The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 1)

Jesus said, “I will build My Church—and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18).

There are several powerful dimensions of His Church. One of those dynamics is: His Church is a family!

Jesus commended His disciple, Peter, for receiving the revelation that Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus said that Peter received this revelation from His Father. Jesus went on to say that His Church will be built on this revelation of who Jesus is—the one and only Messiah, Savior of the world! It’s important to see that all of this happens in the context of family (i.e., the Father revealing His Son to us).

Being His Church involves much more than being members of an organization. It involves being members of His family!

There are two powerful things Jesus does to build His family:

First, He sets us free from the orphan spirit. Jesus said, “I will no longer leave you as orphans” (John 14:18). Sin separated us from Father—plunging us into the orphan lifestyle—leaving us without a sense of belonging, unprotected, without provision, lacking identity, void of purpose. On the Cross, Jesus severed us from orphanhood!

Then, Jesus releases the Holy Spirit to reveal our full adoption. When we surrender our hearts to Jesus, Holy Spirit fills us as a “spirit of adoption, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:15). We enter into childlike intimacy with “Abba”—experiencing His affirming love. We also submit to His “Father” authority—calling us into our true identity and destiny!

Ask Him today to bring you into increasing encounters with His “Abba! Father!” heart for you!

— Pastor Dave

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