Family Responsibilities

In this lesson, we talked about the family relationship among Christians especially as it pertains to the local family of Christians. 

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The Organization of the Church

The importance of the God-designed organization for the church He has established can be illustrated by considering the organizational structure of man-made companies or civic groups. Due to the nature of the business of certain companies, they may find it most suitable to be organized with a national headquarters that oversee district offices that in turn control local offices. 

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“I Will Build My Church”

It is Jesus Christ who said:

“I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18)

The church Jesus said He would build had its beginning nearly two thousand years ago on the day of Pentecost, fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Acts chapter two records that as people obeyed the commands to believe in Jesus, repent and be baptized that “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:36-47). 

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What Is Your View of the Church?

We live in a time when many have a negative view of the church. People claim they follow Jesus, but they see no need to be a member of the church, or at least see little need to sacrifice their time and efforts in regular support of the church. This is often due to the fact that some have little understanding of the church you can read about in the Bible, and others have misconceived ideas about the church. 

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What Every Local Church Needs

In this lesson, we gave consideration to four things every local church needs. 

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The Church is God’s Holy Temple

In Paul’s letter to the church of God at Corinth, he wrote:

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

In this context, Paul was cautioning against building God’s temple with inferior materials (wood, hay, straw–vs.12-15), and he was issuing a warning to the Corinthians

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The Body of Christ

One of the concerns of the apostle Paul when he wrote to the church at Corinth was their need to work together in utilizing the spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit had given to them. It was in this context that Paul used the illustration of the church being like a body:

“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 

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“We Are Members of One Another” (Part 2)

This is a two part article. You may want to read Part 1 first. Read it now

Last week we began, and this week we continue,  looking at some of the benefits we enjoy and some responsibilities that we have in the local church due to the fact that “we are members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25; Romans 12:4-5). 

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“We Are Members of One Another” (Part 1)

The New Testament writers exhorted saints to engage in specific activities that would enable the body of Christ to function effectively and to grow spiritually. Frequently they used a unique phrase to describe this mutual and interacting process—“one another.” Paul said: “Do no lie to one another…” (Colossians 3:9), and in the parallel passage he explains why: “for we are members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25). 

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Local Church Membership

“And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 

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