Add a rally, forum, town hall, or other event to collect RSVPs, give attendees directions and more.
Add events from your existing Ning or MeetUp groups to share with other FreedomConnector activists.
Let other FreedomConnector activists join your cause to mobilize for freedom!
VOTE NOW: What should Republicans' Top Legislative Priority Be?
Repeal the ObamaCare individual mandate
Stop the NSA's warrantless spying on Americans
Refuse to reauthorize the Import-Export Bank
Stop the ObamaCare bailouts of insurance companies
View poll and comments »
When people see a church building, the normal response is,
“That’s the First Assembly of God Church,” “That’s St. Mary’s
Catholic Church,” “That’s the First Methodist Church,” or
“That’s Pine Ridge Baptist Church.” We identify churches by
denomination, but we know that neither these names nor the
buildings compose the true church. The church is God’s
The Greek word for church is ecclesia, which means “the
called out ones.” That is, those whose lives have been
transformed by the Holy Spirit and who gather to worship in
Christ’s name make up the body of Christ, including all the
redeemed who might not have the privilege of meeting in
groups. Christ is the Head and Lord of the church. Some
churches may die because of extreme persecution, economic
downturns, and other reasons. However, the church as God’s
people will continue until Jesus comes again. Soul-stirring
music, personal testimonies, heartfelt praying, mission work,
and solid Bible teaching blessed by the Holy Spirit will add
life to the church. Let’s consider a few references to the
church from the following New Testament passages.
1. Matthew 16:13–20.
Where were the apostles when Peter made His confession?
What did Jesus tell Peter about the Rock of the church?
What is the future of the church?
2. Acts 2:42–47.
The church exploded in growth at Pentecost as the Holy
Spirit filled the lives of believers. What kind of fellowship
and relationships will change lives today?
3. Acts 8:1–4.
Who led in the first persecution against the church? Where
is opposition to the church happening today? What should
persecuted believers do?
4. 1 Corinthians 3:11–17.
Who is the foundation of the church? Why can’t another
foundation be laid? What or who constitutes God’s holy
5. Ephesians 1:22–23.
What exclusive position must Christ have in His church?
Where are all things in relation to Christ? Is Jesus always
Lord of God’s people today?
6. Ephesians 2:14–22.
What did Christ do about the Jew and Gentile within the
fellowship of believers? How does the church fellowship
have access to God?
7. Ephesians 4:11–12.
Who are a few of the leaders within the church? Why do
they hold these positions? How do God’s people build up
the church and glorify God?
8. 1 Timothy 3:14–16.
What instructions did Paul give the church? How did Paul
identify the church (verse 15)? How is Jesus the secret of
the church, or the mystery of godliness?
9. Philemon 1:2, 10–12.
Philemon had a house church. Who was Onesimus (referred
to in verse 10)? How can slaves and owners have fellowship?
How can members help in restoring relationships?
10. 1 Peter 2:4–5.
Why is Christ called the Living Stone (verse 4)? Who are the
living stones and what spiritual sacrifices can we offer to God?
From 102 Fascinating Bible Studies by Preston A. Taylor
About the Author (2010):
Preston A. Taylor is a retired pastor and missionary to Argentina. He received
his BD and ThM degrees from Southwestern Baptist Seminary and his DMin
from Luther Rice Seminary. For the past 25 years, he has written a weekly
devotional message for newspapers in the towns where he has served as
pastor. Dr. Taylor currently lives in Zapata, Texas.
Your support keeps freedom alive!