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Members of His Body

Posted on April 19, 2019 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

The identity of the church Jesus promised to build is the very identity of Christ. That’s why he connected the first mention of building the church to the question he asked his disciples, “Who do men say I am” in Mathew 16. Just as he told Peter that the Father had given to him the revelation of his true identity as the Christ, so we may expect the true identity of the church as the body of Christ to require divine revelation as well. Faith in tha...

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The New Covenant Church

Posted on April 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Describing the church as the “body of Christ” the apostle Paul gives us an entirely different perspective from which to identify the church Jesus is building today. It is the way Jesus intended us to recognize the church as a living gathering of his called-out disciples being empowered and led by his indwelling Spirit to love others just like he does. This living body of believers is not to be confused with a corporate organization or religious institution mad...

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A Living Organism

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;


In describing the church Jesus is building as the “body of Christ” the apostle Paul gives us a far different picture than has historically and traditionally been presented. Rather than being seen as an institution or an organization, the church is pictured as a living organism. Instead of being defined by a material corporate structure, the church is presented as a spiritual gathering of “called-out disciples”. As described by Paul the...

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Known by Our Love

Posted on March 28, 2019 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

In looking for the church Jesus promised to build, we must look beyond the institutions built and sustained by human effort. From his words recorded in the gospels it is clear that Jesus intended to build a “called-out assembly” of his disciples with a mission to make other disciples who identified themselves with him and did what he told them to do. Each called-out assembly, whether large or small in number, would enjoy his presence and power to express his w...

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Power to Forgive Sins

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

One of my favorite descriptions of the mission Jesus gave the church he promised to build is found in John’s gospel, John 20: 21, “Then said Jesus unto them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you.” Although it is a simple and very brief statement it is filled with meaning and utterly profound. In the same exact way that God the Father sent his only begotten son into this world Jesus is sending his church into this world. ...

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Two or Three are Gathered

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

An interesting idea of the church Jesus promised to build on himself is that it may assume the form of a small assembly of only two or three people at any given time. This idea is taken from what he spoke of in Matthew 18: 19, 20, “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the...

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Authority of the Church

Posted on March 6, 2019 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

The “called out assembly” Jesus promised to build on earth did not come with an organization chart or building plans. Instead, he promised to build the church on himself and gave it a global mission that was entirely dependent on his power and presence till the end of the age. The mission of the church, often referred to as “the Great Commission”, is recorded in Matthew’s gospel as Jesus saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and...

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Mission of the Church

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Dear Saints; 

When Jesus first told his disciples about the church he was going to build he stated that, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. This statement indicates two important facts about the church that help us identify the true church Jesus continues to build today. First, the church Jesus had in mind was going to have a mission in this world, and second, the defenses of hell itself would not be able to withstand that mission. To identify that chu...

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The Institutional Church

Posted on February 7, 2019 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

The first words Jesus spoke concerning the church are recorded in Matthew 16: 17-19, “Blessed are you Simon Bar-jona; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I also say 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. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heave...

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The Church Jesus is Building

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

I’ve been associated with some form of “church” all my life. But I’m not sure I have really understood or recognized the church Jesus said he was building. Except for a few rebellious years in my late teens and early 20’s I have been a member of the “institutional church” of various flavors and have even pastored a number of them for the last 40 years or so. I’ve also been associated with various “para-church” o...

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