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The Church’s Foundation:

  • Matthew 16:18 – “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

The Church as the Body of Christ:

  • 1 Corinthians 12:12 – “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”

Gathering in the Name of Jesus:

  • Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

The Church’s Mission:

  • Matthew 28:19-20 – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Unity and Love Within the Church:

  • John 13:34-35 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
  • Ephesians 4:3 – “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

The Church as a Spiritual House:

  • 1 Peter 2:5 – “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

Gifts and Ministries Within the Church:

  • Romans 12:4-5 – “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ, we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

Teaching and Edification:

  • Ephesians 4:11-12 – “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors, and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

The Church’s Relationship with Christ:

  • Colossians 1:18 – “And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead so that in everything, he might have the supremacy.”

Fellowship and Communion:

  • Acts 2:42 – “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Church Discipline and Restoration:

  • Matthew 18:15 – “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”

Prayer and Supplication:

  • Acts 4:31 – “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”

The Church’s Role in Proclaiming the Gospel:

  • Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Stewardship and Generosity:

  • 2 Corinthians 9:7 – “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Elders and Overseers:

  • Acts 20:28 – “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”

Faithfulness in Assembling Together:

  • Hebrews 10:25 – “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

The Church’s Role in Making Disciples:

  • 2 Timothy 2:2 – “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”

The Church’s Hope in Christ’s Return:

  • Revelation 22:20 – “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”