We Are The Church

You and I together are the Church

  • The Church is the people of God assembled together
  • The Church is born again, Sprit-empowered believers gathering and scattering
  • Gathering to worship and be equipped
  • Scattering to tell others of the Good News that Jesus saves, heals, delivers
  • We are the Church

Song: Rand Collection Experiment – “Build Your Kingdom Here” (We are the Church)

Jesus said, “I will build My Church

Matthew 16:15-18 “Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And 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. And 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.”

Peter had a revelation direct from God the Father as to who Jesus really was

And Jesus states – “…upon this revelation I will build my Church”

So, to know how to be a part of the Church Jesus is building we need to receive revelation from Him … step-by-step regarding how to build a powerful life-changing church

Knowledge, information, and understanding of the design of how His Church is to be built and how His Church will work

We see what man has built and how it lacks life – Man’s church

He is and will be showing us His Church and our part in helping Him to build it His way

Powerful, unique, life-changing, earth-shattering, kingdom-spreading Church

  • The army of God
  • The family of God
  • The Body of Christ
  • The Assembly of saints
  • The Bride of Christ
  • The Household of God

Recently I have been thinking about that verse… “on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

And realized that there is a second side to the truth contained in the verse

Yes, by revelation we will know the steps to take to build His powerful Church that will defeat all of the works of the devil in the lives of those who seek after God

BUT, and it is a big but, the revelation is not a set of building plans or how-to-do things

It is a continuing revelation of who Jesus is – the depth of His love, grace, mercy, power

Peter’s revelation was that Jesus was truly the Messiah

The first building block of the Church Jesus is building…

And as we receive more revelation of who Jesus is we will continue to build His Church which will reveal to the world who He really is

His Church is built on the continuing revelation of who Jesus is

And, as we see Him more fully for who He is – His Church will be built

Paul prays for the Church in the city of Ephesus…

Ephesians 1:17 (I pray) “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him”

More you know Him – “knowledge of Him”

The more wisdom – Godly wisdom – you will have

Then the more He can trust you with revelation – of Him and thus His Church

So, “We Are The Church” and He will use us to build and expand the true Church and His Kingdom to the degree or level that we take the time to come to intimately know Him

  • The colt-riding, table-turning, tree-cursing Messiah
  • The more we know Jesus
  • The more we can be involved in the building of the real Church and the expansion of His Kingdom
  • The more we know Jesus and His heart for the lost
  • The more we know Jesus and His love for His Church – His Bride
  • The more we understand how the Church is to fulfill and complete the ministry Jesus started
  • The more we know Jesus’ view and perspective of what is happening on the earth


2018 – A year to focus on Jesus and come to know Him better…

  • Better
  • Deeper
  • To a greater measure

This after 41 years of walking with Him and being what I would consider is fairly intimate

When I was first saved…

The Christian faith is a daily, every-deepening, dynamic, powerful, life-changing, personal, unique love relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ, whom He sent

And, as I came toto know Him more and more, better and better, deeper and deeper over the last four decades…

I found that He was asking us for a deeper and deeper “commitment” to Him and His Kingdom

Even today He is still asking for more commitment – commitment at a new and deeper level…

Matthew 6:33 “… seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

The Message version:

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”

Seek first the Kingdom… Don’t worry about…

  • Your comfort
  • Your safety
  • Your security
  • Your desires and dreams
  • Your needs and wants
  • Your ministry
  • Your vision
  • Your popularity

Seek first the Kingdom … and stop thinking about yourself and your situation

And, stop thinking about how important you are

How blessed God is to have you working with Him

Don’t think too highly of yourself

Believe me when I say – God can do all this without you – and better than you can

T.L. Harlow wrote:

“When I first started out, I wish I knew how little God really needs me. So, the sooner you get over yourself, the sooner God can use you. He can either beat the pride out of you, like he did me, or you can just humble yourself right away and see what God can do.

Jesus is not looking for your talent or skills; gifting or calling

He is simply looking for us to be committed first and foremost to His Kingdom and the King – Jesus

Committed to coming to know Him more and more, better and deeper than ever before

Because He is building His Church on our revelation of who He is!

He is God and we simply need to know Him, trust Him, obey Him

Jesus has been driving home this whole idea of commitment to Him and His Kingdom recently in my reading of the Scriptures

The angel visits Mary – a teenager – and tells her she will be pregnant and give birth to a son who will be God in human flesh … not good news to be single and pregnant

“Be it done unto me according to your word” ( Luke 1:38)

Jesus with His family at the wedding in the town of Cana located in the region of Galilee

They run out of wine before they run out of party….

Mary says to the caterers – “Whatever He tells you, do it!” (John 2:1-12)

Jesus heals a man born blind

John 9:10-11 “They said, “How did your eyes get opened?””A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ I did what he said. When I washed, I saw.”

We need to be totally committed to do what He says… He is God and you are not!

This is how He is going to build His Church…

We come to really know Him / Then we instantly obey Him because of who He is

Because of who He is – we can trust Him and everything He says to us

Build His Church… We are the Church… So, build us….

Strengthen you as a believer – disciple / YOU are the church

Lead you to tell others about Him

Use you to move in supernatural power to witness to who He is

Heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead

John 14:12 “The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it.”

“Trust Me … Get to know me so well that you will totally trust Me and be 110% committed to everything I am saying and doing”

John 6:27-29 “Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last. To that they said, “Well, what do we do then to get in on God’s works?”Jesus said, “Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God’s works.”

After a fairly tough teaching the crowd walks away from Jesus – rejecting Him as crazy…

Jesus turns to His disciples and asked them if they too will leave Him…

John 6:69 “Peter replied, “Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. We’ve already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God.”

John 7:31 “Many from the crowd committed themselves in faith to him, saying, “Will the Messiah, when he comes, provide better or more convincing evidence than this?

So, my point is…

It will be a year of increasing revelation of …

Who Jesus really is

What He is like

What He is saying

What He is doing

What He wants you (us) to do

As He builds His Church / us / you into greater maturity and power

Because WE ARE THE CHURCH and it / we are built by increasing revelation of who Jesus is

And, as you get to know Him better

He is the Cornerstone of the Church (Ephesians 2:20)

He is foundational to everything the Church is called to be and do

He knows the blueprint and how we get from here to there

He will stretch you and help you to grow in amazing ways…

What He will reveal to you (revelation) will be bigger, greater, more powerful – and will seriously stretch your faith

John 6:5-6 “When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith. He already knew what he was going to do.

God has recently reminded me of some things I wrote in the front of a very old Bible of mine …

Rolfe Bernard

“One day somebody is going to come along, pick up a Bible and believe it – And put the rest of us to shame.”

Angus Buchan

“If your vision doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough.”

So, catch a vision of the Living Word – Jsus

And, come to know, really know, the written Word, your Bible

And allow Him to surprise you will how great and amazing He is and how powerful the things are that He is doing through His Church – I mean powerful

So, let me pray…

I pray you will “be the Church” and help Jesus expand His Kingdom

I pray you will have an increase of the Spirit of revelation and wisdom in the knowledge of Jesus

I pray you will have a deeper and greater commitment to who He really is and what He is revealing to you to accomplish with Him

I pray that you will trust Him – trust what you hear from Him and obey instantly

I pray that you will know work hard at coming to know the written Word and, through the Word, come to know and appreciate Jesus like never before

I pray that you will really come to understand that “We Are The Church”

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