Jesus instituted and organized the church. It was and is to be the vehicle through which He manifests Himself. With all it's weaknesses, inabilities and frailties it is still the best means of declaring Him the redeeming Lord! Notice four important factors about the church:
- Its Foundation (Upon this rock)
Jesus said, "Its structure will be rock solid." Its foundation stable, durable and one that will never crumble. No crumbling sand here! The security of a God who is everlasting is evident in this foundation.
- Its Formation (I will build)
The Apostle had it right when he said, "I planted, Apollos watered, but God giveth the increase." We can't do it alone. We are but instruments in this enterprise.
- Its Fellowship (My Church)
The greatest privilege we have is to know the Lord. To know Him in the joy of sins forgiven and heart cleansing. It was recognized early that the disciples had been with Jesus. Can people tell we've been with Him?
- Its Future (The gates of hell shall not prevail)
The future of the church is bright. We are going to come out on top. The forces of darkness are inadequate to overthrow us. The powers of evil are no match for "blood washed" saints calling on Heavens resources. Soon the church militant will become the church triumphant. I am truly glad to belong to the church!
Scripture: "......and upon this rock I will build my church; and
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matt. 16:18
Rev. W. Scott Lockard
©2003 Pastor Lockard's Living on the Bright side Ministries