Church Manual - Tuesday July 29, 2014
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22 NIV
At its most basic, a church is a collection of believers that is under the authority of Jesus. This is what the apostles built and started-churches. They gave their lives for this, literally.
The apostles had been given a mission-the Great Commission-to make disciples of all nations. Obviously, the organization they founded would be all about making this happen. The church is God's vehicle, God's instrument, for evangelizing the world, making disciples, and equipping and teaching them to obey all that Jesus has commanded us.
God uses different pictures to help us understand what He wants His church to be. One image is that of a building or temple. Christ is the cornerstone and the apostles are the foundation (Ephesians 2:20). This is why the book of Acts is the church manual. We are to follow the apostles' direction and example concerning what God wants the church to be. As the next generation, you need to be poring over and prayerfully studying the New Testament, and the Book of Acts in particular, to figure out what God wants your church to become to reach and make disciples in the 21st century.
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