The New Testament Church

  • June 30, 2020
Tuesday 30

Matthew 16:13-18

Today the word church is often used differently than the way Scripture defines it. We tend to think of a building with a steeple, a morning or evening service, or even a potluck get-together. In the Bible, however, “church” means a body of believers under the authority of their leader, Jesus Christ (Col. 1:18). And according to God’s Word, the church has three purposes: worship of the Lord, ministry to believers, and outreach to an unbelieving world.

When we exalt the living God and glorify His name, we show our Father that we love Him. Psalm 100:2-4 encourages us to “come before Him with joyful singing” and to “enter His gates with thanksgiving and ... praise.” Christians should be both personally and corporately devoted to God. Teaching and encouraging brothers and sisters produces spiritual fruit in them (Heb. 10:24-25; Col. 3:16). Then they can spread the good news in their own sphere of influence—that through God’s Son, there is not only forgiveness of sin but also life eternal.

Christians meet together regularly to worship, encourage, instruct, and reach those who don’t know Him. In your local fellowship, are you working toward these goals?

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13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"

14 And they said, Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."

15 He said to them, But who do you say that I am?"

16 Simon Peter answered, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

17 And Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.

18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.

3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.

2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;

3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;

4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;

5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

6 The LORD performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed.

7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.

10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

14 For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer.

17 But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children,

18 To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them.

19 The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.

20 Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word!

21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will.

22 Bless the LORD, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the LORD, O my soul!

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty,

2 Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.

3 He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind;

4 He makes the winds His messengers, Flaming fire His ministers.

5 He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not totter forever and ever.

6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment; The waters were standing above the mountains.

7 At Your rebuke they fled, At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.

8 The mountains rose; the valleys sank down To the place which You established for them.

9 You set a boundary that they may not pass over, So that they will not return to cover the earth.

10 He sends forth springs in the valleys; They flow between the mountains;

11 They give drink to every beast of the field; The wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; They lift up their voices among the branches.

13 He waters the mountains from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.

14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the labor of man, So that he may bring forth food from the earth,

15 And wine which makes man's heart glad, So that he may make his face glisten with oil, And food which sustains man's heart.

16 The trees of the LORD drink their fill, The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,

17 Where the birds build their nests, And the stork, whose home is the fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim.

19 He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.

20 You appoint darkness and it becomes night, In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about.

21 The young lions roar after their prey And seek their food from God.

22 When the sun rises they withdraw And lie down in their dens.

23 Man goes forth to his work And to his labor until evening.

24 O LORD, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions.

25 There is the sea, great and broad, In which are swarms without number, Animals both small and great.

26 There the ships move along, And Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it.

27 They all wait for You To give them their food in due season.

28 You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.

29 You hide Your face, they are dismayed; You take away their spirit, they expire And return to their dust.

30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the ground.

31 Let the glory of the LORD endure forever; Let the LORD be glad in His works;

32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD.

35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth And let the wicked be no more. Bless the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD!

1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.

2 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders.

3 Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

4 Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.

5 Remember His wonders which He has done, His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth,

6 O seed of Abraham, His servant, O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!

7 He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth.

8 He has remembered His covenant forever, The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,

9 The covenant which He made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac.

10 Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel as an everlasting covenant,

11 Saying, To you I will give the land of Canaan As the portion of your inheritance,"

12 When they were only a few men in number, Very few, and strangers in it.

13 And they wandered about from nation to nation, From one kingdom to another people.

14 He permitted no man to oppress them, And He reproved kings for their sakes:

15 Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm."

16 And He called for a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread.

17 He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

18 They afflicted his feet with fetters, He himself was laid in irons;

19 Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him.

