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

ACTS 2:42-47

Q. How would you describe the church was like from this passage?

  • 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 worshiped together.
  • They were sincere and looked to meet each other’s needs.


  • Jesus is supreme in the universe.
  • Jesus is supreme in the church—he is the head and the church is his body.

Q. What is the function of the head and how does it relate to the rest of the body?


  • The church is the family of God.
  • The church is God’s household and its members are fellow citizens.
  • The church is founded on the apostles and the prophets, with Jesus as the cornerstone.

Q. How does a family describe the kind of relationships we should have in the church?


  • In the church, we strive to maintain unity.
  • The Bible teaches that there is one body or one church.
  • All believers 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

  • Each member of the body is given a function by God, and each is essential.
  • The members of the church are connected just like the parts of the body.
  • God calls us to use our gifts.

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

  • You are baptized into the body of Christ.
  • We need the body and the body needs us.
  • Members of the body share in each other’s joy and suffering.
  • Every member of the body is significant.

MATTHEW 6:19-21

MARK 12:42-44

  • In the church, we give generously from our finances 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

  • We are responsible for one another.
  • We all need to give and receive daily encouragement to protect us from the deceitfulness of sin.

HEBREWS 10:23-25

  • The fellowship helps us to be unswerving in our commitment to Christ.
  • Do not give up meeting together—church services need to 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?

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