Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Fall 1994

The Foundation Upon Which The Church Is Built
Wade E Taylor

“He says to them, But whom say you that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the
Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus
answered and said to him, Blessed are you,
Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not
revealed it to you, but my Father which is
in heaven.

“And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and
upon this rock I will build My Church; and
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Matthew 16:15-18.

The foundation is established and the Church is built upon, our “ability to hear” the voice of our Heavenly Father.

Jesus, after a night of prayer, choose twelve disciples who lived and moved with Him in all He did and said. Then, after two and one half years of ministry with them, He asked a vital question, "Who am I?"

If our Sunday school pictures were accurate, Peter would have said, "Lord, it is very obvious." But this is not the way He looked. Jesus had emptied Himself of Deity and became a servant. Isaiah tells us that He was "as a root out of a dry ground: He hath neither form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him” (Isaiah 53:2b).

Never once in His ministry did He remind others that He had been born in Bethlehem. He became "Jesus of Nazareth" so those who followed Him could only come to truly know Him through the revelation of His Father.

Because the life and ministry of Jesus was completely submitted to His Father and He only moved and ministered under the guidance and anointing of the Holy Spirit, it was impossible to know who He was through observation.

He did this to confuse the natural mind, so His identity could be known only by revelation. This was a divine arrangement. Thus, there was an intense anticipation within Him as to what His disciples would say when asked this question about His identity.

Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God." And Jesus answered and said, "Blessed art thou Simon Barjona, for flesh and blood (observation) hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father (revelation) which is in heaven."

In other words, Jesus said to Peter, "You have not identified me through your natural man by hearing what I say or do, but you have identified me through your spiritual man, having heard from My Father.”

“Simon Barjona, I say to you that you are
Peter, and upon this rock I will build my
Church." Matthew 16:18a.

Jesus is the "Rock" upon which the Church is to be built. The word Peter means "a small stone." Peter, then is a small "stone" of the same substance as Jesus, the Rock.

Jesus is saying, "I am the Rock, I hear from My Father and I always do what my Father tells me. Now, Simon Barjona, you are "Peter," a small stone. You also are hearing from the Father, just as I hear. You are now of the same substance I am of. On this, the ability to hear the voice of My Father, I will build my Church."

From the twelve who had been prayerfully picked, two and one half years of ministry was required to bring one of them to the place where he could hear directly from the Father.

"I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 16:18b-19a). What are these keys?

When we receive a "Word" from the Lord, we also receive the enabling grace for its performance. When Peter asked Jesus if he could come to Him walking on the water, Jesus answered, "Come." Peter did not walk on water; rather he walked on a specific "word."

"From that time forth began Jesus to show
to His disciples, how that He must go
to Jerusalem, and suffer many things of
the elders and chief priests and scribes, and
be killed, and be raised again the third day."
Matthew 16:21.

Now the ministry of Jesus is finished. He has a convert who can hear from His Father. All He need do now is to go to the cross to pay the full penalty for sin.

When we hear from the Father, the Gospel is released to go forth into the entire world. This happened through Peter's sermon on the day of Pentecost. Three thousand were added to the Church, and it is yet happening though those who are taking time to hear from Him.