KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:18-19 ” And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
The Lord Jesus said in our key scripture that, He would build His church. The church is owned by the Lord. It is His very temple and body as well. 1st Corinthians 3:16, 1st Corinthians 12:27)
No one must claim any particular congregation is His. Some general overseers speak and say this church or congregation is mine. Please, no one must claim ownership of any church.. Jesus is the sole owner of every Christian organization. All leaders are stewards of His church. Everybody would give an account to Him at that great judgement day. 2nd Corinth. 5:10
Jesus is the builder and the founder of the church. He gave birth to the church after His death and resurrection. (John 20:22–23).He is the teacher of His church. Jesus said in Matthew 4:19 that “…follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. The Lord clearly reveals the task and one main function of the church. It is to be fishers of men. Setting men free from the clutches of sin and satanic bondage. The Lord says we must follow him. The Lord is described as the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews.12:2).
The Lord Jesus is the life of the church. (Galatians. 2:20, Col. 3:4). The church or Christians are physical representatives of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 9:4). The Christian is also one with the Spirit of Jesus (1st Corinthians 6:17). The church in actual fact is Christ who has built himself into us. The Bible says this is a mystery. Col.1:27 put it this way “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”.
When the Lord declared that he would build His church, in actual fact He was going to build His very nature, life, power, glory into the church. The church is a mighty force on the earth. The Lord also shows this building process in Ephesians. 4:11-13. Ephesians. 4:13 shows the Lord’s vision for the church and it is “Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”.
Jesus has made us like himself and seeks for us to measure to the full stature of Jesus Christ Himself. No Christian organization must project any other person except our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus is the builder of His church. He is the life and the author finisher of the faith of the church.
Ephesians 4:11-12 ” And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.