I will build my Church
Rev. James Guerrero
Sept. 3, 2009 at 9:03 a.m.
Christ clearly and unequivocally states to Peter His intentions in Matthew 16:18, as to what will become of the church. Jesus declares that he is going to build His fellowship upon a firm foundation. So stable will this foundation be that the "gates of hell” (Hades) will not be able to "prevail" against its activities. The processes of death will not overpower what Christ has truly initiated. He covenants in this passage to be a perpetual part of its expansion and ultimate success. He will exert influence and thus insure the stability of His chosen enterprise. He will “Build (oikodomeo)” which means to construct, confirm, build or edify.
Jesus reveals that the very foundation, the stability and durability upon which the church will be built is upon Himself. Paul confirms, (1 Cor 3:11 KJV) “For (no) other foundation can no man lay than that (which) is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Without a doubt this fellowship has a common foundation regardless of its label, we are united together and supported upon this same foundation, and it will be the post-resurrected Christ who will engage vital resources in building His church.
As Christ is involved in the “building” or “edifying” of His church I am reminded that we within the Christian Fellowship are compelled by holy writ to do likewise.
For example, in 1 Cor. 14:26 I hear the Apostle admonish the fellowship “Let all things be done unto edifying.”
Thus our objective should be to continue with a holy diligence to be a source of encouragement to the community of faith. Carefully examining our motives, purposes and attitudes with which we discharge our calling. Paul teaches us that we’re to do everything within our power to please our neighbor (Rom. 15:2), that is, to encourage and aid them in their spiritual development.
The looming question for most is simply, how do we give ourselves to the “building up” or edifying of one another? Paul again comes to our aide in explaining how Christ in His post-resurrected status achieves this goal.
First, Eph 2:22 “in who ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
It is the person and work of the Holy Spirit who is inspiring and facilitating the development of the body of believers. May we never diminish the actuality of His involvement in bringing us into a corporate fellowship. Secondly, 1 Tim 1:4 …..godly edifying which is in faith. Faith is critical to the processes involved in building up the Church. Without faith we cannot please God and with it mountains are moved.
Thirdly, (Eph 4:11 KJV) “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (Eph 4:12 KJV) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (Eph 4:13 KJV) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:”
It basically goes without saying dear reader, God has called and anointed men and women to carry out a specific calling in their lives, and that calling is to build up the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Finally, the fourth in my list, (1 Cor 8:1 KJV) “Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”
That’s right, love builds up the fellowship of believers. Therefore, let this column challenge you to recognize that Christ is indeed building His church, and we are the agents He’s selected to complete the project. May these truths excite us to become even more involved in our local Christian fellowship, binding together and doing everything within our power to lend ourselves to the edifying of the institution, called the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rev. James Guerrero is the pastor of Family Worship Center located at 2717 9th St. in Bay City.