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His Victorious Church

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Matthew 16:13–19 NIV84
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

1. Jesus is more than just another

To those without a personal relationship with Jesus, He is just another
What are people saying about Jesus during this COVID 19?
Jesus is more than just a prophet
Jesus is more than just a leader
Jesus is more than just a builder
Jesus is more than just a Savior
Jesus is Lord of all
Jesus is the Word

2. Jesus is the Word

He is the Son of the Living God
He is the Word that went forth and made light
He is the Word that never returns void
He is the Word that is kept
He is the Word that heals
He is the Word that delivers the oppressed
He is the Word that opens blind eyes
If you don’t know Jesus, you don’t know His Church

3. His Church is Victorious

Victory comes from preparation
Victory comes from anticipating the enemy’s moves (know their thoughts)
2 Corinthians 2:11 NIV84
11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
Kevin Spacey’s character said, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing people that he didn’t exist.”
We have to be aware that enemy is fighting the Church
He started in the Garden, he continued with Jesus, he continues with the Church but his schemes remain the same
he temptations were hedonism (hunger/satisfaction), egoism (spectacular throw/might) and materialism (kingdoms/wealth). John the Evangelist in his epistle calls these temptations "in world" as "lust of eyes" (materialism), "lust of body" (hedonism) and "pride of life" (egoism).
Hedonism: the pursuit of pleasure
Egoism: the practice of talking and thinking about oneself excessively because of an undue sense of self-importance
Materialism: a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort more important than spiritual values
Genesis 3:1–6 NIV84
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” 4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Matthew 4:3–4 NIV84
3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
mt 4:3-
Matthew 4:6–7 NIV84
6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
mt 4:6
Matthew 4:9–10 NIV84
9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
mt 4:9-
1 John 2:16 NIV84
16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.

4. His Church is His Bride

His Church will not bow down to the enemy
His Church will conquer
His Church will become His Bride
He will always protect His fiance
He will always protect His Bride

5. Jesus is coming back for a Healthy Church/Bride

Jesus died for the Bride so that the Bride should not fear
Jesus wants a healthy Church not a hiding church
Jesus expects a victorious Church
Now is the time to stand
Do not fear for He is with us
If He is for us, then He is more than the world against us
No weapon formed against us will prosper (even COVID-19)
We are more than conquerors
Walk in your identity - A Victorious Church
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