Two Assumptions About the Church
A special message brought to SGF by David Pinckney. David is the pastor of River of Grace Church in Concord, New Hampshire. He’s the co-director of Acts 29’s Rural Collective and an area lead in for Acts 29 in Northern New England. David also serves on the Small Town Summits team at TGC.
Matthew 16:13-23 CSB
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  “But you,” he asked them, “who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus responded, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven.  And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven.”  Then he gave the disciples orders to tell no one that he was the Messiah.  From then on Jesus began to point out to his disciples that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day.  Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, “Oh no, Lord! This will never happen to you!”  Jesus turned and told Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns but human concerns.”
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