Introduction –

Our individualistic consumer age

Our faith together

        

  1. The Definition of the church

 We are [a local church is] a community of true

believers in Jesus Christ, established by God as  His holy dwelling place, knit together in love by

the Holy Spirit, who gather together regularly in order to make the glory of God known through

the Gospel, using every biblical means possible [preaching, the Lord’s Supper, baptism, public

reading of Scripture, studying the Bible together, prayer, discipline, fellowship, singing, worship

, eating together, serving, caring for each other],under recognized spiritual leadership [qualified

elders and pastors], who care for and affirm each other’s salvation, and then are trained and sent

into the world to preach and practice the Gospel  and multiply churches everywhere.”

1 Corinthians 3:16-17Hebrews 10:24-25;

1 Timothy 3; Titus 1; Matthew 28:19-20;

 2. Some Imagery of the church

A Body   I Corinthians 12

A Family   Galatians 6:10

A temple of living stones I Peter 2:5