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THE local church… by bigplew
January 25, 2008, 10:54 am
Filed under: Leadership

by Mike Plewniak

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I had the privilege to speak at VFC last night on the importance of the local church in the believer’s life. As I was preparing, I came upon this list of how the NT describes the local church. It’s hard to read through this and NOT be convinced that God created the church and that it has an important role in His plan for history. So men, does your life reflect a passion, commitment, and love for God’s church? Are you serving faithfully in a local church?

NT descriptions of the church:

– Temple of the living God (2 Cor. 6:16-18; Eph 2:21)

– New humanity (Romans 5:12-17; Eph. 2:15)

– Body where each member is significant (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12-31; Col. 1:18)

– As a body, it grows and matures (Col. 2:19; Eph. 4:16)

– Household of God (1 Tim 3:15)

– God’s field (1 Cor. 3:9)

– Bride of Christ (2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:22-33)

– An army of the Spirit (Gal. 5:25 – 6:5)

– The pillar and foundation of truth (1 Tim. 3:15)

It is through the church that God decided to reveal his manifold wisdom (Eph. 3:10). God gives us gifts of leadership in the church of apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors (Eph. 4:11). We are equipped to serve God faithfully in the church (Eph. 4:12; 1 Cor. 12). We are guarded from false doctrine and wrong belief in the local church (1 Tim. 4 and the book of 1 John).

How important is the local church in the life of the Christian — it is vital!

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