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The Church Has a Great Future!

In spite of the times in which we are living, I believe that the church and body of Christ will emerge as a glorious church.  The gates of hell and all of the attacks of hell will not prevail against it, because our God reigns, and His word will be exalted in all the world.  Our Lord and King Jesus Christ was born and is exalted as King over all the earth for this purpose!

Matthew 16:13, "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? vs. 14, And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  vs. 15,  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  vs. 16, And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. vs. 17, And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is 
in heaven. Matthew vs. 18, And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, andupon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." 

I. MY FIRST REASON FOR BELIEVING THAT THE CHURCH HAS A GREAT FUTURE IS BECAUSE GOD DELIGHTS IN USING IMPERFECT PEOPLE. 

A. When God builds a church, God always uses weak people. 
B. He uses people that we probably wouldn't have chosen for the job, and also didn't 
    believe they were qualified for the job themselves.
C. The apostle Peter was a weak person, he had what we call "foot in mouth disease." 

1 Corinthians 1:26, "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: vs. 27, But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; vs. 28, And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: vs. 29, That no flesh should glory in his presence." 

Ephesians 2:20-22, "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; vs. 21, In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: vs. 22, In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."  

God uses our strengths, but often God chooses to use us at the greatest area of our weakness.  Think about the following reasons why:

A. While the church is a divine creation, it is made up of imperfect 
    human beings. 
B. The church won't be perfect until the Lord's return. 
C. The good news is that the Lord chooses to work in our weaknesses to show his glory so that he gets the glory and we don't.
D. That's why I'm confident that the church has a great future. 
E. We don't have to depend on our own strengths to build the church. 
F. We don't need a collection of superstars who have an elitist attitude. 
G. We don't need unusual talent. 
H. What we do need is normal, everyday people, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. 

The second reason I'm confident that the church has a great future is this: 

II. CHRIST IS BUILDING THE CHURCH ACCORDING TO MATHEW 16:18

A. Christ established the church!  Jesus said, "I will build my church..." In other words, Jesus would handle the building process. Even though God chooses to use us as his instruments, ultimately it is Jesus who is building his church.
B. It is HIS church, not our church! 
C. Our prospects are as bright as the prospects of Christ himself.  He is the Master builder, and Christ builds his church in the midst of challenging settings.  In fact, the place Jesus chose for His church was interesting.  Jesus took his disciples to Gentile territory, in the region of Caesarea Philippi.  They were about two hundred kilometers from Jerusalem in the northern part of Palestine.  It was a place known for its pagan religions, and it had been a center for Baal worship.  One scholar counts 14 temples of Baal worship in the area.
D. We don't build the church we wouldn't know how to build a church if our lives depended on it.  "Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain."  (Psalms 127:1)  

III. THE GATES OF HELL WILL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT (Matthew 16:18)
A. Jesus promised that he would always cause his people to triumph over Satan and his army. 
B. Satan leads a doomed army that will be cast into the lake of fire at the appointed time. 
(Revelation 20:10)
C. You and I have no idea how much Satan fears a church that is empowered by the Spirit.
Do you remember those game shows where the results were rigged.  It looked like a game, but in reality the winner had been decided before the game even began to the outside observer.  The battle between the church and Satan might look like a close one but listen: 

The Winner has already been decided! 
The Church will prevail! 
The Victory has already been won!

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. vs. 2, And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. vs. 3, And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them,    and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 

It is our prayer that this blog post has been an inspiration and a blessing to you. Please let us know by sharing your comments with us.  We certainly look forward to hearing from you.  God bless you!


