"Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it."--Jesus Christ
The church is not brick and mortar. The church is not a denomination. The church is the union of all believers in Jesus Christ. The Bible describes the church as 'the body of Christ.' No matter what our origin, our nationality or language, our race or ethnic background, or our denomination to which we belong, we are united together in Christ in one world-wide body that knows no artificial or man-made boundaries.
I am a Baptist in the traditional sense. But I know that the church of Jesus Christ extends far beyond the Baptist denomination. I have Christian brothers and sisters in every denomination, every language and nation, every race and ethnicity. We are united by our faith in the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Anyone, anywhere, who truly believes that Christ came to die for our sins on the Cross, shedding His blood for our salvation, and then rose victorious from the grave is a part of this world-wide body of believers.
And nothing will ever prevail against it, not even the very gates of Hell.
Prayer--"O God, we thank you that we have this privilege of being in this church, this world-wide body of your people, united together by our common faith in your divinity, death, and resurrection. Remind us that nothing will ever succeed in dividing us. You have promised that this glorious church will remain, no matter what the opposition. We praise your holy name. Amen."
Song--A gem by the group First Call, entitled, 'Undivided.' Click on the title for the video.