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Is the Church a Success?
by Carl Marshall
10/19/2010 / Christian Living
How many Christians may say that the church is the reason for the relationship they have with Jesus Christ? I certainly cannot say that, because my relationship with Jesus Christ is unfamiliar to the churches that I have attended, yet my belief in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is firmly in place, which leads me to ask this question, is the church a success? The church is the property of Jesus Christ, therefore, it is the responsibility of Jesus Christ to build it; Jesus Christ spoke to his disciple Simon Peter saying, "I say also to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). He had asked that we become disciples, has brought up true prophets, and has declared some righteous for the building of his church, and though many are rejected, "the gates of hell will not prevail against" the church that Jesus Christ builds (Matthew 16:18). My mission is to please God. The prerequisite is to have a relationship with his son, Jesus Christ. Having a relationship with Jesus Christ is to have heard his word, and this is done independently. Have I pleased God? Surely I have pleased God, because I am now one of his faithful.
All Christians should know the purpose of prayer, my observation however, is that it is the way to have a one on one chat with God, our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ taught his disciples to pray so that they would learn how to communicate with his father independently; now, the time has come that if we choose to communicate with God, we must do it independently, because Jesus Christ is not with us anymore. If the church is to be a success, then the communication between the church, and our Heavenly Father must be. Faithful Christian will recognize a true church if they perceive the communication that the church has with God is real. Remember that in the church there are also unfaithful Christians; the mission of the church is to have a faithful congregation that is Jesus Christ made disciples of the twelve that he chose, we must also do the same unto those who have joined his church.
Simon Peter is the example on which, Jesus Christ has built his church; he spoke from the heart when he said, "you are the Christ, the son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16), however, he did not escape his hour of temptation (Luke 22:40, 46), and during such time he denied Jesus Christ three times. He would however, received his faith after he had proof that Jesus Christ had rose from the dead; he then began to carry his cross, and follow Jesus Christ. The church is built in the manner of Simon Peter. First, we must believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, Second is to have faith, and third, we carry our cross, and follow Jesus Christ. We must carry our cross, and follow Jesus Christ, because we cannot claim his name if we have not obeyed him; only by having faith are we able to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Unfaithful Christians do not understand the way of Jesus Christ, though many have positioned themselves as front-runners in the assembly of the houses of prayer, it is our responsibility to be the judge of the house of prayer we attend, and be not entangled with the way of unfaithful Christians. The way of Jesus Christ is the life, salvation, which I urge you all to follow; though we are not always obedient, we must be filled with compassion as our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Attend church regularly, and be in fellowship, but uphold the Word of God, because as Paul was sent to bear the name of Jesus Christ before the Gentiles "he is a chosen vessel unto me to bear my name before the Gentiles" (Acts 9:15), so must his faithful Christians bear the name of Jesus Christ in his house of prayer. Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord, and Saviour is the will of us individually, but the life, salvation is that we may withstand different temptations from the evil one.
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