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Series: Building an Acts 2 Church
Introduction: Becoming the church God has in mind necessitates a revelation of the church Christ is building as revealed in the scriptures. In Scripture, God clearly reveals the church He desires for us to build. We must raise our passion level for the church, raise our commitment level, and unite our hearts to fulfill mission.
Attending church is good for your health. Dr. George W. Comstock, a Johns Hopkins University medical researcher studied the relationship between church attendance and health. In his article he stated that the risk of fatal heart diseases is almost twice as high for the non-church-goer than for men who attend once a week or more. He also noted that the ''clean life'' associated with regular churchgoing appears to be statistically related to a lower incidence of other major diseases, adding that going to church benefits your health.
I. THE MEANING OF CHURCH
A. THE CHURCH IN SCRIPTURE
1. The church is loved by God and is safe under His care.
Acts 20:28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
2. Jesus is the head of the church.
Ephesians 1:22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church.
3. The church is the vehicle for God's manifold wisdom.
Ephesians 3:10-21 …to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family ...
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