Bluewater Bay Community Church

Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen

The Church

by Erik Momsen

As we prepare for the greatest gathering of the Church this country has seen, we must gain a deeper understanding of the Church and our relationship with her.

We speak of one body yet act as if our little gathering is the only one on earth. We miss out on huge blessings because our attitude towards the church is wrong. We distrust each other within one gathering of Christians and we ignore or even reject other believers in our community and city.

We have a spirit of division in our souls that automatically wants to do our own thing. We find it very hard to follow yet do not want the responsibility, toil and pain of leadership. We have become individuals to a fault. This is not the nature of the true church.

"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit ... one hope ... one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all." (Ephesians 4:3-6)

The forthcoming gathering of the Church, probably over 300,000 at one time, is a visible sign to heaven and earth that the Church is one Church and that there is One Lord.

THE CHURCH WILL WIN

Jesus asked the disciples who they thought he was. Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ the Son of the Living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." (Matthew 16:16-18)

The Gates of Hell will not overcome the Church!!!  There will be losses and defeats. but the end has already been revealed.

"I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband .... Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them ... It shone with the Glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a precious jewel. ... on the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel ... the city had twelve foundations and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." (Revelation 21:1-14)

God is at present preparing His Church. For the most part we believe the misinformation and lies of the evil one that the church is defeated.

Part of our confusion is that we aim for the wrong target. We want to change the world when we are called to change one heart at a time. The world is already a lost cause - not that we do not try to make all as comfortable as possible on the sinking ship. We work for the aroma of Christ to be spoken among all the death and destruction - but our goal is not to establish His Completed Kingdom on earth. There will be a New Heaven and a New Earth. That is our hope and our goal.

"Save the Lost at any cost for people last forever."

YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE THE CHURCH

This almost sounds like blasphemy in many Protestant ears. We believe in a one-on-one relationship with the Father in Heaven, through His Son, in the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Yet despite the personal individual relationship with God we are equally called to love those in the church and even to love and honour the Body of Christ. Why is this?

1)  The Father, Son and Spirit have a desperate love for the Church.

   "Be shepherds of the Church of God which he bought with his own blood." (Acts 20:28)

2)  Jesus says, "I will build my church" - Jesus takes His church very personally. It is His church, and He will build it.

3)  The church is Jesus' direct representation in the world. It is his presence (with the Spirit) and His Body.

  "And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way." (Ephesians 1:22,23)
 
    - Jesus is boss for the church/
    - He is the Head - the church is the Body - hands, feet, mouth, eyes.
    - The Church represents the Fullness of Him.

4)  The church can shine with the Glory of God. (Revelation 21:11)

DON’T PERSECUTE THE CHURCH!!!

Jesus says, "Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?" (Acts 9:4)

Despite the fact that Paul was chasing Christians, Jesus took it very personally. It is His church. We dare not harm it or its members.

"I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame." (Romans 9:33)

Date Added: 2009-03-24

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