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A Place To Belong


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Your place in God's Kingdom is in the local church.

Your place in God's Kingdom is in the local church.

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  • 1.  
  • 2. A Place to Belong
    • The bible speaks of Christians as being:
      • “ One Body” (1 Corinthians 12:12)
      • “ Fitted Together” (Ephesians 2:21)
      • “ Built Together” (Ephesians 2:22)
      • “ Fellow Heirs” (Ephesians 3:6)
      • “ Joined Together” (Ephesians 4:16)
      • “ Knit (held) Together” (Colossians 2:19)
      • “ And we will be caught up together” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
  • 3. A Place to Belong
    • In God’s family, you are connected to every other believer.
      • “ So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans 12:5)
    • Following Christ includes belonging, not just believing.
  • 4. The Body of Christ
    • We are members of his Body—the church.
    • The church is a body, not a building !
    • The church is an organism, not an organization!
  • 5. The Body of Christ
    • “ Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5  so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans 12:4—5)
    • You cannot survive disconnected from the body of Christ.
    • The 1 st symptom of spiritual decline is usually inconsistent attendance at worship services.
  • 6. The Local Fellowship
    • There are two ways the word church is used in the bible:
      • 1. The Universal Church–the whole body of believers
      • 2. The Local Church–a local congregation
  • 7. Why You Need A Church Family
    • A church family identifies you as a genuine believer.
      • “ By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
    • When we stand together as a church family, it is a powerful statement to the world.
      • “ That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21)
  • 8. Why You Need A Church Family
    • A church family moves you out of self-centered isolation.
      • “  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26)
      • “ This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” (1 John 3:16)
  • 9. Why You Need A Church Family
    • Over fifty times in the NT the phrase, “one another” or “each other” is used.
    • A church family will help keep you from backsliding.
      • “ But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13)
      • “ Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2  Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:1-2)
  • 10. Commitment
    • God also expects you to be a vital member of a local congregation.
    • The difference between a church attender and a church member is commitment .
  • 11. Commitment
    • The importance of commitment to the local church. . .
    • It proves you are committed to your spiritual brothers and sisters.
    • God wants you to love real people, not ideal people.
    • You can spend a lifetime searching for the perfect church, but you will never find it.
    • You are called to love imperfect sinners, just as God does.
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