Acts 2:42-44 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.
The gospel uses the word ecclesia as the most common word for church, which means “a called out assembly.” The gospel challenges unbelievers of Christ to become a part of a unique faith fellowship. As they join with other believers they become a community dedicated to learning about Jesus from a seasoned follower.
FOUR “F’s” OF FINDING THE RIGHT CHURCH
F__________ the truth of God’s word not human philosophies.
F_________ _________ with the others in the faith community.
F___________________ with these people comfortably.
F____________________ grow and contribute to community.
_______________ institutions will fail or be lacking, but ____________ learning and honoring institutions won’t fail you.
Ephesians 2:21-22 On Christ the whole institution is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Jesus you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.
Ephesians 3:17-19 I pray that you being established and rooted in love, may have power, together with all of God’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Colossians 3:5-7 Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly; sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, God’s wrath comes on the disobedient, and you once walked in these things when you were living in them.
Paul’s warning for believers and the church is do not entertain __________ _________.
Ephesians 5:2-6 And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
Revelation 22:14-15 [Jesus says] “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Revelation 21:7-8 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Colossians 3:1-4 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.
Spiritual and physical health requires ________________.
1 Timothy 4:8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
Mental and emotional health requires ________________.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 [MEV] It is true that we live in the world, but we do not fight from worldly motives. The weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to destroy false arguments; we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.
A healthy physical, mental, emotional and spiritual life is maintained through ___________________________.
Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, eespecially now that the Day of His return is drawing near.