Jesus Christ's Church
Jesus Christ has a church. Jesus Christ has founded his church. He is the chief corner stone of the church. The prophets and apostles are built on him. Jesus Christ adds to his church.
Here are the scriptures from which I have learned:
Early Church Records
Act 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us...
Was this Moses' church in the wilderness? Did Moses found a church? I don't believe so. I believe this is Jesus Christ's church.
Church Founder - Jesus Christ
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Here I see that the church or people of God are likened to a building, with the foundation of Jesus Christ. So this is why I say Jesus Christ is the "founder" of the church. I think the word "founder" implies the corner stone or builder of an organization or body of people. So I think it is appropriate to call Jesus Christ the founder of his church.
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Here I believe Jesus Christ is telling Peter that he (Jesus Christ) is the rock on which his church is built.
1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
Jesus Christ's Church Can Be Known
Mat 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Here Jesus Christ it telling how to deal with offense and trespasses in the church. As part of his instruction, he says to tell the matter to the church. If the church could not be known, then how could a person obey Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ Adding to the Church
Act 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
To me it doesn't look like the apostles added to the church, nor any other men. It looks to me like the Lord added to the church. When I read "Lord" here, I don't get any impression that it is referring to anyone else other than our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Church Is A Group of People
Act 5:11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
I have never seen a building have fear before, but obviously a group of people can. From what I read in scripture, the church of Jesus Christ is a group of people, who the Lord Jesus Christ adds to as he wants. The apostles evidently knew who the church was and that they had great fear.
Act 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
If a person was going to destroy a building, they why would they enter people's houses? To me, I see that the church are people, and more specifically, regular men and women who live in houses. That is why Saul entered into the houses, to get to the church or people who believed in Jesus Christ.
Church Locations and Church Relocations
Act 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Again, more evidence showing that the church are people/believers in Jesus Christ. It says there was persecution against the church (again people knew who the church was/ who the people were) and that the church were all scattered abroad. So here we have people being scattered around as they evidently fled from the people persecuting them.
Acts also refers to the church which was at Jerusalem. So the church can be in many geographical locations, and the church in one location is referred to as the "the church in Jerusalem".
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|To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. - Jesus Christ speaking to Saul, see Act 26:18, see Salvation through Jesus Christ.|