Who Is Jesus? 6; Building His Church

June 11, 2016
Christology 7

building His church,
interceding for us,
and reigning over all things.

Jesus Christ is Lord;
we praise His holy Name forever.

Building His Church,
[Mat 16:16 ESV] Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
[Mat 16:17 ESV] And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
[Mat 16:18 ESV] 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.

Visible & Invisible Church. 
The Visible church is evidence of the Invisible Church. 
What about all the different denominations?
Prepping for hunting season, you walk in the woods and look for evidence of deer. 
Tracks, scat and scrapings. 
The Invisible Church
On the hunt for new creations.  Strange People. 
[2Co 5:16 ESV] From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
[2Co 5:17 ESV] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Interceding for us,
[1Ti 2:5 ESV] For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
[1Ti 2:6 ESV] who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

Those people. . . 
People who can’t seem to leave their religion in the church. 
Offer to pray for someone. 
Invite them to church.
Everyone knows they go to church all the time. 
DO NOT SIN, like everyone else is doing.  

[2Co 5:18 ESV] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
[2Co 5:19 ESV] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
[2Co 5:20 ESV] Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
[2Co 5:21 ESV] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Visible Church
[Act 2:41 ESV] So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
[Act 2:42 ESV] And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

1. My relationship to Jesus does not depend upon being a member of a local church.
2. However, my relationship to Jesus as my King, demands that I be involved in a local church, not just a member, but involved. 

The question you want to have settled in your heart. 
Are you part of the invisible church?  Does Jesus own you, rule over you, and command you and do you push forward to obey?
I am Christian because Jesus saved me.  Invisible

I’m an involved Member of a local church because Jesus commands it.   Visible.
You cannot be a Christian and miss church for long. 
God commands you belong to a local church.  Hebrews 10:24-25

In China; 
It’s unprecedented persecution against the Church, where church leaders are going to prison, are being sent to mental institutions, are being beaten and tortured and where crosses have been forcibly removed from now over 1,800 churches since 2014.

Why do you come to church?
Why label yourself as a Christian?
Consider why you might miss church?

Jesus Christ is Lord;
we praise His holy Name forever.

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