Way too many Churches in America have been built on the foundations of man..and not JESUS!!!!
From my hero of faith Charles Stanley!
What Is the Church?
The church is not a building; it’s the body of believers headed by Jesus.
Most people think of the church as a building, but that’s not the biblical definition. It isn’t merely a meeting place for social interaction, scriptural instruction, and service projects. Rather, the church is composed of all those who have been redeemed by Christ. He is the head of church, and believers are called His body.
In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” He was referring to the entire body of Christ, which is composed of all believers worldwide from every generation. The church began on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came and filled Jesus’ followers, and it will continue until the rapture of the church, when believers in Christ will be caught up to meet Him in the sky (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Until then, our job as Christ’s body is to follow our Head. We’re not the ones in charge; He is. The Lord builds His church, but He uses us to make disciples, baptizing and teaching them to obey all His commands (Matthew 28:19-20). We don’t come up with our own plans; we simply follow His.
Billy Graham said this, “The prophets who spoke to their generations for God did not please and conform, they opposed anything that did not honor the Lord.” That is missing in the pulpit of many Churches in America. The Church, as a whole, has become like the world!