Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 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.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
“Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (v. 18, 19)
As I have mentioned elsewhere in this devotional, an e-group is just a tool of the Church to effectively do and fulfill the work of the Lord.
The power behind our E-Conquest Campaign is Emmanuel, our Lord Jesus Christ.
For He is the One who declared, “I will build my Church…” Based on this text, let me point out two important insights about our e-group ministry and evangelism.
Firstly, observe that the foundation of the Church as well as the growth of the Church is by confessing and acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah, our Savior and Lord.
One becomes a member of the Church or Christ’s Body by placing one’s trust and faith in Jesus as demonstrated by the apostle Peter. The Church is anchored on the Truth that Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecies of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.
Thus, our e-groups must be evangelistic. We have to faithfully preach and share that Jesus is the Messiah, our Savior and Lord.
Secondly, that our Lord Jesus has given us full assurance that He will be able to build His Church.
That His Church will succeed even if it is opposed by Hell itself. This means that our e-groups will succeed if we will not give up but press on and on. We will ultimately win people to the Lord and that Satan will do all his best to stop the Church in fulfilling her mission and divine mandate (Matt. 28). Thus, we must fight a good fight of faith! Our comfort and joy is the fact that our Lord Jesus has secured our victory and had said the final word on the matter:
“I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH! …”
E-CONQUEST: Become and Empowered
The Church has the authority, assurance, and ability to win.
This devotional was prepared by Pastor Val Natcher for the ECMI E-Conquest Campaign. Please feel free to type in your comments, feedback in the space provided below. We also encourage you to share your related testimonies so that as we publish it here, others may be encouraged as well. God bless !