God gave us three institutions and it is interesting to note that Satan has placed his attack on all three:
Family – Marriages and Family under Fire
Government – Removal of God, the Bible and Prayer from Public Office.
Church – Only the church has been given the promise OF POWER TO PREVAIL.
There was a Woman that approached Charles Spurgeon and said, “I’m looking for the
perfect Church.” Charles Spurgeon replied, “Madam, you will not find it
this side Of Heaven and if you do, don’t go near it, you will ruin it.”
Matthew 16:18 (ESV)
18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The DEFINITION of the Church is as follows:
2 essentials:An assembly of believers:
CALLING OUT – Of worldly lifestyle
CALLING TOGETHER – Together fulfilling the Great Commission – Mt. 28:19-20
Truth:The Church is never a place, but always a people; it is never a fold but always a flock, it is never a sacred building but always a believing assembly. The church is you who pray, not where you pray. There is in this world nothing sacred but man, no sanctuary of God but the soul. – Anonymous
Note several promises from Heaven to God’s church giving us the promise to prevail:
BUILDING of the church – Peter – God’s man – “this rock”
OWNERSHIP of church – “I ” “my church” – Does not belong to Peter, but Christ
PROMISE to the church – “will build” – Fulfilled in Acts 2.
VICTORY for the church – “the gates of hell shall not prevail”
ENEMY of the church – THE DEVIL AND AGENTS OF SATAN
Years ago Church in China had it’s 1,000 buildings destroyed by a bulldozer overnight. The authorities gave the excuse they were practicing ‘Illegal Religion.” The Pastor’s were imprisoned. The Church responded with a continual spirit to serve.
The believers continued to meet weekly in house churches. The believers held fast to their faith believing THEY HAVE THE POWER TO PREVAIL OVER THE GATES OF HELL.
The Church has greater power through God than any worldly organization. The Church is not an organization, it is a living organism. It was God’s plan to use His Church to reach the world with the Gospel. Embrace God’s promise and live in God’s Hope.
This Sunday, we conclude the series, “FIRST THINGS FIRST. Join us this Sunday at Calvary as we continue with the message entitled, “God’s Faithfulness for Fruitful Finances.” Please bring someone with you.
REMEMBER, GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE AT CALVARY!!!!!
Posted on Tue, December 6, 2016
by David Goins