I firmly believe that the church should not be viewed as some out-of-date, religious congregation that is out of touch with reality. No, we should be viewed as a powerful Church, full of God’s faithful followers, willing to do whatever it takes to point others to Him and give people hope through the message of Jesus Christ. Do you see the difference? As we read look at Matthew chapter 16 in this message, I hope you’ll be reminded, just like I was, that the church is still relevant, it’s still powerful, and it’s still the tool God wants to use to bring change to this dark and sin-filled world. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three characteristics of a powerful church.