Matthew 16: 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” … Jesus replied, 18 “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”
Notice something here; Jesus said He would build HIS church, not the church. It is not my church, or your church. The church belongs to the LORD Jesus Christ. Actually, His church is much more than the local congregation where we attend bible study and worship.
The Church, The Bride of Christ, is made up of EVERY person who has confessed and repented of his/her sins. Denomination is irrelevant. Whether one is Catholic or Protestant, has no bearing. There is only one common denominator… Has that person received Jesus of Nazareth as LORD and Savior?
The Church is much more than the meetinghouse we attend together. WE are the Church, not the building. And since we are the Church, we need each other. We need to be with one another as often as we can. We need to support and encourage one another. That simple fact that we need one another is plenty of reason for us to strive to be at the church building every time the opportunity presents itself.
But, our individual ministry does not stop with the people who attend worship with us. Jesus has a plan for the whole Church, and we are a small part of that body.
Just as a small part of your body has an effect on the body as a whole, what we do as individuals affects both the local church and the Universal Church. That is not always a good thing. What we must remember is that nonbelievers watch what we do and how we behave. When we begin to think we run things within the church, we are making a huge mistake. Jesus is the head of the Church, even on the local level. Not the Pastor, not the Deacon chairman, not the Sunday School director, not the treasurer, not the worship leader… Jesus is the head. It is HIS Church.
We must never think we have the solution or we know what is best for the Church. Our LORD knows that and when we follow His leadership, there is no need to look toward a human leader, and we will know what direction to go, because He guides our paths. If you feel people are not following you, take a moment to think, and remind yourself of who the leader is.
My church doesn’t stand a chance, but the Gates of hell will NEVER prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ. And FYI, those saints include saints for all time.
In His Love