“I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH”


“I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH”

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the
Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And
I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
(Mat 16:13-19)

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power (exousia, authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
(Mat 28:18-20)

Dear reader, if you humble yourself to these two passages of Holy Scripture, you will go a long way toward understanding the New Testament. Jesus is God manifested in the flesh. He speaks in no uncertain terms. He has all authority. He has a purpose. Our purpose is to do what He has authorized, with the deep assurance that Christ Jesus will accomplish His eternal purpose in building His Church!

Bro Hal

Home Church(Family Worship)


A family is a father, a mother and a child or children, ideally, from a biblical perspective. Worship is to honor the “worth” of God, or “worthship” if I may. Family worship is a family expressing the worth of God in the conscience of the family. God, of course is the Triune God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Christian worship is then giving the proper honor to our God in everything wherein He is God! He is Lord of all, so every aspect of life should be to His honor.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”, (1Co 10:31). There are many ways we can glorify God, but here Paul begins with the most basic acts of eating and drinking. Where does most of this ideally take place? In the family. Have you thought of the holiness of a meal? We have spent may hours in holy fellowship with brethren around the table. Perhaps you have never thought of fellowship around a table full of delicious food as glorifying God, but that is the standard Paul sets in this verse.
In our day we speak of the “house of worship” or the church building where we go to worship. We can worship almost any where. In the New Testament, and for centuries after Christ returned to the right hand of the Father, believers met in their homes normally to worship God in an assembly. Consider:
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. (Act 5:42)
WHEN?
WHERE?
WHY?
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, (Act 2:46)
And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in thy house: (Phm 1:2)

Where was the church? It was in Philemon’s house.

Note the simplicity here. When? Daily. Where? Every house. Why? To teach and preach Jesus Christ. You don’t need an organized clergy for this. You don’t need men with letters after their names to direct this. You don’t need the government to regulate it. It doesn’t take any extra money to make it work! Anyone who knows that he is a sinner, that Christ is the only Saviour, and that He can trust his whole being for time and eternity to God, knows enough to teach and preach Jesus Christ. Simply teaching is to present the facts and preaching is the exhortation or encouragement to live the facts. Family worship is simple.

 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward,” (2Co 1:12).

With some 450,000 churches in our country today, few people realize that there were no church buildings as we know them for centuries after Pentecost. Further, you will see in history, that shortly after the emphasis was shifted to buildings, and organized religion, the world went into what we call the Dark Ages for about a thousand years or until the Great Reformation. Throughout the Dark Ages, God had a witness, usually in small home assemblies who were usually persecuted by the organized religion which was called by the world, Christianity. This is dark, but there are many good, well documented history books showing the horrors of organized christianity which had little or nothing to do with our precious Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now consider with me, what is the most basic realityof a family, something even more basic that eating and drinking? Marriage! “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge,” (Heb 13:4). The purpose of marriage is to honor or glorify God. The heart of the family is the marriage which produced it. In our culture, sadly, marriages are usually based on attraction. That attraction might be sex, tradition, ambition or even religion. The attraction should be the wonderful purpose of Christ, and His glory.  Oh, how it would change things if, for instance, when a young lady was considering marriage, she would think first to ask ,

  1. Would this young man be faithful in leading our young family in the worship or honor of God?
  2. Would he be able to lead in family devotions?
  3. Would he be able to pray in a crisis?
  4. Would he be able to trust God in all things financial?
  5. Would he shape our lives daily to honor my precious Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ?
The young man would ask,
  1. Would this young lady be an example for our children?
  2. Would she be able to follow me as I lead the family in serving God?”
  3. Would she pattern her life after Ephesians 5 and 1 Peter 3 and other scriptures?
  4. Would she be a woman of prayer?
  5. Would she be able to help in the ministry God has given us?

You see, the family is something like this: God has a purpose and he saves a young man to carry out that mission. He then gives him the darling of his heart to help him carry out His commission. “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him,”(Gen 2:18). Adam needed someone to help him tend the garden of Eden! Further, the father and mother need help, so children are given to help in completing the wonderful plan God has for the family. This is the ideal, and grace is given to recover from the failures of meeting the ideal.

Since the family is the heart of God’s purpose in the life of the mother and father, it is safe to say that Christ Jesus can provide everthing needed in the family by His infinite grace. He will provide every thing needed for Family Learning, Family Health, Family Birth, Family Business, and Family Defense. This ministry is devoted to showing how Family Worship is the bedrock or foundation for everything the family needs.  Brother Hal Stanley

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