OUTLINE // Lesson 10: Church & Ministry

  • Matt. 18:15-20
    • 18:17 – church = group of Christians
    • 18:20 – church =
      • 2+ people
      • meeting together
      • under Jesus’ authority
      • (Jesus will also be present)
  • Philippians 1:1 – city-wide church; 2 offices
    • Acts 2:46 – city-church met in houses and temple
  • Ephesians 4:11-16:
  • Goal of church = build itself up to the fullness of Christ (i.e. disciple itself)
    • By people/”ministers” (4:11):
      1. Apostle = “sent one”; missionary; initiates new churches 
      2. Prophet = “spokesman for God”; guides and warns present church
      3. Evangelist = “announcer”; leads non-Christians to Christ
      4. Shepherd/Pastor = tends to the church and her needs
      5. Teacher = effectively communicates truths of Jesus/God
  • Healthy churches consistently practice:
  1. Biblical leadership (Phil. 1:1; Eph. 4:11-16)
  2. Communion (1 Cor. 11:20-21)
  3. Baptism of new Christians (Acts 2:41) // See Lesson 2
  4. Giving/Charity (Acts 4:32-37)
  5. Spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 14:26) // See Lesson 6
  6. Praying, singing, praising (1 Cor. 14:15-16; 1 Tim. 2:1) // See Lesson 9
  7. Discipline toward unrepentant sin (Matt 18:15-17; 1 Cor. 5:11)
  8. Understanding/obeying the Bible (Acts 2:42; 1 Tim. 4:13) // See Lesson 8
  9. Fellowship, including over meals (Acts 2:42) // See Lesson 7
  10. Mutual participation that edifies all (1 Cor. 14:26)
  • ^^ All of this is to disciple/grow each other in Christ (1 Cor. 14:26) // see Lesson 2
  • Simple Church Template (for house church/small groups)
  • Conclusion: Church = Jesus’ strategy to grow disciples who grow disciples

End of Lessons: What Now?

2 Tim. 2:2 says: “What you have heard from me…entrust to faithful men, who can teach others”

That’s our God-given command. Thus, I recommend you:

  1. Train others to train others with these lessons.
  2. Join/start a house church/small group (as described above)
  3. Join an online community/discussion of others who have been similarly trained

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