Dr. Tony Evans: Keys To the Kingdom

Theology can be either so esoteric that its useless for anything but discussion or it can be so simple that it loses its trancendancy

theology that does not tuch life is great information you can do nothing with


The law of first mention takes us to Matthew 16 because it is the first mention of the church both by chronology and the first mention of the church by it’s head.
(Ephesians is Paul’s exegesis of the church).

Matthew 16:13-20- you here is plural
who do “y’all” say I am.
Peter answers a question which wasn’t addressed strictly to him. … Peter, he says, is the leader of the group and thus he answers as a group representative.

Simon means pebble
Peter means stone
Rock means a collection of smaller stones coalesced together.

The most important thing you can do is to build a leadership team.

ecclesia is an elected body who would make legislative decisions for the benefit of the people whom they represent.

The Gates of Hell: Throughout the OT the gates is a place of legislation, the elders would meet at the gate for business.

The ecclesia is going to make legal decisions which the gates of hell cannot override.

It’s not about sovereignty against free will. It’s sovereignty saying at he beginning “Let them rule” Thus it is our will wrapped inside of he sovereignty of God. It’s football field. God sovereignly defines the field and we run around on it wherever we want, we just can’t cross the lines.

2 peter 3:9 God won’t move until we seek him.

Matthew 16:19
bind means to stop, restrict
Loose means to permit,
I’m going to give you the right to say what will and won’t work. This is a legal issue.

This is why holding God to his word is critical.

Take up your keyring. Set legislation, take up your word of God and put it into action. When you do that – you will see God respond with what he’s doing.

You want the church built? use the keys.