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Matthew 16:15-19

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.

It is important to belong to the Church.

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