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What is the foundation of the church?


And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;   Ephesians 2:20

Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Church.  There can never be any other foundation.  And we must be careful how we build because our work will be tested by fire. 

The apostles are built on the foundation of Jesus.  So many organizations have creative little ways to define their doctrines, but God has His own ideas about how doctrine is given to the church.  It's given through the foundational ministries that are built, according to the pattern, on Jesus Christ, the chief corner stone.  Then, those foundational ministries give the foundational doctrines.

  • Matthew 16:18 is the record of Jesus declaring that He would build His church on the foundation, a mighty boulder (Himself) and that Simon was a little stone, indicating that Simon Peter would become part of the foundation.
  • Ephesians 2:19-22 The apostles and prophets become the foundation of the church, and they are built on the Chief Corner Stone, the Lord, Jesus Christ, the only chief apostle.
  • Hebrews 11:10 tells us that Abraham sought a city with foundations.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:10 tells us that the apostles not only are the foundation built on Christ, the Chief Corner Stone, but they lay the foundation.
  • Isaiah 28:16 prophesies the sure foundation. Now, we know that that foundation is Christ and the apostles have become part of the foundation by submission to Christ and by the setting of God.
  • 2 Timothy 2:19 tells of the tremendous stability of this foundation. Though the apostolic offices and much more was lost for centuries, Christ has restored it to the church in that great worldwide move of the Spirit of God that began in 1948. From that time, though some went out from us, God continues to unfold His Kingdom from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
  • Matthew 7:27 tells us that the church cannot stand without the foundation, and this is why Satan has set out to blind so many to this restoration.




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