Binding And Loosing In Matthew 16

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in teaching | 0 comments

Binding And Loosing In Matthew 16

In Matthew 16:18-19, Jesus tells Peter, “you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” He then tells him, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Throughout church history, these verses have been interpreted in a number of different ways. Catholics, for example, have traditionally used these verses to argue for the supremacy of papal authority in Rome. Others have understood these verses in terms of God trying to establish His dominion on the earth now through revival. However, the primary point of this passage is that Christ is building a people worthy of inclusion in the coming resurrection of the righteous by means of His work on the cross. Christ crucified is the foundation of the church, and this foundation alone has the power to overcome death in the Day of the Lord. Join us as we explore and discuss this passage together in our house church meeting.

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Embracing The Wisdom of the Cross

Posted by on Mar 29, 2011 in teaching | 0 comments

Embracing The Wisdom of the Cross

In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul tells us that he resolved “to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” He also tells us that anything not built on the wisdom of Christ crucified will be burned up in context to the fires of testing that await us in the Day of the Lord (1 Cor. 3). Join us as we ask God for grace to forsake the so-called wisdom of man and embrace the wisdom of the cross.

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The Coming Crucifixion of the Church

Posted by on Jan 21, 2011 in teaching | 0 comments

The Coming Crucifixion of the Church

Jesus says that our willingness to carry our cross in this age is the criterion by which we will be rewarded when He returns (Mt. 16:24-27). The Messiah himself carried His cross before receiving His crown of glory in the resurrection. In order to receive our own crown of glory in the resurrection at the Second Coming, we too must first carry our cross in this age. Jesus is our example of unwavering faithfulness to the Father even through suffering.

Judgment begins with the household of God (1 Pet. 4:17), and God disciplines those He loves (Heb. 12). He is more zealous for our eternal inheritance in the age to come, than He is about preserving our life of ease and comfort in this age. In the coming days, God will use His judgements to purify His church from compromise with things that He will not allow into the age to come. In order for the saints to faithfully persevere through the intense shakings that will occur at the end of the age (Is. 24, Mt. 24), the cross must be repositioned at the forefront of the church’s life and consciousness. Join us as we call on God for grace to respond to His loving chastisement with humility and gratitude.

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