When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. – Matthew 16:13-18 NLT
Church is important to me. Not because it has to be but because I believe in the Church. I believe in its foundation, I believe in its formation, and I believe in its future. I believe the church has the ability to change its community and culture. I believe the church has the ability to raise up men and women, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters to make a difference in the world around them. For me Church isn’t something I go to even though I invite people weekly to join me at Church. Church is something I have been afforded the opportunity by Gods grace to be a part of. It’s a fellowship, a family.
The churches foundation doesn’t reside in a formula but rather a belief. A belief that Jesus Christ is the Christ (Messiah and Savior) the Son of the Living God, cr. Matt. 16:16. As a Church fellowship, that truth is our core belief. At its foundation, I am part of a fellowship that believes Jesus is savior.
The Church’s formation comes from the exact same passage Matt. 16:18, Jesus said based on this belief, I will build my Church. The belief that Jesus is the Christ, he is Savior, a rock. It’s on that rock, Jesus Christ, that the Church will be built/formed.
The Churches future is bright. Christ said in Matt. 16:18 that the gates of Hell would not prevail against it. If Christ formed it he will protect it.
I believe in the foundation, formation, and the future of the Church. That’s why I choose to make being an active part in the Church a priority.