This series of messages on the life of the church, the body of Christ serves as a follow-up companion volume to “But We See Jesus”; Messages on the Life of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Having come to see Christ Jesus, we are now ready to see His church, about which Jesus had declared this: “I will build my [church], and hades’ gates shall not prevail against it” (Ma hew 16:18b). From this declaration, we realize that the church is not the product of the work of man, but it is the Lord Jesus himself who builds the church. Hence, in Scripture, the church is called “the Christ” (I Corinthians 12:12c; Ephesians 3:4b, 8b Darby).
The New Testament book of Acts gives us a panoramic view of the churches in the rest century. It also provides us with a prophetic picture of the churches throughout the centuries. As we review the histories of these various churches that are narrated for us in Acts, may we learn all the lessons God wants us to learn from them.