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The Church

Updated: Dec 24, 2022

series: Church (pt. 1)

In some of my earlier memories of church, I remember my mother having to drag me to church. Who wanted to get up early on a Sunday morning, miss out on quality playtime, just to go sit and be still in church? I would have much rather jumped on my bike and taken off with my friends. This, though, is not who we were, as I was told many times, we went to church. Looking back, today I am glad that my mother drugged me to church and did not give up when I was very resistant.

Considering church, one of the things people have the tendency to do is to focus on the Sunday morning assembly. For many, this may be all that we think the church is. Often when we consider church, we may say things such as; “We are going to church.” or we may think of a place or a location such as, “The church is located at ...” For many, the church is a building, it’s a location, it’s something we do.

One of the things I hope we have learned through the pandemic is that there is more to church than the Sunday morning worship assembly. Saying this, I am not saying that our meeting together on Sunday mornings is not necessary or that it is not important, it is! Scripture teaches this was the practice of the early church (ref. Acts 20: 7), to meet on the first day of the week. However, this is not all that church is. In many ways, though, I believe we have regulated church or what we may think of church to Sunday morning assembly, a place, or something we do.

I Will Build My Church

When Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (ref. Matt. 16:13). Their answer revealed the many different thoughts and opinions about who Jesus was.

Matthew 16: 14 (English Standard Version)

And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

During the life of Jesus, there were many different thoughts and opinions about who he was. As Jesus continues, he asks his disciples a more direct question. “But who do you say that I am?” (ref. Matt. 16: 15). To which Peter, inspired by the Spirit of God, answers, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (ref. Matt. 16:15). Peter, in his answer, declares the truth of who Jesus is. And it’s on this truthful confession of who Jesus is that Jesu