Rediscovering the Local Church
Text: Ephesians 4:11-16 Main Idea: Healthy, unified churches are the product of everyday Christians undertaking the work of ministry in their local church.
Text: Ephesians 5:22-32 Main Point: The redeeming and sustaining love of Christ will carry his church all the way to glory; therefore, we should love the church like Jesus does.
Text: Acts 6:1-7 Main Idea: Deacons exist to actively promote the unity, maturity, and gospel impact of the local church through their diligent, Spirit-empowered administration of everyday ministry tasks.
Text: Acts 20:17-38 Main Idea: Faithful eldership looks like mature Christian men humbly shepherding, leading, and protecting the church through their winsome, persevering, and fearless proclamation of God’s authoritative Word as they prayerfully depend on God’s grace and power for everything they need to fulfill their calling.
Text: Matthew 18:15–20 Main Point: When it comes to formal declarations about the “what” and “who” of the gospel, the gathered membership of the local church is the highest authority under Jesus Christ himself.
Text: Various Selections Main Idea: Church membership is a formal relationship between a church and a Christian characterized by the church’s affirmation and oversight of a Christian’s discipleship and the Christian’s submission to living out his or her discipleship in the care of the church.
Text: Revalation 1:9-20; 2:1-7 Main Idea: Jesus is the sovereign head of the church and he is intimately involved in the life of the local church.
Text: Ephesians 2:11-22 Main Idea: Faith in Christ forever unites us to the person of Christ and the blood-bought community of Christ.
Text: Matthew 16:13-19 Main Idea: The church is inextricably anchored in a proper confession of Jesus and has been sovereignly commissioned to carry out Jesus’ kingdom purposes.