Matthew 16:18 …on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The word “Church”, in the New Testament is the translation of the Greek word “ecclesia”. This word simply means “assembly”. There is no clear instance of its being used for a place of meeting or of worship. When Jesus said that he was going to build his church he was certainly not talking about a building! He was also not talking about an organization or a structure of any sort.
Just before this statement, Jesus asked his disciples who they thought he was. Peter (whose name translates, “a small, easily movable rock”) answered, “You are the Christ, son of the living God”. Jesus then said that flesh and blood did not reveal this to him, but our father in heaven revealed it to him, and on this (large, unmovable) rock I will build my church. The Church at its foundation is people who, like Peter, have the revelation that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God! This coming Sunday, as we assemble together, keep in mind that we are not having church, we ARE the church!
Join us on May 24th as we begin our our new sermon series “…And Here’s The Real Church”.