The Church
Belongs to Christ!
The Church Belongs to Christ Because…
• He built it (Matthew 16:18)
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 Hades shall not prevail against it.
Jesus’ statement, in response to Peter’s
confession (vs. 16), “You are the Christ, the
Son of the living God.”
The Church Belongs to Christ Because…
• He built it (Matthew 16:18)
• He is its foundation
(1 Corinthians 3:11)
1 Corinthians 3:11
For no other foundation can anyone lay than
that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
We build upon the foundation, (by
preaching to and converting others), but
there is no other foundation than Christ.
“So then neither he who plants is anything,
nor he who waters, but God who gives the
increase.” (vs. 7)
The Church Belongs to Christ Because…
• He built it (Matthew 16:18)
• He is its foundation
(1 Corinthians 3:11)
• He is its chief corner stone
(Ephesians 2:19-21)
Ephesians 2:19-21
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers
and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the
saints and members of the household of God, 20
having been built on the foundation of the
apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself
being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the
whole building, being joined together, grows into
a holy temple in the Lord.
The chief stone in importance, as well as
honor and significance
The Church Belongs to Christ Because…
• He built it (Matthew 16:18)
• He is its foundation
(1 Corinthians 3:11)
• He is its chief corner stone
(Ephesians 2:19-21)
• He purchased it with His blood (Acts 20:28)
Acts 20:28
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all
the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has
made you overseers, to shepherd the church of
God which He purchased with His own blood.
The Church Belongs to Christ Because…
• He built it (Matthew 16:18)
• He is its foundation
(1 Corinthians 3:11)
• He is its chief corner stone
(Ephesians 2:19-21)
• He purchased it with His blood (Acts 20:28)
• He is its head (Ephesians 5:23)
Ephesians 5:23
For the husband is head of the wife, as also
Christ is head of the church; and He is the
Savior of the body.
Position of authority and responsibility. As
the woman belongs to the man alone in
marriage, the church belongs solely to
Christ.
The Church Belongs to Christ Because…
• He built it (Matthew 16:18)
• He is its foundation
(1 Corinthians 3:11)
• He is its chief corner stone
(Ephesians 2:19-21)
• He purchased it with His blood (Acts 20:28)
• He is its head (Ephesians 5:23)
• He governs its worship (John 4:24)
John 4:24
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him
must worship in spirit and truth.
It is Christ who has established:
• Our worship must be with the proper spirit
• Our worship must be in accord with His will
(truth)
“When He comes he will tell us all things” vs. 25
“I who speak to you am He [the Christ]” vs. 26
The Church Belongs to Christ Because…
• He built it (Matthew 16:18)
• He is its foundation
(1 Corinthians 3:11)
• He is its chief corner stone
(Ephesians 2:19-21)
• He purchased it with His blood (Acts 20:28)
• He is its head (Ephesians 5:23)
• He governs its worship (John 4:24)
• He assigned its work (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Ephesians 4:11-16
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some
prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and
teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work
of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till
we all come to the unity of the faith and of the
knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the
measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;… 15
but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all
things into Him who is the head--Christ-- 16 from whom
the whole body, joined and knit together by what every
joint supplies, according to the effective working by
which every part does its share, causes growth of the
body for the edifying of itself in love.
The Church Belongs to Christ Because…
• He built it (Matthew 16:18)
• He is its foundation
(1 Corinthians 3:11)
• He is its chief corner stone
(Ephesians 2:19-21)
• He purchased it with His blood (Acts 20:28)
• He is its head (Ephesians 5:23)
• He governs its worship (John 4:24)
• He assigned its work (Ephesians 4:11-16)
• He is its Savior (Ephesians 5:23)
Ephesians 5:23
For the husband is head of the wife, as also
Christ is head of the church; and He is the
Savior of the body.
No man can lay claim to ownership of the
body of Christ. He is its head and savior.
Conclusion
Since the church
(the body of Christ)
belongs to Him, we
should wear His
name, submit to His will, and
proclaim our allegiance to Him
and Him alone as our Lord and
Savior.