Two Senses of The Church…
The Church is _______________ (Ephesians 5:25, Hebrews 12:22-23, Matthew 16:18)
The Church is _______________ (1 Corinthians 1:1-2, 16:1)
The Definition of the Church...
A Local Church is a group of Christians who regularly gather together with a Common ___________ in Christ, a Common _______________ to one another, and a Common ______________ to extend the gospel to the world.
A Local Church is a Group of Christians who regularly gather together… (Matthew 16:18, Acts 1:13-15, 1 Corinthians 11:18)
...with a Common Faith (Matthew 7:24-25, Ephesians 2:19-20, 4:4-6)
...with a Common Commitment to One Another (Matthew 16:19, 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 12:14-20)
...with a Common Mission to extend the gospel to the world.
To the Church: Your Investment in the Local Church is _______________
To the Church-Less: Stop claiming to love Jesus while rejecting His ____________
To the Church-Hurt: No one has experienced more church hurt than ______________ and He ain't given up on her yet! (Ephesians 5:25-27, Revelation 19:6-9)
Memory Verse: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 16:18 ESV