- I feel more satisfied if an ordained Reverend administered the Lord’s Supper.
- I feel we must have an Alter to remind us of the Lord’s sacrifice, because of which it is a Holy place.
- In Church we must show more respect to God and sing hymns instead of have Rock Concert.
- We must celebrate Christmas and have a special service on that day.
The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. (Acts 19:32)
And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.(Rom 1.6)
He was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living words to pass on to us. Acts 7:38
He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” Heb 2:12
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Eph 5:23
- one body but has many parts (many members)
- where every member is vital for survival
- interdependent (not dependent nor independent)
- diverse but united
- where all are equal in God’s eyes
- “organic” in nature — like cells that have life
- we are espoused to Christ
- we are to keep ourselves ready for marriage
- we are to be faithful & devoted to our husband
- we are to remain morally pure & holy
This metaphor highlights that we:
- have a sense of belonging & relationship
- God is our father and we his children
- experience his protection over our lives
- accept all whom Christ accepts as brother & sisters
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Rev 11:15
To restore God’s plan of “creation”
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. Eph 3:10-11
- maturity of character
- intimacy with God
- unity among believers
12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Eph. 4:12-13)
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.? (Matt 28:19-20)
- devoted to apostles doctrine (teaching)
- devoted to fellowship
- devoted to breaking of bread
- devoted to prayer
- saw wonders and miraculous signs
- had everything in common (community life)
- praised God (praise& worship)
- many saved and added (witness & evangelism)
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Prefer one another Submit to one another
Edify one another Confess faults to one another
Accept one another Be hospitable to one another
Instruct one another Wait for one another
Serve one another Be kind to one another
Forgive one another Be compassionate to one another
Greet one another Be patient with one another
Consider one another Encourage one another
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 Jn1:7
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Gal.6: 10)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another?and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Heb 10:24-25)
Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older.
(1 Pet 5:2, 3, 5b)
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)
Fellowship — The small groups that meet at regular intervals during the week.
We call these Home Groups.
Look at the following definitions:
A disciple is one under the training and discipline of another for day to day fellowship and instruction to produce spiritual maturity and skill to get a certain job done? (Charles Simpson).
“Discipling” is training a follower who has come under discipline (of his or her own volition) for the purpose of instruction, in order to produce maturity and ministry.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it?. Hebrew 12:11
I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you. Paul to the Corinthian Church (1 Cor 11:1-2)
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22)
Proof of teachable-ness is “doing” not just “hearing”
12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Eph 4:12-13
14 He appointed twelve?designating them apostles?that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons. Mark 3:14 -15
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24)
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death?that is, the devil* Heb 2:14
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Philip 2:10-11
4 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matt 24:14
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
I John 4: 8
34 *A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34 – 35
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8
If you love me, you will obey what I command. John 14:15
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Titus 2:11-15
11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. (Eph 4: 11-14)
Read 1 Peter 5.