Celebrate: The Church

Ekklesia – “to call out”

1 Corinthians 12:13 But we have all been baptized into one body by one
Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
Acts 2 – Acts 11:15,16

Purpose of the church is to:

Love God
Revelation 2:4 “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or
each other as you did at first!

Glorify God
2 Thessalonians 1:12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored
because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all
made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Display God’s grace
Ephesians 2:7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the
incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has
done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

Evangelize the world
Matthew 28:19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations…
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And
you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Baptize and Instruct believers
Matthew 28:19 …baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and
the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have
given you.

Discipline believers
1 Corinthians 11:31 But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be
judged by God in this way. John 15:2; Matthew 18:17

Provide fellowship
Acts 2:42 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.

Care for its members
James 1:27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means
caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world
corrupt you.

Prepare rulers for the millennial kingdom
Romans 8:17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact,
together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his
glory, we must also share his suffering.

Act as a restraining and enlightening force
Matthew 5:13-14 You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has
lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and
trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city
on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

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