Jesus said, I will build my Church (Mat. 16:18)
So, Letâs see what is a Church according to Lord Jesus Christ.
What is a Church ?
When people hear the word âChurchâ, suddenly an image of a huge building attached to Altar, Parish Hall and all kinds of amenities with a cross on the top of the building is coming to their mind. On the other hand, the image or understanding of non-Christians on the Church are either Catholic or Protestant. If we take the history of the world, we can see that a countless number of churches built in different visions, fashions and dimensions all over the world according to that countryâs culture, like Church of Rome,
However, truly, our Lord Jesus Christ meant a âChurchâ in the earth according to a one mentioned above, built by stones, cement and other building materials? Surely, the answer is NO. Because, according to the Holy Bible, God has given always a pattern of the Church right from the beginning of man.
Pattern in Hebrew is âTABNIYTHâ, which means, a model, figure, form or likeness. In Greek, it is âTUPOSâ, which means, a model, shape, type or die. The other word for pattern in the Bible is âFashionâ. Fashion in Hebrew is âMISHPATâ, which means form, manner, measure or order. Hence, the pattern of the Church (Ecclesia â Called out or Separated for God) is started from the time of Noah (
David received the pattern by the Holy Spirit (1 Chr. 28:12). Hence, we believe that Noah, Moses and Peter also received the pattern by the Holy Spirit. David says, the Lord made me understand in writing by his hand upon me even all the works of this pattern (1 Chr. 28:19). Peter was an illiterate Fisherman, while David was a Shepherd. The Holy Spirit made Peter to understand the pattern of the Church. Paul says to the
The Lord spoke to Moses and said, make me a sanctuary (Exd. 25:9). The Sanctuary was not for Moses, but for the Lord. In another instance, the Lord spoke to David and said, Solomon shall build My House (1 Chr. 28:6). This house was not for David or Solomon, but for the Lord. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ said to Peter, upon this rock, I will build My Church, the gates of Hell (Hades) shall not prevail against it (Church). Here also, the Church is for Jesus Christ. Hence, Peter laid the pattern of the Church. The same pattern was preached by Philip in
First teaching of the Church
The foundation of the Church we see first in Acts. 2 : 37- 47
 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (KJV)
Just read carefully the words, 41-Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 - And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers and 47 - Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. So, anybody who is not fitting on the above scriptures, God will not add him/her to His Church. Only God has authority and power to add souls to His Church.Rest all (worldly denominations/organizations/nominal churches/gatherings/fellowships/ groups/Trusts etc.) will be out of Church and God is nothing to do with them.
The Jews never understood that Jesus was Godâs manifestation in flesh when Jesus spoke to them for 3 years. They could not realize that the Pillar of Fire came in the form of
So, the Disciples were confident enough on what they were preached and taught. Because, they seen him (Jesus) and his glory, heard from him, touched him, walked with him, slept with him, ate with him, witnessed miracles and wonders and Jesus revealed to them the mystery of heavenly Kingdom.
Truth is hidden to wise and prudent (so called Bishops, Priests, Pastors, Bible Pandits, Teachers, Scholars and Scientists of this world) but truth is revealed to the Babes (Fishermen â Jesus Christâs Disciples). Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. [Acts. 4 :13].
Therefore, it is understood that there is no confusion or division among the Apostles about Jesus Christ and Church doctrine, because the Spirit they were received was one and same Spirit.
Therefore, we can understand that, the Lord added to the members of His Church were, who followed the Apostolic Doctrines.If any church which is not continuing stedfastly in the apostles' doctrines, they are not Godâs.
So, you judge yourself which is Godâs Church in the earth and your position. The so called churches what we see today in the earth who do not follow the Apostolic doctrines are merely organizations only, and not the Churches. Is it difficult to digest ? Do you agree with this ?
However, any Church, irrespective of caste, creed, colour or nations follow the Apostolic doctrines rigidly, anywhere in the world in any name, Lord add to them in His Church, as He did in Pentecost day, in the 1st century. Our Lord cannot change or deviate from his original activity. Because, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Heb. 13 : 8)
Open your eyes wide and see, for what reasons, the Disciples were stoned, beaten, persecuted, tortured, jailed, executed and martyred ? Because the sake of Jesusâ Name.
Therefore, anybody preach against of their doctrine, they will be cursed, according the above scripture. Otherwise, who have got the authority to change the original doctrines once delivered to us by Apostolic Fathers, chosen by our Lord Jesus Christ himself, when he was on earth ?
Submitted for the glory of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
Bro. Abrahamkutty P.G.