The Church Is the Body (We Are the Members)

1 Corinthians 12:12-27, ESV (click to read passage) The parts can’t say… “I’m don’t belong because I’m different.” “I don’t need anyone.” “I’m too weak to be necessary.” “I’m ashamed of what I do.” God says… “I made you unique.” “I put you where you are.” “I use the weakest the most.” “I honor the unseen.” The Bottom Line(s) Division is NOT an option. TLC (Tender Loving Care) required. Suffer AND Rejoice together.   Read More

The Church is the Body (Christ is the Head)

  Colossians 1:15-23, ESV 15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 21And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.   The Preeminence of Christ Read More

The Church Is Permanent

Matthew 16:13-20, ESV 13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17And 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. 18And 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. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. Built upon… The Rock of the Son’s True Identity The Rock of the Father’s Revelation The Rock of Christ’s Faithful Followers The Rock Made of Resurrection Power   Read More