by Jerry Vines

Matthew 16: 17-18
And Jesus answered and said unto him, blessed art thou Simon Barjona;
for flesh and blood hath not revealed it into me, but my Father which is in
heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I
will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
I want us for a few weeks to spend some time talking about what the
church is and the church is intended to do. As you read your New Testament
you will discover that most of the things which are written there are addressed
to groups of people know as churches. You read about the church at Rome and the
letter to the church at Philippi and these kinds of words are used to the
churches. Now in our world today we use the same kind of terminology. You
have come today to what is called West Rome Baptist Church and I have for the
past 512 years been pastor of a group known as Dauphin Way Baptist church and we
use the same terminology today that we find in the New Testament. But the
question is what is the church. What is the purpose of the church, how do we
define a church. There is a great deal of confusion today about the subject
of what a church is. I heard about a old fellow who was standing on a street
corner one day with a rope in his hand. Somebody came up to him and said what's
the matter old fellow, he said I'm confused. He said I can't figure out if I
have lost a mule or found a rope. Well, there are lots of folks who are confused
about the church. They don't know what the church is and a lot of people don't
know what the function of the church is. A lot of people have some preconceived
notions about what a church is supposed to do but many people don't know what the
purpose and the function of a church is.
It is kinda like I heard about the meeting where the deacons recommended that
the church buy a chandelier one of the old brethren got up and said now brethren
I'm apposed to buying a chandelier for th ...

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