Being a member of God’s household is not defined by being in a building every Sunday. Everyone that is a part of this household has been adopted by God for His glory and purpose. There are many different qualities that mark each member of God’s family. Each of these qualities enable the church to fulfill its role in a loving, harmonious, and all-encompassing way.
The transition from the physical temple of Israel to the spiritual temple of the New Testament was a revolutionary idea. The truth that God’s temple is now seen in the lives of God’s people brings a sobering responsibility to the visible church. If the church is diverted from Christ and ceases to make Him the chief cornerstone, it will crumble. The face of the church is sinners; it must therefore have a solid foundation in Christ.
Christ is the head of His living Body, the worldwide church. Every follower has an appointed role and purpose. In this message we’ll learn how such a diverse group can live in unity and why each member is vital to the life of the Body.
One has said, “The church is an anvil that has worn out many a hammer”. Jesus said He will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. In God’s eternal purpose He has chosen a people that are His very own. This community of individuals was designed to encourage, edify, and equip one another. From the beginning personal faith has always been tied to the collective community of God; it is God ordained.
In Ephesians 5, the apostle Paul gives a familiar command: "Give thanks." Yet this attitude doesn't exist in a vacuum - our thankfulness to God is set in the broader context of godly character and actions. In this study, we examine this context and how believers' lives give evidence of our salvation.
“The bride belongs to the bridegroom.” (John 3:29) In this tender metaphor Jesus refers to the church as His bride. One day He will return for her. Now is the time of preparation. In this message we’ll learn what Christ expects upon His return and how we can make ourselves ready.