The Church That Jesus Built
Mat 16:18 "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.
Jesus promised he would build his church. He accomplished this in the 1st century. We see its beginning on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Since then, people have created and developed many other churches to their own liking. But the church Jesus built is the church we need to seek today. Why? Because it is the church we read about in our Bibles. It is the church that belongs to Christ, described as the body of Christ. It was built on the truth that Peter confessed – that Jesus is the Son of God. It was purchased with the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28)
Jesus is the Head of His Church
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
The church is the body of Christ, and Jesus is the head of his body. No person, council, or board can be head over the church of Jesus Christ.
The Work of the Church
1Ti 3:15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.
People tend to do whatever they like with the churches they've created. Jesus' church however, engages in the work his word has assigned it. This includes evangelism, worship, edification, and meeting the needs of its members (Acts 9:31 Romans 15:26, Eph 3:10).
Jesus Only Has One Church
Eph 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
Eph 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
There is only one church belonging to Christ. It is manifest in many congregations around the world but there is only one body of Christ overall in terms of identify, doctrine, and practice.
The Church is Important
Eph 3:21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.
Many see the church as an earthly entity for earthly purposes. Some see it as secondary to Christianity or even unnecessary. The Bible, however, shows us that Christ's church is of heaven and has a spiritual and eternal purpose.
The Name of The Church
Rom 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
The name of the church is not an official title, rather, it is a description of a relationship between Christ and his church. It describes the church belonging to Christ. The church is referred to in a number of ways in the New Testament.
Becoming a Member and Living as a Member of The Lord's Church
Act 2:41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Act 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.