January 24, 2016 – Church 101

Acts 2.42-47 NLT

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.

43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

The New Testament, especially Ephesians, depicts the church as a:

 

  1. Building

Ephesians 2.21-22 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.”

 1 Peter 2.4-5 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.”

 

  1. Body

Ephesians 1.22-2322 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.”

 

1 Corinthians 12.27 “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”

 

  1. Bride

Ephesians 5.31-32 31 As the Scriptures say, ‘A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.”

 

2 Corinthians 11.2 “For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.”

Revelation 21.9 “… “Come with me! I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

Everyone needs a church. And the church needs everyone. Through the church we find relationships, accountability, discipleship, spiritual growth, family, service, community, salvation, and God’s presence.

jlanhamJanuary 24, 2016 – Church 101