KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:18-19 (KJV) 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 above verses are very significant. It states certain major facts about the church of God. These facts are as follows.
1 The builder and owner of the church. Our Lord Jesus is the builder and owner of the church. “I will build my church. No man owns the church, but Jesus alone, the building of the church is done through us, when we win men and raise them by teaching them. Matthew 28:19,20.
2. The foundation upon which the church stands. Jesus is that foundation. He said, you are Peter, which is Petros in Greek, and it means a little rock. He added, upon this rock, which is Petra, meaning a large rock. This large rock is Himself. “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”— 1 Corinthians 3:11 (KJV).
3.The warfare of the church, the enemies of the church, and the verdict of the outcome this warfare. The church is in a warfare. The host of hell are our enemies. The church is declared the ultimate winner. Our assault against the host of hell is mainly to set men and women free from the power of sin and eternal death. Satan’s attack on the church is to weaken or stop Christians from being effective in saving the lost. He may use all means, like lack, sicknesses, demonic harassment, and many more, yet all is to stop you from winning the lost.
4.The building blocks are humans. These are the small rocks, Petros in Greek. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” — 1 Peter 2:5 (KJV). We have to win more people for a greater house or temple to be built by our Lord. This is the reason evangelism and establishing the souls is very important.
5. The authority of the church is of heaven. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. This authority has already been given to the church when Jesus resurrected and gave that authority to the church. Matt 28:18
6.Our sphere of the authority. Whatever we bind is bound in heaven. Whatever we loose is also loose in heaven.
I am a member of the church of God, called out of the world to be holy unto God my father. I commit my life to setting men and women free from sin and death.
Ephesians 4:16 (KJV). “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
1 Corinthians 12:12 (KJV). “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”