A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHURCH FELLOWSHIP

YOU'RE a fisherman in Galilee, wise in the way of fish, just learning how to be wise in the way of capturing human hearts. And the leader of your group has just given you a new name. He's called you "a rock," in fact—and said he was going to found his church on "this rock."

Jesus had asked his disciples who they thought he was. And Peter said he thought Jesus was "the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 16:16). Unlettered as he was, Peter's spiritual sense enabled him to see that Jesus' ministry, or church, was evidence of God's love for humanity—evidence of the active, living God, who was right with people, healing them, saving them, guiding them. That evidence had already transformed Peter's life, and would continue to change it, bringing him through temptation and danger, and into renewal, spiritual authority, and leadership.

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