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The Church


This study defines the church and our role(s) within the church.

Acts 2:42-47

This is the birth of the New Testament Church. Our church should imitate the first disciples and their fellowship. They were devoted to:

  • The apostles’ teaching
  • The fellowship
  • Breaking of bread (communion)
  • Prayer

They shared everything they had and filled each other’s needs. They met together and ate together daily. And God added to their number. God wants his church to grow numerically.

Colossians 1:15-18

The church is the body of Christ. Jesus is the head; we are the body.

 Ephesians 2:19-22

The church is the family of God. Jesus is the Cornerstone of the church. The church’s foundation is the Apostles and Prophets (The Bible).

Ephesians 4:1-6

The Bible teaches that there is one church – one body. These are the seven essentials of unity we strive for.

1 Corinthians 1:10-13

There should be no divisions within the body. Don’t follow people. Follow Christ.

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (extra passage)

Don’t follow your feelings or what is comfortable. Follow Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

We need the body and the body needs us. It is vital that we are involved on a relationship level in the church. What strengths/gifts/talents do you bring to the body? Take time to encourage your friend with the strengths/gifts/talents you see in them.

Hebrews 3:12-13

As Christians, we must be involved in one another’s lives.

Hebrews 10:23-25

We are commanded to meet together. The fellowship helps us to be unswerving in our commitment. It is important that we do not miss church. We can encourage and spur one another on during these times.

Homework:

Write a letter to God expressing your thoughts to the following questions:

1. Why do you want to become a Christian?
2. What does the cross mean to you?
3. What commitment are making to God when you get baptized?