Monday, November 10, 2008
Poem - Building the Church
BUILDING THE CHURCH
Matthew 16:18 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.
“The Building of the Kingdom”
A misnomer for the church;
You can’t find it in the gospel
However long you search;
Jesus said to Peter
“Upon this rock I will build my church”
And that firm Rock was He.
We wish folk might separate
The church and kingdom truth;
We crave it for the older ones,
Especially for youth;
The church the bride of Jesus,
And the kingdom for Israel;
When Christ will establish His kingdom,
No one today can tell.
The days are swiftly passing,
And the church-age soon will end;
O let us haste to the rescue,
Pray that our Lord will send
Labourers for His vineyard,
To gather is the harvest white,
Those poor souls now in dense darkness,
May come behold the light.
We’re not “Building the Kingdom,”
That is left for future age;
We are building now the body,
And arranging the stage,
For Christ’s earthly glory
That is soon on earth to appear;
We must not confuse the teaching,
The King will soon be here.
By Benj. F. Dotson, D.D., Litt. D.