Jesus, His Church, and His Mission – Part 1
I preached this past Sunday evening from Matthew 16:13-18. It was my introductory sermon to a series I’m beginning in October entitled, “Jesus, His Church, and His Mission”. I’ve been fascinated with the strong lines that are drawn between these three topics–Christology, Eccleisiology, and Missiology. In my series I hope to examine how each of these themes builds on the other.
My main goal in this frist sermon was to give a taste of the series without preaching the whole series in one sermon. The text I chose tied these themes together well. First, Jesus receives Peter’s confession that Jesus was indeed “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Second, Jesus goes on to describe the church as a group of people that he himself builds. Third he gives the church the mission of assualting the gates of Hell–a metaphor for death in all its manifestations.