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Church

What Is the Church

What Is Jesus’ Church?: Doctrine 403

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What is the church? The church is both the universal body of believers over time and space as well as local gatherings of believers.

spending time together

Spending Time Together – Discipleship 102

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One of the most important things we can do as believers is to spend time together. To edify, encourage, and positively influence each other.

we are God's temple

Together, We Are God’s Temple – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

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All true believers join together in producing God's temple. We should be careful that we do nothing to cause division in the body of Christ.

A unified church

Jesus Prayed for a Unified Church – John 17:20-23

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Jesu' prayer for his church was that we be unified as one in him. Don't let our differences divide us. Let our love for Christ unite us.

take care of my sheep

What Did Jesus Mean by ‘Take Care of My Sheep’?

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After his resurrection, Jesus commissioned Peter to take care of his sheep. A task given to all pastors and teachers. Feeding the flock.

flourishing faith

A Flourishing Faith and a Growing Love – 2 Thessalonians 1:3

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The church at Thessalonica was flourishing in faith and growing in love. They were, and are, an example of what is important for a church.

why are there so many denominations

Why Are There So Many Christian Denominations Today?

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There are many reasons why there are so many denominations within Christianity today. Some are valid and some are unfortunate.

the compromising church

Pergamum: The Compromising Church – Revelation 2:12-17

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Pergamum had some good qualities. But they were also starting to become a compromising church, looking to fit into the culture around them.

lost their first love

Ephesus: Losing Their First Love – Revelation 2:1-7

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Ephesus had so much to be commended for. They worked hard and were doctrinally sound. But they had lost their first love. And it was serious.

in-person worship service

Follow-up to Attending In-Person Worship Services

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This is a follow-up post to the one describing my in-person worship experience. Unlike the first trip, this one was much better,

in-person worship service

I Attended In-Person Worship Service Today

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I attended in person worship service today for the first time in 13 months. And it was a big challenge for this introvert / hermit.

the mystery of Christ

The Mystery of Christ in Us, the Hope of Glory

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Paul describes the mystery of Christ as being Christ in us. We are the temple he lives in. And that magnifies the call for personal holiness.