~~Upon this Rock~~

~~Upon this Rock~~  By Regina A. McKinney

“On this rock I will build my church and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.”Jesus founded the church on the confession that He is the Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11 says, No one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid, that is Jesus Christ.” Colossians 1:18 says, “He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the first born from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.” And Ephesians 2:19-20 tells us as members of Gods church we are, “fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone.”

Jesus is the founder, the head, the Master and the Lord of the Church. It is comprised of those whom He has redeemed, or purchased with His blood. The Church exists for Him, by Him and in Him. Without Jesus there is no church. He is the head of the church.
Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2 to preach the word. A true church is a church which preaches the word of God.
There’s a lot behind that statement.

•Preaching the word of God means preaching the whole council of God’s word,
•When it is in season or out of season,
•When it is convenient or inconvenient;…
•When it makes you popular or makes you unpopular.
•It is preaching which brings conviction for sin;
•Preaching which is centered on the person and work of God;
•Preaching which exalts Jesus as the only Lord and Savior;
•Preaching which stirs the hearts of the hearers and causes them desire more of God;
•It is preaching which is elevates the soul and causes Christians to strive toward holiness;
•Preaching which calls the lost to get saved and calls the saved to reach the lost;
•It is preaching which keeps the saints in the paths or righteousness;
•Preaching which comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable;
•Preaching which never compromises the truth just because it’s inconvenient;
•It is preaching which starts and ends with biblical revelation;
•Preaching which knows nothing of political correctness and is anchored in the Rock of Ages;
•It is preaching which seeks to expose the truth of God’s word to God’s people.
This is biblical preaching and it is one of the essential marks of a church. Where this type of preaching is absent, there is no church.

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