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Matthew 16:16-18- Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said, “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 say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it.”
This is a great passage! I would like to write about the whole passage but for this article I simply want to point out one simple truth. Jesus is building His church. Just take a moment to realize Jesus is working at the specific task of building His church. By definition if something is growing it is also changing. The New Testament gives us a brief picture of the church as Jesus began to build His church. Jesus has been building His church since that time and continues to do so today.
So what is the church and how is it being built? Those who have trusted in Jesus as their Savior are a part of the church. Jesus’ first work in building the church is to forgive those who call upon His name. Then Jesus gives them His Spirit and enables them to work with Him and fellow believers to accomplish the work of the church.
The church is the body of Christ united together by the Holy Spirit to continue His work of redemption. This ought to humble and excite each disciple of Jesus Christ. First off, we should realize Jesus Christ is still working in us and through us to change lives. The power and presence of Christ is alive and well today. The above passage also confirms while the church is and will always be assaulted, the church will never be defeated. Our cause is just and will be accomplished through the power of Christ.
Scripture is very clear the church has been given a mandate and this is found in Mathew 28. Often referred to as the “Great Commission”, we are to understand this mandate as a personal assignment and a cooperate assignment. The church accomplished aspects of the Great Commission through its various ministries but one ministry in particular affords the frame work for every member to be involved and this ministry is Sunday school.
Sunday school started originally as a means to teach reading and morals. The fact of this school being started on a Sunday is because people worked the other six days of the week. The lesson book was the Bible. Children would learn to read and write with the Bible being the text book. In this way children learned literacy and morals. Today children learn literacy in schools but the Sunday school still survives and can be a tremendous format to building the Kingdom of God. In fact it’s probably the best way.
This month I will spend some time emphasizing our Sunday school ministry. I believe we have dedicated teachers and leaders as well as membership. My biggest goal in this emphasis is to help our membership to understand why and how we can accomplish the Great Commission through the Sunday school. The fact that we have a mandate is non-negotiable, Jesus Christ, the head of the church has established this. But how do we work together? By reaching, teaching, and ministering to people. We have to reach people before we can teach and minister to them. Teaching and ministering develops as we get to know one another and as opportunities present themselves. Prayerfully consider what role God would have you accomplish through your Sunday school. Pray also we can effectively unite our church through the Sunday school ministry. The Sunday school is the church in action!