This study has to do with the church. The church is an organism, not primarily an organization. It is an organism that according to scripture, has two specific cords of relationship – one “horizontal” and one “vertical”. What are they?
- Horizontal = ______________
- Vertical = _______________
Today we will look at a variety of scriptures that instruct and challenge us to live as the church is to live:
I. The Big Picture
- Who is building up the church? (Matthew 16:18):
- Who is trying to destroy the church? (same verse)
- How does he try to destroy (i.e., his strategy)? (1 Peter 5:8)
- How can a life of regular church fellowship together deter the enemy’s efforts destroy?
II. What the Church is Designed to look Like
- What is the church compared to in 1 Cor. 12:12-25? Why?
- Look up the following scripture and note how we are to respond to one another:
- John 13:35
- Romans 12:10
- Romans 12:16
- Romans 14:13
- Romans 14:19
- Romans 15:7
- Romans 15:14
- Romans 16:16
- 1 Corinthians 12:25
- Ephesians 4:2
- Ephesians 4:32
- Ephesians 5:19
- 1 Thessalonians 4:18
- 1 Thessalonians 5:13
- Hebrews 3:13
- Hebrews 10:24
- James 4:11
- James 5:9
- James 5:16
- 1 Peter 4:9
- 1 Peter 4:10
- 1 John 1:7
- 1 John 3:11
- What was the pattern of the early church with regard to the frequency of their fellowship? (Acts 2:46; Hebrews 3:13)
- Why it is important that a Christian be in regular fellowship both with God and with other Christians?
III. Personal Application
- When you get together with other believers, is your goal more “What can I receive?” or “What can I give?”
- What do you think the focus should be?
- Based on the Biblical instruction above, how would you respond to the person who states that going to church once every week or two is plenty?