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Dr. Stanley D. Williams on Saturday, December 01, 2012 10:45 AM
As usual Dr. Bethtina, you have given us a prolific perspective. Your explanation of the Church and its people is very precise and profound. I see the Church victorious because God is with the Church, the truth is "If God is for you who can be against you." Furthermore, I see the Church as the best place to be when Christ returns. He did not say He was returning for anything except His Church. I understand that to be a believer does not mean absolute perfection, but it does mean that we are constantly being perfected and as long as the Church allows God to wash it with the word it will be victorious. The sacrifice made to bring the organization called the Church into existence was and is so great and precious until no one can neglect it. God gave up His Son so that we might be saved, that's a big deal. Romans 5:6-10, "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." We did not have the strength to save ourselves so God allowed His Son to be abused so people like you and me could live, have a future and a hope, and that's a big deal. I love the Church and it's people and even though we are not perfect we are saved. Thank God for the glorious Church of Jesus Christ.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Saturday, December 01, 2012 3:15 PM
Praise the Lord my dear husband! Apostle Stanley, as always you have shared a wonderful synopsis and insight with us concerning why "The Church Has a Great Future!" We must never forget the great sacrifice that God made by sending Jesus Christ His only begotten Son to die for the world, and as a result the Church was born as God's redemptive vehicle in the earth! When the true purpose of the body of Christ and the Church is understood, then it will become more effective in affecting and impacting the nations of the world for the Kingdom and Glory of God. God is coming back for a glorious church, not a defeated anemic group of people who don't know who they are in God and who their God is! A glorious church is a magnificent, valiant, victorious church as the (ecclesia, Gk.) governmental body that is ordained and appointed by God to enforce the legislative policies of His Kingdom until the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of or Lord and of His Christ! (Revelations 11:15) God in His sovereignty has chosen the church to reveal His glory through, and the best part about it is that everyone who is apart of His body will be carriers of the Glory in this life, and reign with Him forevermore! Amen.


Toiya Moffatt on Sunday, December 02, 2012 8:12 AM
God always uses the most unlikely means and vessels to fulfill His plans. I truly agree and believe with you that this is a time where a seasonal shift in the spiritual realm has occurred that will cause the body of Christ to prosper and propel into destiny unlike never before, because God predestined it. As you mentioned it is important to note that it not the perception of perfection that qualifies us but the willingness to conform to His image. God bless you and thank you for another insightful and inspiring blog.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, December 03, 2012 7:10 PM
Toiya, thank you for sharing your comments on our community blog. They are greatly appreciated! First of all, it is imperative that we comprehend who Christ is relative to our salvation and the impartation that He made in our hearts at the point of salvation to comprehend who we are, and what we are called to do. It is when we have understanding that we begin to see the riches of His inheritance to the saints begin to manifest. When we think about glory and power we must consider at as it relates to the Kingdom of God above and beyond the earth realm. When we think about wealth, the blessing, and God's protection in our lives, we must also think of these things relative to His Kingdom as well, or the true intent will be perverted to cater to the natural carnal man instead of glorifying God in the world that we live in. Again, thank you for sharing with us again. Optimum Kingdom Blessings!


Candice Mimms on Wednesday, December 05, 2012 12:56 AM
God has a mind of His own. The bible describes how His thoughts and ways are above our thoughts and ways just as the heaven is from the earth. This is how He can choose imperfect individuals and do great things through them. God is definitely looking to see who He can show Himself strong in. God bless you Dr. Williams.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Friday, December 07, 2012 5:24 PM
Candice, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us in this month's community blog. It is true, God uses plain ordinary people to do His will, an will actually give them something that is much bigger than they are in order to get all of the Glory in the end. It's never about us, except for the fact that God wants willing vessels who will allow Him to manifest His awesome power through us, and enjoy the wonderful results when the victory is won through the Anointed One on the inside of us. God bless you and I look forward to hearing from you again next time.


Nikki Godbolt on Thursday, December 06, 2012 10:51 PM
This word give me peace! Because when we truly understand whose team we're on, we will rejoice, because with Christ we already have the victory! No matter what the devil tries to bring our way, the battle has already been fought and the victory won! When God said no weapon formed against us shall prosper, he meant just what he said! What an Awesome God we serve! God Bless you Apostle B, Love ya!
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Saturday, December 08, 2012 10:43 AM
Wonderful Nikki! Thank you for sharing your comments on our blog. It is very true that "no weapon formed against us shall prosper." We have to believe it and invoke the authority of God's Word over and against every weapon strategy and device which the adversary uses to try to defeat us. It is the authority of God's Word that breaks every fetter, destroys every yoke, and removes every burn so that we come out on top, with great victory in Jesus Name! Again, thank you for sharing. We look forward to next time. Optimum Kingdom Blessings!!!


