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The Founder of the Church (1 of 8)
Series: Back to the Basics
This morning is exciting for me. I am going to begin a brand new series of messages called "Back To The Basics." And today we are going to talk about "The Founder of the Church". You talk about going back to the basics; we are going back to the foundation. And the foundation is the basics of any type of building. The foundation is the most important part of any kind of construction. If the foundation is not right, then the building will never be right. A building is only as good as its foundation.
And the reason the church is great is because it is built on a great foundation. Now some people say today that the church is going out. Well, I agree with them. The church is going out. In fact we have been called out by Jesus, we have been sent out by Jesus and pretty soon He is coming to take us out. We are going out but not in the way some people think.
And there are other people who say, well the church is no longer relevant. And they say the church is going down, but I want to tell you, the church is not going down, the church is going up. Jesus is coming one day soon. And He is going to call us up to be with Him. And we look forward to that day, but until then we need to understand that basics of what we are about.
In Matthew 16:13 we have our text today. And the occasion is Jesus with His disciples at Caesarea Philippi. Caesarea Philippi was a place most beautiful in the northern part of Israel. In that place the Canaanites had established a place of worship for their gods. They had erected great idols and great statues in this place. This place was backed up by a magnificent cliff, a magnificent strata of rock, solid rock. And Jesus is standing before that solid rock, that cliff of rocks, that towering structure of rock and when He asks this question to the disciples, He sets up a test for Simon Peter.
Matthew 16:13-19 (KJV) "Whe ...
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