Jesus said HE will build His church.
A building is made of bricks and cement. Have you ever seen bricks organizing themselves so that they form a house? This phenomenon is as ludicrous as the Big Bang Theory. Jesus is the architect and builder of the church. We are merely the “living stones” that constitute the church.
Just as God gave detailed instructions to Moses for the construction of the Tabernacle in the wilderness, Jesus has the blueprint of the church He is building for Himself. He doesn’t need our help, lest of all our advise. All He needs and expects of us is our obedience.
Jesus said that He will BUILD His church.
Every pastor believes that his church is built on a firm foundation. I am not here to dispute that. But the Bible does say that we should not judge anything before the time (1 Cor 4:5). The Bible also promises a future shaking. God will not only shake the earth, He will also shake the heaven. All that can be shaken will be removed, and all that cannot be shaken will remain (Heb 12:26-27).
Something may seem to be built on a strong foundation. Some thing may look strong. But in an earthquake, even solid ground can turn into liquid. Have you heard of liquefaction?
Jesus said He will build HIS church.
“Oh, is this Pastor so-and-so’s church?” Nowadays, churches are known not only by their names, they are known by the name of the pastor who leads it. Do you know who the pastor of the Ephesians church was? What about the pastor of the Philippian church? The church at Laodecia? You get my point, don’t you? Though some of these churches are big, the pastors’ names remain anonymous. Here is a helpful principle: the bigger the church, the more the pastor must decrease and Jesus must increase.
Pastor Jesus was broken, bruised, and smitten by God. Even after He had been glorified, He lives to make intercession for us all. This is the standard, the model for anyone who wishes to shepherd God’s flock. If you are not a pastor after Jesus, you will lord over your flock.
Jesus said He will build His CHURCH.
The church Jesus is building is a work-in-progress. It isn’t complete yet. But one thing is for sure: it will look very different from the church we know today. Very different. The church Jesus is building is a “spiritual house” where acceptable sacrifices are being offered (1 Pet 2:5). Man, on the other hand, only knows how to build physical buildings. And they call it “a church”.
The church that Jesus is building is organized but not organizational. It is organic.
The church Jesus is building is theocratic (Jesus is its Head), not democratic.
The church Jesus is building is compassionate (full of love), not corporate (impersonal).
The church Jesus is building is simple and dynamic, not sophisticated and static.
The church Jesus is building is expressive (full of the Spirit), not repressive (full of rules and traditions).
The church Jesus is building is enriched with spiritual gifts; man’s will be rich in human talent and personality.
The church Jesus is building is victorious (the Gates of Hades will not prevail against it).
The church Jesus is building is missionary (eager to serve, does not to be served).
The church Jesus is building is selfless (disadvantaging self to advantage others).
The church Jesus is building is spiritual (seeking the things of the Spirit), not carnal.
The church Jesus is building is humble, not proud (seeking the praise of men).
The church Jesus is building is bold (walking in faith), not politically correct (walking in fear).
The church Jesus is building will be the Bride of Christ (holy and blameless).
Which church would you like to belong to?