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Back to Basics - Part 1: We are the Church

Pastor Boniface Mgonja


New Sermon Series:  "Back to Basics"

What are the basics for us as Christians?

What do we Believe?


Part 1: We are the Church

Matthew 16: 13-19

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.”

*Our foundation has to be Jesus!

  • the gates of hell won't prevail against us because our foundation is on Jesus!
  • the church belongs to Jesus - it doesn't belong to us but to Jesus!

We are the Church!

  • we are not a political club... we are the church...
  • don't get caught up in politics, rules, administrative details...
  • we are called to have fellowship together... with God and with each other...  "Love God, Love people"
  • Make disciples (go & do!)

The word of God is our foundation

  • we build our church with the word as our foundation
  • everything we do has to align with the Word of God

As a Church, we need to Pray Together!

  • Acts 2:42-47  They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
  • Praying
  • Unity
  • Love

We are the Church!


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