Ecclesiastical Amnesia

Matthew 16:13-20 – What exactly makes a church? Is the church simply Christians around the world? Is it wherever Christians gather? Is it individual Christians worshipping? What’s the function of the church? Is it fellowship, worship, the sacraments? Do I have any responsibility to the church other than just showing up? Matthew 16 says the church has the “keys to the kingdom.” What does this mean? How can the church possibly “bind” and “loose?” Let’s look at how Jesus establishes the church to find out.