We walked round the town of Denbigh, looking at buildings and trying to date them from the types of windows, the stone work and the roofs. All too often the windows had been replaced with UPVC, and the building had been re-roofed, but the stonework, or brickwork, the main structure of the building had not been changed, and we could make a fair guess at the age.

How those houses had been built was still evident 100, 200 or even 400 years later.

Jesus said to Simon, “You shall be called Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.”  It was a sort of play on words.  Peter means a rock. Then Peter let Jesus down, by saying that he didn’t know him. But still Jesus knew that this was the foundation He wanted to use and gave Peter the confidence and the power to start building.

Of course, through time, the church has changed and adapted to the age in which we live. But if we look past the modern hymns and buildings, past the divisions and unions that have taken place over the years. If we go back to the basic structure, we can see what Jesus wanted to be seen.

As we move through the Church’s Year from Easter to Pentecost, we begin to see how the traditions and beliefs that the disciples had grown up with, needed, not so much to be changed, but to be understood in the context of Jesus’ teaching, in order for His church to grow and be most effective.

Let’s look back at the basic structure of our belief and live our lives that way. Then we can be effective.

Pippa Cook