What Kind Of Church Does Jesus Want? by Ronnie Floyd

"WHAT KIND OF CHURCH DOES JESUS WANT?"
Matthew 16:13-20
INTRODUCTION:
What kind of church do you want? That is a very important
question, however, the kind of church we want is not near
as important as the kind of church Jesus wants.
We are the church!
I want to point to the Word of God. Let it serve as the
criterion to help us where we are and where we need to
go as a church. The next time someone says something
about your church I want you to ask yourself, "What kind
of church does Jesus want?" If that person's view or
opinions do not line up with the authority of the inerrant
Word of God - they are wrong! What kind of church does
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Theological and practical statements about the church.
In the sixteenth chapter of Matthew's gospel the Pharisees
had tested Jesus. They wanted a sign from heaven. He
spoke to that issue and headed for Caesarea Philippi. It
was here that verses 13-20 come alive in relation to the
kind of church Jesus wants.
I. JESUS WANTS HIS CHURCH TO PROFESS HIM AS THE
ONLY WAY TO SALVATION. (16:16)
PRxin:
Jesus was asking His disciples about what other people
said about Him. They told Him that some saw Him
as John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or other
prophets.
Jesus personalized the question and said, "who
do you say that I am?"
* PROFESSION:
"You are the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of
the Living God." (Deity in flesh)
Illustration:
Who do you say Jesus is today? Have you ever
professed your faith in Him publicly as your Savior?
Wir you today?
Application:
Jesus wants His church to profess Him as the only
way to eternal salvation. It goes even further than
that:
1. Profess:
Life, Words, Actions, Our All!
2. Purpose:
Our purpose is to profess Him as the only
way of salvation.
* The tragedy of universalism!
II. JESUS WANTS HIS CHURCH TO PERCEIVE SPIRITUAL
TRUTH. (16:17)
Explain:
You own ability you could not view me as the Messiah.
But God, the Father, revealed it to you.
Applicat ...


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