Saturday, November 08 2008
This is the first sermon preached at Cornerstone Chapel (August 6, 2006). It is being posted as a reminder of our vision...
Matthew 16:13 And coming into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked His disciples, saying, Who do men say Me to be, the Son of Man?
Matthew 16:14 And they said, Some say, John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
Matthew 16:15 He said to them, But who do you say I am?
Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Matthew 16:17 Jesus answered and said to him, You are blessed, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven.
Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
It has often been said that "Rome was not built in a day", but if you travel to Italy today there stands a magnificent city named Rome. I am not sure the history of Rome, but I am sure that it began with one brick.
We can also appreciate the concept that "A journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step". Surely, it would be wonderful and grand if we were able to reach our destination within blink of an eye, but we are governed by the laws of time and physics.
We are part of a brilliant beginning to a chapter in apostolic history that will document a church that experiences the power of Pentecost. This chapter will be filled with those experiencing the infilling of the Holy Ghost and baptism in Jesus name as in the book of Acts. It will document the healing of the sick, the deliverance of those bound by sin and the preaching of the apostolic doctrine. Cornerstone Chapel will be a church that impacts its community while carrying the burden for the lost around the world. It will be a place that will build leaders, pastors, evangelists and missionaries. Cornerstone Chapel will preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to those that hunger for the Word and pray for those that need a touch from the Master.
Cornerstone Chapel will be a giving church. It will sacrifice its time and money to reach those that have not felt the love of Jesus Christ. We will support with prayer and finances missionaries that have been called to foreign countries and North America.
Cornerstone Chapel will be a place of refuge for the people of our community. A place that the love of Jesus Christ will flow freely with the joy and peace found through the Holy Ghost. It will be a place that friends, families and neighbors can experience Psalms 36:7
How precious is Your loving-kindness, O God! And the sons of men take refuge under the shadow of Your wing.
I do not say these things because I will them, but because I believe them. They are not "sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal", but the promises of God written in the scripture. Jesus stated in
Matthew 16:18 ...and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The church is not built on shifting sand, but on the Rock that is Jesus Christ.
Psalms 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress;
There is no principality, power or ruler of darkness that can triumph over the church for the Bible states in
I John 4:4 ...because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
The power given to us through the Holy Ghost is well documented throughout the scripture. The church of the New Testament witnessed miracles and according to the scripture we can still see the same healings and blessings that the first church witnessed:
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Cornerstone Chapel is a Spirit - filled church that believes in the power of the Holy Ghost. It is a church that will preach the new birth experience from this day until the rapture of the church. It is not enough to feel the Spirit of God, but we want you to experience the Holy Spirit. The church is not a building or a physical place, but the people of God. It is written.
1Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
How do we experience the New Birth? Jesus was approached by a man named Nicodemus in the 3rd chapter of John. While speaking to Nicodemus, Jesus told him in
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.