The Business of the Church
Terry J. Hallock
Matthew 16:17-18, 22:37-40, 25:40, 28: 18-20; Colossians 1:18; I Corinthians 3:10-15, 6:19-20; John 15:12-13; II Corinthians 9:6-10
February 17, 2002
Delivered at the Annual Meeting of Wataga Congregational Church
On this day when we gather in annual meeting to do the business of the Church it is appropriate that we ask the Lord to remind us just what that business is. His Word makes this truth crystal clear. THE BUSINESS OF THE CHURCH IS JESUS AND JESUS ALONE!
The business of the Church is Jesus because He built it, bought, and owns it outright. In Matthew 16:17-18, following Peter's public confession that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus makes this clear declaration. "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."
When Henry Ford began The Ford Motor Company no one disputed that he owned the company. He built it. When his great-grandson recently decided to fire the current president of the company and place himself in charge no one challenged his right to do so. He owns the majority shares of stock and can do with his business what he chooses.
Jesus built the Church. It's His business! Therefore Colossians 1:18 says, "And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy."
Not only is Jesus the owner of the Church because He built it, He is the owner of the Church because of who the Church is. Notice I said "who" the Church is, not "what". The Church is not a "what". It is a "who". The Church are those people called out of the world and put under the authority of Jesus. The very meaning of the Greek word "ekklesia" from which we get our English word "church" is "that which is called out". If yo ...
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