There’s no doubt about it, the Church of Jesus Christ has made a huge impact throughout history all around the globe. We have to ask ourselves a question though...does it really matter anymore? Are the two-thousand year-old teachings from a Jewish carpenter and His ragamuffin bunch even relevant today? Some folks look at our society today and suggest it’s time to pack it in and call it a day. The Church had a great run and it’s time to move on to something more modern…something more practical. Maybe so….but some of us would say that the Church is just getting started and It’s message is more relevant now than at any other time in history.
Matthew 16:13-19: When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, 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. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Galatians 5:19-21a: The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.
Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
This sermon is based on the writings of Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Adam Hamilton, and Greg Boyd