1. Foundation and Head of the Church
a. Body of Christ
b. Flock of God
e. The Bride
3. God's Love and Care of the Church
4. Christ's Love for the Church
a. Divine Commission
b. Impart Spiritual Enlightenment
c. Witness for Christ
6. Holiness of the Church
7. Perpetuity of the Church
8. The Glorious Hope of the Church
Foundation and Head of the Church
Ephesians 2:20-22 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the
apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus
himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy
temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made
part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
Ephesians 4:15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way
more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
Psalms 118:22 The stone that the builders rejected has now become the
Body of Christ
12:5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we
all belong to each other.
Corinthians 12:27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you
is a part of it.
1:24 I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating
in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church.
Flock of God
5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over
it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because
you are eager to serve God.
19:7-8 Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For
the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared
herself.8 She has been given the finest of pure white linen to
wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.
22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this
say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink
freely from the water of life.
3. God's Love and Care of
27:2-3 “In that day, sing about the fruitful
vineyard. 3 I, the Lord, will watch over it, watering it
carefully. Day and night I will watch so no one can harm it.
3:14-15 “Return home, you wayward children,” says the
Lord, “for I am your master. I will bring you back to the land of Israel—one from this town and two from
that family—from wherever you are scattered. 15 And I will give you
shepherds after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and
4. Christ's Love for the
10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for
5:25 For husbands, this
means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for
28:19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Impart Spiritual Enlightenment
2:3 People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let
us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of Jacob’s
God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his
paths.” For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion; his
word will go out from Jerusalem.
Witness for Christ
1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon
you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
6. Holiness of the Church
Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God
himself. I promised you as a pure bride[a] to one husband—Christ.
5:27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church
without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and
3:14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things
to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure
and blameless in his sight.
7. Perpetuity of the
7:14 He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the
nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language
would obey him. His rule is eternal—it will never end. His kingdom will never
16:18 Now I say to you
that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build
my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
8. The Glorious Hope of
5:12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in
heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
Timothy 4:8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And
the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his
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from the New Living Bible courtesy of www.biblegateway.com
modified by HKM 09/07/2010