“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Jesus’ perspective towards His church is that He wants it to be built. We live in times when church is increasingly becoming unpopular because of worldly believers who have infiltrated our churches. God never wanted the church to be an insignificant force in this world because of its inability to grow, but He wants His church to grow and become a great influence by reaching the lost for Christ.
When you consider the church, you must understand that the church is not a building, but it is the people who comprise that local church. If the church is going to be built, that means that Christ will have to build the people of that church. The definitions of the word “build” in the verse above shows what it will take for Christ to build your church.
First, the word “build” means to assemble. The church will never be built when the people who comprise it stay home. You cannot have a strong church when people are hit-and-miss in attendance. You say that you love your church, but how can you say you love it when you are unfaithful to its services? If you truly want Christ to build your church, you must assemble with your church faithfully.
Second, the word “build” means to mold or shape. It takes pressure to mold or shape something. In other words, your church cannot grow or be built without the pressures of hard times. The church often grows through the greatest pressures of life. Likewise, the church cannot be built without someone putting pressure on the people to stay busy. You like to be a part of a growing church, but you don’t like the pastor who puts pressure on the people to get involved. My friend, you cannot see a church be built without someone putting pressure on its people to get involved and to stay faithful.
Third, the word “build” means to grow. Your church will be weak if it doesn’t spiritually grow. A church that numerically grows but doesn’t spiritually grow will crumble when the world puts pressure on the church. The need for you to grow spiritually cannot be expressed enough for the sake of your church. If there is any reason for you to stay faithful to your daily walk with God it is for the sake of Christ being able to build your church.
Fourth, the word “build” means to increase. In other words, God wants your church to increase numerically. Desiring a small church numerically is not a Christly mindset. There is nothing wrong with a small church, but you should desire and work for your church to increase numerically. You should continually try to bring people to church so that they can get saved, baptized, and be added to the church.
Fifth, the word “build” means to strengthen. The more your church does these previous four things, the stronger your church will become. My friend, none of this happens if the church is not willing to be built on Christ, and if the church doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do to be built. The church is never built by sitting, but by serving and reaching the lost for Christ. This is what Christ came to do. You are part of your church, so if you don’t do these five things, you are contributing to the demise of your church. Don’t be a cancer to your church, but be part of the solution that does these five things that causes Christ to build your church.