What did Jesus mean when He said He was going to build His Church?
1 John 4:20-21
What is the Church supposed to be?
The Biblical Church is organized. Luke 6:12-13 Ephesians 4:11-15
The Biblical Church: - Equips the believers for works of service - Builds unity of faith - Brings spiritual maturity to our lives - Keeps us from being deceived and tricked by false doctrine - Is a partnership in caring for the needs of the world - Helps us grow in Christ
The early Church: - Sent out missionaries - Answered and protected doctrinal matters for believers - Offered worship, baptism, and communion - Sent financial support to others - Established elders and deacons in new churches - Established places of worship and teaching - Collected offerings - Was evangelistic in nature - Endured persecution
The people of the early Church were forced to make a decision.