What is this thing we call a “Church?”
Matthew 16:18, 1 Corinthians 11:17-18
Why is the local church so important?
1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 1:22-23, 1 Timothy 3:15, Romans 12:10-21, Hebrews 10:24-25
- It functions as the body of Christ
- It’s the pillar & foundation of the truth
- It provides the lab for learning how to live like Jesus
- It provides godly peer pressure
How does a healthy church function?
Matthew 28:18-20, 9:10-12, 1 John 2:3-5, 1 Peter 4:10-11
- Reach out & recruit new followers of Jesus
- Teach people how to live for Jesus
- Deploys people into kingdom ministry