It would behoove a blog by the name of JackHammer to recognize a building tool when it sees one.Â I can discern saw from screwdriver.Â Hammer Time knows tools.Â And while you are at it, turn that baseball cap around so the bill is in the front.Â It was made to keep the sun out of your eyes.Â And when I need to turn a screw, don’t hand me a hammer. Tools have their purpose.Â In Matthew 16:18 Jesus told Peter, “I will build my church.”Â Jesus said he would build His church.Â What tools would He use to do that?
Just as a preliminary, before talking tools, let’s talk terms.Â “I will build” is future.Â Does that mean that the Lord hadn’t started the church yet?Â No.Â “I will build” is oikodomeo, which means “I will edify,” so the understanding is “I will build up.”Â Only something already started can be built up. Christ will build up His church using different tools.Â As we observe the Lord Jesus Christ after Matthew 16:18, we see Him give to the church different tools for the sake of edification.Â In Matthew 18, He gives her (the church) church discipline.Â Then in Matthew 26 He adds to the church tool box the Lord’s Table. Later He gives the pastor and deacons, sends the Holy Spirit, and more.
Jesus Christ gave the church the Lord’s Table as a tool to build up the church.Â He didn’t give this tool to colleges, mission boards, conventions and fellowships, or online forums.Â He gave it to His church.Â This was a means by which the gates of Hell would not prevail against the church.Â Without this instrument of edification, an organization or institution will lack necessary means to function successfully.Â In this you will also find the reason why these other non-authoritative, insufficient institutions fall apart.Â Of course, with their denigration and destruction goes sound doctrine and practice as well.Â However, the church has the Lord’s Table to enable God’s will.
What does the Lord’s Table do for a church?Â It is a tool by which a church may purify itself doctrinally and practically on a regular basis.Â In the Jerusalem church, purity led to unity led to growth.Â Practice and doctrine are inexorably connected.Â Practice affects doctrine.Â When the tool of the Lord’s Table purifies the practice, it also effectively aids in keeping doctrine right as well.Â Jesus commanded the church to keep His Words (John 14:15, 21, 23).Â That gets done in part by means of the Lord’s Table.Â The Lord’s Table ensures examination.Â Members investigate their lives for disobedience to right doctrine and practice.Â Constant self-scrutiny results in more discernment.Â Discernment is key to keeping a church going in the right direction.Â All of this edifies a church.Â A church will grow in depth and in breadth. The Lord’s Supper is the tool.