I have had SO many massive shifts and changes in my life over the past several years. Many of them I will talk about as openly and freely as possible here on this blog. I hope that someone will be able to read these things and relate, be encouraged, be inspired, learn, grow, feel as though they are not alone, or whatever else may happen. One of the biggest transitions in my life was the transition in my walk with God. The following is an excerpt from the book The Church in the Wilderness by Chip Brogden. Some may feel it’s a tad lengthy but it’s a really good read. He is also the writer of a website and blog I quite enjoy perusing called theschoolofchrist.org. Check out his website when you get a chance. There’s a lot of solid teaching there. I hope it helps you draw closer to Christ!
“…upon this Rock, I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18b).”
What is the “move” of God? What is God doing today? What is God saying to the Church? Here’s what is happening: Jesus is building His Church. There is no “new” thing to be seen, said, or done: Jesus the Rock is building His Church upon the foundation of Himself. He is faithfully gathering the living stones together and is assembling them into a beautiful structure of gold, silver, and precious stones (I Peter 2:4-9; I Corinthians 3:9-17).
There is nothing wrong with the Church! That is, there is nothing wrong with the Church that Jesus is building, though there is much to be desired among those who are following their own building programs and blueprints, and calling it “church”. Jesus is assembling the saints together into a spiritual house. The problem is that some things we have come to believe to be “church” are not necessarily the Church. Although there is nothing wrong with the Church, everything that is called “Church” is not the “Church”. So what is the Church? Continue reading “Who are these living stones?”