"And 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."
(Matthew 16:18 KJV)
"Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,"
(1 Peter 2:7 KJV)
In Matthew 16:18, Jesus Christ announced to His apostles that He would build a Church. He would be the Cornerstone for this Church and His apostles would be the foundation. Peter was the first to state that Jesus was the Christ (Matthew 16:16 KJV) so he was well known in the early congregations. This did not mean he led the other apostles or had power over them, because they appear to be equals in authority in the Holy Bible.
Jesus Christ's Church was composed of a group of believers who had been redeemed to God by Jesus Christ. These redeemed believers congregated themselves into a Church that believed in Our Awesome God and the Trinity. The Church was quite different than the Old Testament Temple or Synagogue and was to be dominated by the commandment to "...love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34 KJV). These believers assembled the Holy Bible, written by Our Awesome God through different authors. They did not offer a blood sacrifice since Jesus Christ's blood was that eternal sacrifice for all our sins. This early Church is the model on which our Christian Churches of today are to be based.
Jesus Christ built His Church and, in the Book of Acts, Luke wrote, "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." (Acts 20:28 KJV) Jesus still expects the Church to preach and teach that Christ died for you and took your sins upon Himself and arose the third day and is now sitting by God, interceding for you when you sin.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study. Worship Service is at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM Sunday for Bible Study with a children's program called AWANA that goes until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study. But first, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God. We love visitors.
Flo & Bill