Kingdom Building

Sunday Service –  06 February 2022

Matthews 16:13-21
13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18And 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. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 20Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. 21From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

BASIC QUALITIES
Strong, Healthy

Congregations

Weak, Declining

Congregations

Dying

Congregations

Live in the grace of God Sometimes know the grace of God Occasionally sense the grace of God
Build on their strengths; then, tackle any weakness Focus on their weaknesses; then, address their strengths focus on their weaknesses
compassion, community, hope; then, challenge, reasonability, commitment challenge, reasonability, commitment; then, some compassion, community, hope challenge, reasonability, commitment
excellent sprinter possibilities; some solid marathon runner possibilities solid marathon runner possibilities; a few excellent sprinter possibilities solid marathon runner possibilities
act swiftly act slowly study again

The church is the people of God!

The Church Defined…

  1. Ekklesia ~ A gathering, an assembly  Ac 19:32,39,41
  2. Church universal ~ the entire assembly of all who are saved  Ep 1:22-23; He 12:22-23
  3. Church local ~ a company of Christians in one area working together  Ro 16:16; 1Co 1:2
  4. Church meeting ~ an assembly of Christians gathered for worship  1Co 14:19,28,35

The church is precious to Christ!

The Church Described…

  1. Christ head over all things to the church  Ep 1:22
  2. The church is His body  Ep 1:23; Col 1:18
  3. It is the temple of God  Ep 2:19-22; 1Co 3:16-17
  4. It is part of God’s eternal plan  Ep 3:10-11
  5. Christ is its Savior, loves & nourishes it  Ep 5:23,25-27

Who the owner

  • Builder is his building only Jesus could build a bridge from earth to heaven
  • Owner my church
  • Architect
  • Vicarious

You can be just a Christian!

The Church And You…

  1. Obey the pure gospel of Christ  Ac 2:38-41
  2. The Lord will add you to His church  Ac 2:47
  3. Become a disciple of Jesus Christ  Mt 28:18-20
  4. Locate a local church of Christ  Ac 2:42; 20:7; He 10:25
  5. Be simply a Christian, honor Christ!  Ac 11:26; 1Pe 4:16
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