More Than a Building (Part 4)
Topic: More Than a building (Part 4) Passage: Ephesians 3:14–3:21, 1 Corinthians 11:17–11:26, Ephesians 5:15–5:21, Titus 1:5–1:9, 1 Corinthians 14:26, 1 Corinthians 14:26, Matthew 18:15–18:20
Going Deeper Questions:
1. Would you rather live under Law or Grace? Why?
(a) What is the difference between the Universal and Local Church?
(b) Is "Roman Catholic" and "Catholic" the same thing? Explain.
(c) Can someone be a part of the Universal Church without being a part of the local church? Explain.
Now go through the following 5 things under the Local Church and "check off" if your church matches Jesus' Scriptural blue print.
1. A Place where His Supper is Shared (1 Corinthians 11:17-26)
a) Our eyes on ourselves = Division
b) Our eyes on Jesus' Sacrifice = Unity
2. A place where we worship together (Ephesians 5:15-21)
a) What we do in Community overflows into daily life.
b) First filled by the Holy Spirit; Second living out through the Spirit.
3. A place where Qualified Elders Lead (Titus 1:5-9)
a) His Ministry is faithful in Word and illustrated through Living.
4. A Place where Spiritual Gifts Bless (1 Corinthians 14:26)
5. A Safe Place for Brothers and Sisters to gather and pursue Holiness Together (Matthew 18:15-20)
(a) Can a gathering be a "local church" if they lack any of the above 5 things?
Notice how none of the above, describe physical buildings, Bible Translations, Dress Codes, etc.
(b) How is it easy (and dangerous) to lose sight on the "essentials" and focus on the "non-essentials"? (Remember and reflect on the Jewish leaders in Jesus' day - how they focused so much on the non-essentials added to the Law that they missed the "heart" of the Law.)
(c) Can we do the same with Church?
What is the Next Step?
Read Chapter 7 of I Am A Church Member and Answer the questions at the end. Then connect with someone to talk through your answers.