Christ and the Church   1 comment

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Matt. 16, 18

I.  Christ founded the church.  “I will build my church.”  It is as unique among the institutions in the world as he is unique among men.  He is working at this enterprise every day.

II.  “Upon this rock.”  Not uttered until Peter made this great confession–till he expressed faith in Christ as the Son of God.  Here we have:  On the Divine side Christ the Son of God.  No church without him.  On the human side faith in him.  Without faith there is no church.  So faith in Christ is the the “rock.”

III,  Its mission–to bear witness of Him and so lead men to believe on him and devote themselves to his service.

(a)  To call men to repentance and faith–into fellowship with him.

(b)  To administer the things of grace–the sacraments.  It lives to serve men, to help them work out their salvation.

IV.  It has not failed–has produced millions of Christian characters.

V.  Its future is secure.  He lives and “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  He carries on his work from age to age.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Posted September 28, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1914-1956, Matthew

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