The Relevance of the Church

Steve Petroelje

READ : Matthew 16:13-20

You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. (v. 18)

When Jesus spoke about building his church to Peter and the disciples, he was speaking about a movement, not a facility. He was referring to the body of Christ, the living Christian church that has spread throughout the world.

Methods of ministry may change, but nothing can defeat the church that Jesus Christ calls us to be a part of. The church, according to Jesus in Matthew 16, is on the offensive. This text does not portray evil advancing against the church, but the church advancing against the evil of our culture. We are to be people of God empowered by God to reach out with the good news. When this happens, not even the gates of Hades can prevail against the work of God.

The church will always be relevant because the message that we are called to proclaim is always relevant. Are you and the church you are a part of seeking to be comfortable in your culture or are you standing up against it? Are we reaching out in active ministry or retreating into a fortress mentality?


Jesus, head of the church, help us as members of your body to be relevant and effective witnesses for you. Amen.