Week 2. Loving God
What does it mean to belong to God and belong to his people? Can I be a Christian and not belong to a local church? How is the Church structured like it is? Can I serve in my local Church?
The People Of God - Not The Person
Jesus calls us to “personal” faith in him, but he calls us into his community. The greatcommission is a call to community:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given tome. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of theFather and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I havecommanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20
When we are saved from sin, we have peace with God and one another. see Ephesians 2:11-22
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saintsand members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,Ephesians 2:19-20
We are called to love one another as disciples. Here are a few examples of that call:John 13:35 & 15:12, Romans 12:10, Ephesians 4:2Jesus and the Church are likened to a building and foundation (Eph 2:19-20, 1 Corinthians3:10-16), a Husband and Wife (Eph 5:22-23 & Rev 19:6-9) and Head and Body (Eph 1:22-23). You can’t separate these examples, just as you cannot separate loving Jesus and loving theChurch.
Observing The Church in Acts
The book of Acts follows on from the Gospel of Luke. In it we see the continued work/acts of Jesusthrough his body, the Church.(a) They
to God and to one another.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things incommon. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. Acts 2:42-45
Also Acts 4:32-37(b) Everyone
the preaching of the gospel and in their gifts.
Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spiritand of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:3-4
We see various other examples of service in Acts & “Body Ministry” is outlined in Romans 12:3-8,1Cor 12:12-30(c) We see real
in Acts. In the passages outlined above, but here in chapter 11: 26See also 1 Cor 12:13, Galatians 3:26-28, Colossians 3:11 & Revelation 7:9-10.