The Church Lesson 1: What is the Church

The ChurchMatthew 16:13, 15-17

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples…

15 …"Who do you say I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.

In this passage Jesus makes a prophetic proclamation regarding the church based on one single theological point: that he is the Christ, the Son of the living God.

So the truths or the authoritative and prophetic statements, that Jesus makes regarding the church; are based on this truth that he is the Messiah.

Spiritual truth of this magnitude, Jesus declares: does not come from the mind of men or the knowledge of mankind. As believers, we pass along truth; we declare the gospel message to those around us; we reflect the glory of Christ as he works through our lives; but spiritual enlightenment about the Savior comes from God alone.

Jesus told Peter, this revelation of truth did not come from the mind of any man; rather it was revealed to you by the supernatural revelation of God.

Each of us experienced a supernatural happening the moment that we came to believe in faith in the sacrifice of Christ for our salvation. God did a miracle in our lives in that moment of time: he supernaturally revealed spiritual truth to us.

Every believer, then, every member of the true church is a testimony that God is, and that he is still at work in the lives of mankind.

Because of God’s supernatural interaction in your life, you came to know of a certainty that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God!

You are a living miracle.