A Place To Belong

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

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A Place To Belong

  1. 2. A Place to Belong <ul><li>The bible speaks of Christians as being: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ One Body” (1 Corinthians 12:12) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Fitted Together” (Ephesians 2:21) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Built Together” (Ephesians 2:22) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Fellow Heirs” (Ephesians 3:6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Joined Together” (Ephesians 4:16) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Knit (held) Together” (Colossians 2:19) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ And we will be caught up together” (1 Thessalonians 4:17) </li></ul></ul>
  2. 3. A Place to Belong <ul><li>In God’s family, you are connected to every other believer. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans 12:5) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Following Christ includes belonging, not just believing. </li></ul>
  3. 4. The Body of Christ <ul><li>We are members of his Body—the church. </li></ul><ul><li>The church is a body, not a building ! </li></ul><ul><li>The church is an organism, not an organization! </li></ul>
  4. 5. The Body of Christ <ul><li>“ 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) </li></ul><ul><li>You cannot survive disconnected from the body of Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>The 1 st symptom of spiritual decline is usually inconsistent attendance at worship services. </li></ul>
  5. 6. The Local Fellowship <ul><li>There are two ways the word church is used in the bible: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. The Universal Church–the whole body of believers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. The Local Church–a local congregation </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Why You Need A Church Family <ul><li>A church family identifies you as a genuine believer. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When we stand together as a church family, it is a powerful statement to the world. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 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) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Why You Need A Church Family <ul><li>A church family moves you out of self-centered isolation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 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) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Why You Need A Church Family <ul><li>Over fifty times in the NT the phrase, “one another” or “each other” is used. </li></ul><ul><li>A church family will help keep you from backsliding. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 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) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 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) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Commitment <ul><li>God also expects you to be a vital member of a local congregation. </li></ul><ul><li>The difference between a church attender and a church member is commitment . </li></ul>
  10. 11. Commitment <ul><li>The importance of commitment to the local church. . . </li></ul><ul><li>It proves you are committed to your spiritual brothers and sisters. </li></ul><ul><li>God wants you to love real people, not ideal people. </li></ul><ul><li>You can spend a lifetime searching for the perfect church, but you will never find it. </li></ul><ul><li>You are called to love imperfect sinners, just as God does. </li></ul>

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