20 The king sent and released him, The ruler of peoples, and set him free.

21 He made him lord of his house And ruler over all his possessions,

22 To imprison his princes at will, That he might teach his elders wisdom.

23 Israel also came into Egypt; Thus Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

24 And He caused His people to be very fruitful, And made them stronger than their adversaries.

25 He turned their heart to hate His people, To deal craftily with His servants.

26 He sent Moses His servant, And Aaron, whom He had chosen.

27 They performed His wondrous acts among them, And miracles in the land of Ham.

28 He sent darkness and made it dark; And they did not rebel against His words.

29 He turned their waters into blood And caused their fish to die.

30 Their land swarmed with frogs Even in the chambers of their kings.

31 He spoke, and there came a swarm of flies And gnats in all their territory.

32 He gave them hail for rain, And flaming fire in their land.

33 He struck down their vines also and their fig trees, And shattered the trees of their territory.

34 He spoke, and locusts came, And young locusts, even without number,

35 And ate up all vegetation in their land, And ate up the fruit of their ground.

36 He also struck down all the firstborn in their land, The first fruits of all their vigor.

37 Then He brought them out with silver and gold, And among His tribes there was not one who stumbled.

38 Egypt was glad when they departed, For the dread of them had fallen upon them.

39 He spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to illumine by night.

40 They asked, and He brought quail, And satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

41 He opened the rock and water flowed out; It ran in the dry places like a river.

42 For He remembered His holy word With Abraham His servant;

43 And He brought forth His people with joy, His chosen ones with a joyful shout.

44 He gave them also the lands of the nations, That they might take possession of the fruit of the peoples' labor,

45 So that they might keep His statutes And observe His laws, Praise the LORD!

1 Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

2 Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the LORD, Or can show forth all His praise?

3 How blessed are those who keep justice, Who practice righteousness at all times!

4 Remember me, O LORD, in Your favor toward Your people; Visit me with Your salvation,

5 That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones, That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, That I may glory with Your inheritance.

6 We have sinned like our fathers, We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.

7 Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses, But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.

8 Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His name, That He might make His power known.

9 Thus He rebuked the Red Sea and it dried up, And He led them through the deeps, as through the wilderness.

10 So He saved them from the hand of the one who hated them, And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

11 The waters covered their adversaries; Not one of them was left.

12 Then they believed His words; They sang His praise.

13 They quickly forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel,

14 But craved intensely in the wilderness, And tempted God in the desert.

15 So He gave them their request, But sent a wasting disease among them.

16 When they became envious of Moses in the camp, And of Aaron, the holy one of the LORD,

17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, And engulfed the company of Abiram.

18 And a fire blazed up in their company; The flame consumed the wicked.

19 They made a calf in Horeb And worshiped a molten image.

20 Thus they exchanged their glory For the image of an ox that eats grass.

21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt,

22 Wonders in the land of Ham And awesome things by the Red Sea.

23 Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, To turn away His wrath from destroying them.

24 Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe in His word,

25 But grumbled in their tents; They did not listen to the voice of the LORD.

26 Therefore He swore to them That He would cast them down in the wilderness,

27 And that He would cast their seed among the nations And scatter them in the lands.

28 They joined themselves also to Baal-peor, And ate sacrifices offered to the dead.

29 Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds, And the plague broke out among them.

30 Then Phinehas stood up and interposed, And so the plague was stayed.

31 And it was reckoned to him for righteousness, To all generations forever.

32 They also provoked Him to wrath at the waters of Meribah, So that it went hard with Moses on their account;

33 Because they were rebellious against His Spirit, He spoke rashly with his lips.

34 They did not destroy the peoples, As the LORD commanded them,

35 But they mingled with the nations And learned their practices,

36 And served their idols, Which became a snare to them.

37 They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,

38 And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood.

39 Thus they became unclean in their practices, And played the harlot in their deeds.

40 Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against His people And He abhorred His inheritance.

41 Then He gave them into the hand of the nations, And those who hated them ruled over them.

42 Their enemies also oppressed them, And they were subdued under their power.

43 Many times He would deliver them; They, however, were rebellious in their counsel, And so sank down in their iniquity.

44 Nevertheless He looked upon their distress When He heard their cry;

45 And He remembered His covenant for their sake, And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.

46 He also made them objects of compassion In the presence of all their captors.

47 Save us, O LORD our God, And gather us from among the nations, To give thanks to Your holy name And glory in Your praise.

48 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, From everlasting even to everlasting. And let all the people say, Amen." Praise the LORD!

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