Tracie Fields on Saturday, December 08, 2012 5:33 PM
Knowing who God is and who we are in Him will give us peace about the future of the church. When everything around us appears to be the exact opposite of what the word of God says we can rely on what the word says: " And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." God will use who ever is willing to be used to ensure that his word is true. God can not lie. I'm looking forward to what God will do through me to get done what He wants done. I consider myself to be perfect at only one thing and that's being imperfect. So being imperfect and willing qualifies me to be able to be used by God to ensure that the future for the Church is great. Thank you as always for these teachings Apostle Beth.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, December 10, 2012 12:14 PM
Tracie, thank you for sharing your comment on our community blog. Your insight and awareness that God almost always uses those who are imperfect as far as how the world sees, to carry out His will is great! Remember Gideon, God called him a "mighty man of valor". (Judges 6:12) Gideon was mightily used by God to destroy the Midianites,but he didn't look like the quintessential picture of the kind of person or leader that could carry out such an enormous responsibility successfully.(Judges 7:19-8:21) It is for this reason that we must understand and recognize that God doesn't see as man sees, and He doesn't look for perfect people, but willing people to achieve great victories for the Kingdom of God. God bless you.


Marsha Wilson on Saturday, December 08, 2012 7:13 PM
What an encouraging blog! What came to mind after reading it was the awesomeness of God. Only He can take what we might consider insignificant and even in some cases worthless and make it spectacular and glorious. Some may look at the church and the things that are going on in our world today and think, wow this is a hot mess, BUT GOD!!!!! As stated in the blog "The Winner has already been decided!" "The Church will prevail!" "The Victory has already been won!" Optimum blessing Apostle Beth
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:39 PM
Amen Marsha, I am so glad to know that the blog has been meaningful and a blessing to you. I am especially glad that it has encouraged your faith in God to know His awesome power and ability to use anyone that will avail themselves to reflect His glory in these last days. God bless you.


Latresa Lawson on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 7:01 PM
This Word is very encouraging and right on time for me. God is so Awesome, not only does He pick us up after we have fallen, but He gives us unconditional love, favor, and victory!! It truly gives me peace to know my end from the beginning of situation and circumstance that comes against me. Thank you Apostle Beth for allowing the Lord to use you to bless His people.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:43 PM
Latresa, thank you for sharing your comments on our community blog. The truth is that no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper. God is in charge of your life from beginning to end. Therefore, every battle is already won, and you will emerge victoriously as you acknowledge God in all of your ways. He will bring to pass everything He promised, and the best part is that your adversaries can't stop it as long as you remain in agreement with God's word. Amen.


Brian Brewer on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:34 AM
Thank you and God bless you Dr. Williams for sharing such a well-timed and inspirational message. I believe oftentimes we can let how others perceive us detour us from becoming all that God preordained us to be. Even our own insecurities can become an obstacle to the grace that God has put on our lives. In the case of Gideon, he thought of himself as the very least in his family, but God purposed him to be a mighty warrior that would deliver a nation. It doesn’t matter where you have been or what people think, but that you are in alignment with His will for your life.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:47 PM
Brian thank you for sharing your insights with us on our community blog. God sees beyond the natural, and He knows what He place on the inside of each one of us. So, in spite of our background, who our family is or may not be, the criticism and negativity of others, God still has a great purpose for our lives, and He will fulfill it as we allow Him to. Nothing and no one can stop what God has ordained as long as the recipient of the promised stands and holds onto His promise. Optimum Kingdom Blessings!!!


Katrina Madden on Friday, December 14, 2012 1:19 AM
God wants to use us in our imperfection all he is waiting for is for us to yeild ourselves to him wholeheartedly. In turn he will begin to perfect us in him for his glory! Thank you! This was very encouraging to me!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:59 PM
Hello Katrina, isn't it good to know that God will use us in spite of our imperfections. 2 Corinthians 12:10 says, "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (NIV) It's so amazing that the very thing that we naturally would think would eliminate us from being eligible or qualified to be used by God is the very reason who He will use us, and why He alone gets all of the glory! No one loves us like God right in the midst of our weaknesses. You can imagine the love of the Savior for you. It is beyond the natural, will give you a future and a hope according to Jeremiah 29:11. Our God is so awesome, who wouldn't serve a God like Him? Katrina, keep believe in His ability to use you exceedingly and abundantly beyond all that you ask or think. Amen.

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