• To understand God’s intent for the church and how each of us can contribute to its overall impact

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ACTS 2:42-47

  • The first disciples were devoted to God and to one another.
  • They were devoted to the apostles’ teaching, the fellowship, the breaking of bread, and to prayer.
  • They spent time in each other’s homes and worshipped together. » They were sincere and looked to meet each other’s needs.

Q: How does this picture compare with your experiences of church life?


  • Jesus is supreme in the universe and in the church. He is the head and the church is his body.
  • In the church we strive to follow his teachings and imitate his life.


  • Here the church is spoken of as a family, as a kingdom, and as a building.
  • Q: Which of these most connects with you?
  • As the cornerstone, Jesus is the perfect stone by which every other stone is shaped.


  • God loves unity and wants his family to be unified.
  • We maintain unity by being humble, gentle, patient, and full of love.
  • All believers everywhere are bound together and share one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and one Father.


  • God gives gifts and puts people in roles to build up and strengthen his church.
  • God’s aim is unity, maturity and protection from false teaching.
  • Through honest and loving conversation, and each part doing its work, the church grows and is built up in love.

ROMANS 12:4-8

  • Just as in the human body, each member of the church is essential.
  • God calls us to use our gifts to bless the church.
  • Q: What do you think your gifts are and how do you think you can use them to glorify God and build up his church?

1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-27

  • We enter the body of Christ in baptism.
  • We all need each other in the same way the body needs all of its parts!
  • Members of the body share in each other’s joy and suffering

MATTHEW 6:19-21, MARK 12:42-44

  • In the church, we give generously to meet the needs of the church and to help spread the gospel.
  • When we give sacrificially, as this widow did, we store up treasures in heaven— treasures that last!
  • Giving is a heart matter. Our giving reflects where our hearts are invested.
  • Giving is a faith matter. As we give to meet the needs of the church, we trust that God is able to meet our needs.

HEBREWS 3:12-14

Hebrews 10:23-25

  • The fellowship helps us to be unswerving in our commitment to Christ.
  • Do not give up meeting together; church services should be a priority in our lives.
  • Q: What will you need to change in your schedule to make the body (the church) a top priority in your life?


Philippians 2:1-4 We are called to be one in spirit and purpose

Galatians 6:10 The church is a family of believers

Acts 4:32-35 Members of the church help to meet one another’s needs

Matthew 22:34-40 Loving your neighbor can be displayed in the church

2 Corinthians 9:6-9 We give to meet needs and spread the gospel globally