There is Nothing Like the Church! (Matthew 16:13-20)Dennis R. Wiles, June 3, 2012
Part of the Deepening Our Roots series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Dennis R. Wiles
June 3, 2012
There is Nothing Like the Church!
We believe the CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST ON EARTH TODAY! Jesus established the church and it exists to perform God’s will on earth. Believers are to invest themselves in the life and work of the church.
FASTING AND PRAYER FOCUS
FOCAL PASSAGE: 1 Peter 2:4-10
FASTING AND PRAYER GUIDE: This passage offers both Old Covenant and New Covenant imagery to assist you in understanding God’s role for His people. Notice the various images—stones, buildings, priesthood, etc. Take the time to reflect upon these rich images. How does this passage enrich your knowledge of the role of the church? How is God using you in fulfilling His intentions? How can you be more effectively involved in the church? How can you be more supportive of the church?
Text: Matthew 16:13-20
FOUNDATION: The foundation of the church is Jesus Christ Himself.
FAITH: The confession of the church is faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
FUTURE: The future of the church is certain because of Jesus Christ.
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. (ESV)