by Stan Coffey

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The Foundation of the Church (2 of 6)
Series: The Church
Stan Coffey
Ephesians 2:19-20; II Peter 1:20-21

Today's message is entitled "The Foundation of the Church". Then next Sunday we will be talking about "The Fundamentals of the Church". I believe that all God does He does through the local church, through that body of believers who have banded together for the purpose of sharing Christ and the purpose of fellowship and ministry. So it is so important that you understand the importance of the church and the doctrine of the church and what the church is.

Ephesians 2:19-20 (KJV) "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;"

Notice that key phrase there – "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets". So Paul tells us here that the foundation of the church is the apostles and the prophets. What does he mean by that? Well, he means the apostles and prophets in the sense that God through them gave us the Holy Bible, the Word of God. Now let's turn and see that explained in II Peter 1. The Bible says that the church is built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets meaning the Bible, the Scripture, written by the Spirit of God through them.

II Peter 1:20-21 (KJV) "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

Holy men of God – they are the apostles and the prophets right there. All of us know that whenever a building is built that structure is only as good as the foundation upon which it stands. There have been occasions when beautiful and magnificent buildings have been built, some of them even towering skyscrapers, which later had to be reinforced and rebuil ...

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