Who is the real Church? On what basis was it founded?Many religious groups claim that they-and they alone-are the one true Church. Upon whose authority is the true Church founded? Who's right? Finally, once the Church's true identity is established, what are its responsibilities to a lost and dying world, in desperate need of answers? By what means will life's answers be shown and given to those who are in need-spiritually, physically, materially, and financially? The Bible-the only Book God ever authored-gives us the answer in Matthew 16:13-20. When asked by Jesus who Peter believed Jesus to be, Peter responded, "You are the Christ, the son of the living God". Jesus then told Peter that His Church would be built upon this rock (confession). God built His Church on Jesus Christ-no one or anything else.
As the Church, the Body of Christ, we represent Jesus to a lost and dying world. We are the hands and feet which God, by Jesus the Head, uses to bring salvation (including healing and prosperity) to those without Christ. Mark 16:17-18 says that we (believers-the Church) are to lay hands on the sick and they (the sick) shall recover. God supplies the healing; we supply the hands, as well as the willingness to lay hands on the sick. God is the healer; we are the "hands" God operates through.