The People of the Church - Part 2 (2 of 10) by Ernest Easley

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The People of the Church - Part 2 (2 of 10)
Series: Church Life
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 12:12-14

We are discovering and rediscovering these days from the Word of God something that is very dear to the heart of God: His church! Let me remind you just how dear the church is to God: His only Son came and died for His church!

Did you hear that? Jesus DIED for His church! We read in Ephesians 5.25, " .. Christ also loved the CHURCH and GAVE Himself for her." When you love Jesus, you're going to love what Jesus loves! And Jesus loves the church!

In fact, did you know that the Bible not only calls the church, "the body of Christ," it also calls the church, "the bride of Christ?" When it comes to Jesus, who died for His church, He calls us His body and His bride!

How can somebody say to Jesus, "I love You but I don't like Your bride. I accept You, but I reject Your body?" The more we fall in love with Jesus, the more we fall in love with His church!

As we continue our series of messages under the heading CHURCHLIFE, take God's word and turn with me to 1 Corinthians 12. It's here we find the Apostle Paul describing for us ...

The People of the Church.

1 Corinthians 12.12-14,18

"12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free-and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased."

So, who are The People of the Church? Well, in describing The People of the Church, His body and His bride .. we discovered last time together that the Bible describes Church Membership ...

(1) AS FUNCTIONING MEMBERS.

Functioning members are people who ..

-acknowledge their sa ...


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