“For though we live in the world, we are not carrying out a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds” 2 Corinthians 10:3-4.
God see a powerful church. Paul wrote about that we have been given divine power. When we look at the powerful governments in the world, as well as the mighty corporations and many other organization of great influence, and then in comparison we consider our local churches, or even our denomination, the church may seem to be weak and ineffective. Added to this when we see the rapid growth of evil that has seen itself into society, we can easily wonder if the church has any power to change this at all.
In some countries (maybe even yours) the officially recognized church has great influence on national affairs. It was true in the past of the church of England, John Calvin’s church in Geneva and the Lutheran church in Germany and northern Europe. This was certainly true (and still is to some extent) of the Roman Catholic Church southern Europe and Latin American and the Orthodox church throughout the east.
But this isn’t what God means by a powerful church, it not a comparison between state and church. Jesus says clearly in Matthew 22:21 “Give then to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God the things which are God’s”. The power of the church is not about making new laws or control society, the power of the church is the love of God poured out through our lives and influence.
It is easy for us to just reminisce of this past age and think this is what was meant by a powerful church but this is simply not true. God still see the church as powerful. Wayne Grudem write that the power of the church can be defined as follows: “The power of the church is it’s God-given authority to carry on spiritual warfare, proclaim the gospel, and exercise church discipline.”