“thou art the Christ the son of the true and living God. Jesus said flesh and blood have not revealed it unto thee but my father who is in heaven.”
Jesus told Peter you are the rock on which I will build my Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail.
In other words based on Peters belief in who Jesus was, the Church was established in him, and to everyone who has that same belief. So you see,
The Church is not made up of bricks and mortar, sheetrock or stone.
It is not a Physical structure, as it seems to many people. The Church is not Physical, it is Spiritual as it pertains to God. The Church can be anywhere as long as there are two or three gathered in his name, God is there.
God is looking for true worshipers, those that worship him in Spirit and in truth. God’s Church is taking the blame for a lot of what Organized Religion is doing. Organized Religion is made up of many rules and regulations, which have nothing to do with God’s Church at all.
People go to the Church building every Sunday morning, to give God an hour or two, thinking they are doing God a great service by coming. During the week they do not want anyone to know they belong to a Church or even know Jesus Christ. There was a time, back in the day people were very serious about God, you could go to the church building, I am going to say building, because I want to separate the two. You could go to the building and get help, people were concerned about you, they showed you love in theirs hearts and you felt the warmth and compassion coming from them.
Now the place we call Church has grown wax cold. It is about self, what can you do for me, I can go on and on about Organized Religion, but I think you get the point.
There was a man who went to the Church building one Sunday morning. He didn’t have on the finest of clothes, and he smelled pretty bad. He was sitting in the back of the Church listening to the music play and the choir sing, when all of a sudden he shouted out a praise to God. He was told to shut up or he would be thrown out of the Church.
The man couldn’t stop praising God, so they threw him out of the church. While sitting on the bottom of the church steps crying, a man came over to him and asked him why are you crying. He replied, I was sitting in the back of the Church praising my God, they told me to stop or else they would throw me out. I couldn’t stop praising God, especially when I thought of how good my God has been to me, I just couldn’t stop praising him. That got me thrown out of the church. That is why I am crying, because I couldn’t praise my God.
The man who asked why are you crying, said to the man that was crying, I have been trying to get into that building for twenty years, and they will not let me in either. That man was Jesus Christ.
My brothers and sisters where ever you go, make sure the Lord is there, if he is not, then you don’t want to be. Time is running out, it is time to stoping playing Church, time is short, eternity is for ever.
What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? That’s for ever and ever.
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