews from around the world were gathered on the Temple Mount, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles who were attending the celebration. Accompanied by rushing wind and the appearance of tongues of fire resting on each one of the Apostles, they supernaturally began to speak the languages of the attendees.
6. The Apostles were accused of drunkenness, but Peter denied it with a reference from the book of Joel.
7. Peter’s authoritative message explained God’s offer of salvation.
8. By the end of the day, 3,000 believed in Jesus and were baptized.
9. For 2,000 years, Jesus’s disciples have been proclaiming the same message His first disciples did wherever they go, to whoever will listen. We have all been looking forwards to the day when…
10. Quote: “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”
Points To Ponder
1. Compare and contrast the purpose of God in confusing the people at Babel by giving them different languages and in giving the Apostles the ability to speak in different languages at Pentecost.
2. All of the prophecies of Yeshua’s first coming were fulfilled literally. What conclusion should we come to concerning the way the prophecies surrounding His second coming will be fulfilled?
3. Your own personal testimony is a very powerful story for winning the unsaved to belief in Jesus. Be ready to share it in three to five minutes.