When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
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. And I tell you that you are Peter,and on this rock I will build my church…
In this generation, we have organizations of all shapes and sizes that call themselves “church” on every street corner. Not everything that calls itself church, however, is truly the church of Jesus Christ.
So how can we discern for ourselves what is really church? This passage holds major keys to help us.
The true church is built on the foundation of revelation knowledge of Jesus and His purposes in the Earth. The name “Peter” means rock, but Jesus did not mean that He would build the church on the personality of Peter, or on His apostleship, but on the revelation that he flowed in at that moment, concerning who He was.
When you go to church is Jesus revealed?
Is the service Jesus-focused or man-focused? Do you learn about ways to solve life’s problems by following certain instructions, or do you meet with the person of Jesus Himself, who is the Author and Finisher of your faith?
So many people hit a dead end in churches that are built on the personality of the main man or woman. Church celebrities appear as pastors, worship leaders, prophets, apostles and bishops. People flock to enjoy their charisma for an hour and go away lifted and excited as they would do if their team had won at the game, or they had been to a concert. But there is no revelation of Jesus.
The church should not be a feel-good pill.
At El-Shaddai we are committed to revealing Jesus. We refuse to be man-focused; and that means that whether Star and I are present in a service or not, the focus is on Jesus Christ, because He alone is the main Man.
When we come to church, it’s not about us. It’s about Jesus. And as we lift Him up, we access the supernatural realm for which we were born again.