Thursday, January 21, 2010

God Created the Church

At our Transformation House Bible studies, we are looking at what the Bible says about God as Creator.  In our first meeting, we looked at how God created the church. 

One of Jesus' main objectives was to build His church (Matthew 16:18 and Colossians 1:17-18).

Our main point was that everything we do in the church and as the church is ALWAYS relational.  God's very first observation after creating Adam was that it was not good for him to be alone (Genesis 2:18). 

In the Bible, the church is referred to in many different ways, including family, a body, a fellowship, a community, a building, a bride, branches, and sheep.  None of these can function alone.  A family requires at least two members.  A body has many parts.  No one can fellowship alone.  A community is not a community if there is only one house.  A building needs many bricks.  A bride isn't a bride without a groom.  Branches need a vine or trunk.  Sheep need a shepherd.  EVERYTHING IS RELATIONAL.

We determined that the normal functions of the church - fellowship, evangelism, discipleship, and worship - aren't just for Sundays.  Our goal at Transformation House is to incorporate these into our daily routines in a way that exudes life. 

We want to keep our message simple: God loves you and can change your life. 

We want to keep from focusing on one leader, and keep Jesus in the spotlight.

We want everyone to have a place to participate in our activities. 

We want to create and foster community. 

Our homework was to read the following scriptures:
Galatians 6:2; John 13:34; James 5:16; and Hebrews 10:25.

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