Topic: Church Scripture: Matthew 16:18
1) Priority of the church
Do you love the church like Jesus does?
2) Perspective on the church
- Invisible church vs. Visible church
- Universal church vs. Local church
3) People of the church
4) Plan for the church
Do you lead your household well?
Do you live an exemplary life for others to follow?
Do you study, teach, and defend the faith?
Hebrews13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them...Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
5) Proof of the church
6) Purpose of the church
Col 1:28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
Charles Spurgeon: Give yourself to the church. You that are members of the church have not found it perfect and I hope that you feel almost glad that you have not. If I had never joined a church til I had found one that was perfect, I would never have joined one at all! And the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us...All who have first given themselves to the Lord, should as speedily as possible, also give themselves to the Lord’s people. How else is there to be a church on the earth? If it is right for anyone to refrain from membership in the church, it is right for everyone, and then the testimony for God would be lost to the world.