Peter, you are the rock on which I will build my church.

Do you remember the nursery rhyme “The wise man build his house upon a rock?
A simple nursery rhyme that tells us a fundamental truth: if we want to build to last we need to choose our foundation wisely and carefully and the house we build will stand firm and withstand the storms of life.

The Bible tells us that Jesus chose a rock upon which He built His church.

When asked what the disciples thought who Jesus was Peter openly declared his faith in Jesus the Messiah, the Christ. Jesus answered: “Peter, you are the rock on which I will build my church.”

But why did our Lord choose Peter – wasn’t he also the one who sank because his faith wasn’t strong enough and the same who denied knowing the Lord three times before the cock crowed for fear of his life?
Peter had moments of spectacular weakness, doubt and fear. At the same time Peter was ready to confess Jesus as the Christ. And it was Peter who dared to step out of that boat and who walked on the water trusting entirely in God.

The church of Christ has been built upon rock and – two thousand years on – is standing firm in a variety of different denominations, different styles of worship and some differences in theology – yet we are united as the one Church by our faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God.

In our town we are blessed with a strong Churches in Bicester – though theologically we have our differences – we are united in the faith in Christ and belief that God is calling us to build his kingdom in this place.

Peter wasn’t perfect – nor do we as the living body of Christ get it right all the time.

Like Peter each one of us is called to be a disciple of Christ – to learn from our Lord – believe and trust in Him alone and to the best of our God-given ability follow His guidance and His will for our lives. At times we are weak and fail, are full of doubt and fear – as long as we build our lives on Christ as foundation our house of faith will stand firm.

As Christians we are not perfect but live in the knowledge of Christ’s love and forgiveness.

 

 

 

 

Rev. Verena Breed

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