Rediscovering the Local Church

Rediscovering the Local Church

Jesus Loves His 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.

Elders: The Shepherds of the Local Church

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. 

Membership and the Local Church (Part 2)

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.

Membership and the Local Church

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.    

The Head 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.

The Foundation of the Church

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.