The Church is Essential - message series

Why is the Church Important?

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Why is the Church Important: Week 1

Scripture text: Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:19-18; Revelation 1:9-19

1. The supremacy of Christ – Christ is the Head of the Church
Colossians 1:14-18; Revelation 1:9-17

Jesus is:
*Glorious – Revelation 1:12-13
*Powerful – Revelation 1:14-15
*Worthy of worship – Revelation 1:17

2. The Centrality of the Church – The Church is the Bride of Christf
Revelation 19:7-9; 21:9; Ephesians 5:25-27; Jude 1:24-25

3. The Church is a Family of Faith
Revelation 1:9

John said he was their brother and companion in:
*Tribulation
*Kingdom
*Patience

Colossians 2:4-7

How do we move forward as a church?
*As an army
*As pilgrims
*As a building
*As a school
*As a river

The Church is a Community

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The Church is a Community: Week 2

Scripture text: Acts 2:41-47

Three elements that make the church a community

1. The church should be intentional – vv.41-42

Why do we exist?
*WIN – Evangelism and worship – Acts 1:8
*BUILD – Discipleship and education – 2 Timothy 2:1-2
*SEND – Locally and globally – Galatians 6:10

Hebrews 10:25

2. The church should strive for unity – vv.43-45
Colossians 3:15

*Ekklesia – called out assembly
*Koinonia – communion, communication, contribution, distribution, fellowship
Community is a common unity of purpose and interests

Romans 15:26; 1 John 1:7; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Corinthians 12:25-26

3. The church should fulfill its mission – vv.46-47
John 20:21

The Purpose of the Church

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The Purpose of the Church: Week 3

The Church’s Function – Building and Multiplication

The Church’s Purpose

1. Edification – Building up believers
1 Corinthians 3:9
Ephesians 2:19-22

The Foundation and the purpose of the church
*We are part of the household of God (a building)
*Built upon a strong foundation – Jesus Christ
*We are growing into the holy temple of God
*We are being built up together (koinonia)
Colossians 2:6-7

How are we built up as a church body?
*You need the right foundation
1 Corinthians 13:11; 2 Timothy 2:19; Acts 4:11
*You need a good framework and the right materials – 1 Corinthians 14:26; Romans 14:19

We all have 2 choices as members of the body:
God’s construction team or the enemy’s demolition team

There are tools to build with:
*God’s word – Ephesians 3:7-8
*Faith – Jude 20
*Love – Romans 12:9
*Spiritual gifts – Romans 12:3-8

2. The Purpose of the Church is to multiply itself
Acts 9:31
Matthew 4:19
Acts 5:42

The Goal of the Church

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The Goal of the Church: Week 4

Scripture text: 2 Timothy 6:11-12

What kind of vessel does God use?
– Empty, Available, Clean
Scripture text: 2 Timothy 2

Disciple in Greek is matheteusate – a learner, a pupil, an apprentice

2 Timothy 1:7 – God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of:
*Power – Acts 1:8
*Love – Romans 5:5
*Self-control
2 Timothy 1:12

7 Goals for the Church

1. Stewards
2 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 14:12; 1 Timothy 3:13

2. Soldiers – 2 Timothy 2:3-4, 11-13
What does a good soldier of Jesus do?
*endures hardship v.3
*avoids worldly entanglements v.4
*magnifies Christ, his commanding officer v.9
Hebrews 2:10
*thinks of his fellow soldiers v.10
*trusts and obeys his commanding officer vv.11-13

3. Athletes – 2 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 5:15

4. Farmers – 2 Timothy 2:6-7
What can we learn from farmers?
*Farmers have to work – Proverbs 24:30-34
*Farmers need patience – James 5:7

5. Workmen – 2 Timothy 2:14-18

6. Vessels – 2 Timothy :19-22

7. Servants – 2 Timothy 2:24-25

What Can the Church Do?

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What Can the Church Do?: Week 5

Scripture text: Acts 17:1-6

1. Passionately promote missions
Acts 13-16; Acts 13:48; Acts 16:9; Acts 13:4

2. Patiently endure persecution
Acts 14:19-20; 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

3. Consistently plant churches
Acts 14:21-23

6 People the Church Can’t Do Without

1. Faithful people – Matthew 25:21
2. Willing people – Ezekiel 22:30
3. People of vision – Proverbs 29:18
4. Positive people – Philippians 4:13
5. Giving people – Mark 12:41-44
6. Supporting people – Proverbs 22:10

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