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Church

They devoted themselves

They Devoted Themselves – Acts 2:42

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What can we learn from the earliest church? They devoted themselves to the Word, to prayer, and to fellowship. What would happen if we did that today?

Gather together as the church

The Church that Meets in Your Home – Philemon 1:2

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The church is wherever believers are. It is good to gather together in our homes and be united in heart, mind, and spirit.

Church Growth – Ephesians 4:16

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Church growth is dependent on Christ's equipping and leadership as well as each member faithfully doing their part.

the wisdom of God

The Wisdom of God: Revealed in the Church – Ephesians 3:10-11

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Why did God create the universe? It appears that the production of his church was at the heart of his purpose. We are his masterpiece.

The importance of church discipline

Church Discipline – 1 Corinthians 5:11

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While it is hard, sometimes church discipline is necessary. Both to stress the seriousness of the matter, and to cleanse sin from the body.

the marriage of the Lamb

The Marriage of the Lamb – Revelation 19:7

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The marriage of the Lamb is coming and his Bride the Church) is making herself ready. Hold onto that hope during the trials of this life.

lukewarm church

The Lukewarm Church at Laodicea – Revelation 3:17

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Christ desires his church to be either hot or cold. But how many are lukewarm churches, in danger of being spewed out of his mouth?

Following the Way of Christ

Following the Way of Christ – Acts 9:1-2

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The earliest church called itself 'the Way'. The way to life, the way to truth, the way of Jesus. Are you a follower of the way?

resolving dissension

Resolving Dissension in the Church – Acts 6:1-7

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While resolving dissension in the church will not guarantee growth. But allowing it to fester will insure that growth does not occur.

body of Christ

What I Believe . . . the Church

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I believe the church is the body of Christ, made up of all believers across place and time. The church represents Christ in our world today.

On being a body part

On Being a Body Part – Romans 12:4-5

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I have been called to be a part of the body of Christ. And as a body part, I have a part to play. And if I don't, then I am hurting the body

the key to revival

The Key To Revival – 2 Chronicles 7:14

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The church in America seems to be dangerously lukewarm. We need revival, and the key is to humble ourselves, pray, and seek the Lord.