by Terry J. Hallock

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Patient Powerful Witnesses (1 of 5)The Church: What We Were Meant to Be
Terry J. Hallock
Matthew 16:13-19; Acts 1:1-14, 2:1-4
December 19, 1999

This morning I begin a preaching series entitled, "The Church: What We Were Meant To Be". Its scriptural foundation will rest almost exclusively in the Book of Acts -- Jesus' blueprint for building His Church and our training manual for being His Church.

Which brings me to the first and fundamental point I need to make as we begin this adventure of discovering who we were meant to be as the church and how we were meant to do church: WE ARE JESUS' CHURCH!

We aren't "my" church or "your" church. We aren't this culture's church or any political system's church. We aren't even the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches' church. We're Jesus' Church. Matthew 16:13-19 makes that crystal clear.

"When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of Man is?' They replied, 'Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' 'But what about you?' he asked. 'Who do you say I am?' Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Christ the Son of the living God.' Jesus replied, '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. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.'"

"On this rock I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH." Jesus is the architect of the Church, the builder of the Church, and the owner of the Church. Our name may be on the state corporation papers, but Jesus' name is on Heaven's ownership papers. Human hands lovingly nailed boards together to make this meeting house, but Jesus allowed nails to be driven into His hands to make ...

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