Jesus said, “I will build my church”. We do not build the church Jesus builds the church. We do NOT build the church Jesus builds the church. Jesus said, “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven” this is our responsibility. So, what is it that Jesus that Jesus is building and what does it look like and will we recognise it?
First, we need to understand that the church is God’s only vehicle to usher in the Kingdom. This the rule and reign of God His government. It is God’s plan A and he does not have a plan B! The church is the incubator for life and growth and expresses the divine nature of God – what God is really like. The challenge is what do they see when they – the people when they look at the church. Church is made up of living stones (1 Peter 2: 5) not house bricks which are standard in size!
SO, WHAT IS GOD LIKE?
The tabernacle Jesus The Church
The church is not a building it is a community of redeemed people. Church is the Ecclesia the called out gathered ones who will be the catalyst for change. It is often said “I love God but I have problems with the church”. This is bad news and theologically unsound. Paul Said in Ephesians 5:25-30, “Just as Christ loves the church”.
The book of Acts constantly saying, “The church gathered together”. There is power when we gather as we corporately worship we make a sound that attracts heaven! Scripture says “Forsake not the gathering together and then adds especially in the last days”
Note: One person is a Christian; two or more is the church. We are known to be His disciples by our love for one another, which is the visible expression of the nature of God. Whether the church is citywide, rural, urban, rich or poor, free or persecuted it will always have visible characteristics.
These are: A place of acceptance A place for all ages A place for all ethnic groups A place of forgiveness A place of healing physically, mentally and emotionally A place of creative worship A place of expectancy A place that expresses family A place where people walk out their destiny A place of generosity and sharing
So, if the church is people, how does Jesus build it? Jesus said, “I will build my church”.
REDEMPTION The cross to restore the first order of creation Adam – then Jesus the second Adam.
EMPOWER Frail humanity empowered by His spirit; the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. (Acts 1:8)
The cross sets us free from the power of sin “It is finished” Jesus declared. We are not being changed from sinners into saints. We were sinners now saved by grace we are now being changed not from sinners into saints but one degree of glory to another. (2 Corinthians 3:18) So that we might be like Him.
1 John 2:1 - but IF anyone does sin notice not WHEN we do not live in the inevitability of sin.
Jesus is coming back for a glorious bride “not a clapped-out bunch of people”. Are we ready?