The Church that Jesus is Building (pt 3)

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 community of world-changers!

The word Jesus used for “church” is the word, “ekklesia.” (We derive our English word “ecclesiastical” from this term). “Ekklesia” describes a “faithful people who have been called out and sent forth to influence the culture.” Similar words were used by Jesus to communicate this vital, world-changing purpose of His Church. When Jesus “sent us” into all the world to make disciples, He used the word “apostle”—a word describing a fleet of ships launched to bring cultural transformation. When Jesus called us “laborers” in Luke 10:2, he described us as those who initiate life-giving change. Literally, “laborers” describes spiritual fathers and mothers who break the orphan spirit, declare identity over their children, thus releasing them into their destinies!

In addition, His Church is being built to be “salt” and “light” in the world—affecting the spiritual climate, culture, and chemistry here on the earth! As His “lights” we “strategically displace darkness!” We become His world-changers as we declare His truth and demonstrate His love. We’ve been made to shape culture, not hide from it! Though life on earth can be difficult—we’ve been called to lead, not leave! He is shifting His Church from being apathetic to becoming apostolic—making history, not just watching it! Remember, the authorities of hell will not prevail! His power triumphs over principalities and powers—always!

Today, ask Jesus to anoint you to fulfill your calling in the place He has strategically planted you!

Understanding that being part of His Church means that we are part of a FAMILY.  We are called to live together in community as loved children fully dependent on the best Father we could ever imagine! 

–Pastor Dave Hess

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