The Gates Of Hell Will Not Prevail (PART 3 Of 3) by Tony Nester

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The Church Jesus Envisioned: Part 3 of 3
Pastor Tony R. Nester
Trinity United Methodist Church, Waverly, Iowa
Matthew 16:18

Jesus had a vision for his church. Just before he made
the decision to go to Jerusalem where he would be
crucified he shared that vision with his disciples.
This story is told in the 16th Chapter of the Gospel
of Matthew, verses 13-20.

The church that Jesus envisioned is a church that
Jesus builds on faith in him. Peter said: "Jesus, you
are the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the Living
God." And Jesus said, "You are living up to your name,
Rock-man. On this rock I will build my church."

The church that Jesus envisioned is a church that
undergoes a building process designed by Jesus, the
Master Builder. I will build my church. It's his
church built according to his plan. That plan has a
special place for gifted and called leaders who help
the church become more like Jesus.

Today we focus on a third part Jesus' vision for his
church. Jesus saw his church entering into a battle.
He spoke of a spiritual warfare. He knew that the
church would come under attack. And he promised that
his church would win this fight. Jesus envisioned a
prevailing church.

Find the first Scripture on the insert page. It's
Matthew 16:18. Let's read it together:

"And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I
will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not
prevail against it."

Jesus knew his church was in for a fight.

The truth is, however, that the church is often
fighting the wrong fight. I wanted mention a few of
them so we can avoid wasting our energy on them.

Our fight isn't against science. Since Waverly is home
to Wartburg College I doubt I need to say much about
this fight. Christian need not fear any knowledge that
God enables the human mind to discover. Our fight is
not with science but with scientific materialism - a
belief sy ...

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