Encourage the seeker that each will not be left to fend for ones self after baptism. Instead, Jesus baptizes us into the body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13) to be joined by a team of like-minded disciples in our devotion to Him. These brothers and sisters are meant to be a continual source of encouragement in our walk with Christ. Even more good news!

Acts 2:40-47 (Tap to Expand)

The first 3,000 converts joined together in devotion to the Apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer.

A beautiful view of the early church. How would such a church be received today?

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (Tap to Expand)

  • The Spirit baptizes us into the body of Jesus, his church.
  • The church consists of distinct yet unified parts, just like a human body. God, Himself, has arranged it this way.
  • We are the church; each of us must actively look for the distinct yet unified ways we are to support this body.
  • How will you help build up the body of Christ?

Ephesians 4:1-16 (Tap to Expand)

  • Making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the church requires humility, patience, gentleness, and selflessness.
  • We maintain unity on the essentials of doctrine one Lord, one faith, one baptism.
  • God provides specific offices within the church in order to prepare us for works of service which build up the body.

Hebrews 10:22-25 (Tap to Expand)

  • After being washed in baptism, we need the continual exhortations of brothers and sisters to stay the course.
  • Prepare in advance how you will spur on fellow Christians in the fellowship.
  • Also prepare to receive biblical input that will result in greater love and good deeds.
  • Why is missing meetings of the body described as a bad habit?
  • Why and when do we meet?

Hebrews 3:12-14 (Tap to Expand)

  • We each have the charge and the responsibility to see to it that no one has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from God.
  • Daily encouragement helps everyone stand firm until the end.

2 Corinthians 8:7 (Tap to Expand)

God loves a cheerful giver. Our giving supports the body as we reach out to a world in need of Jesus.