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Lesson

A person cannot become a Christian by faith in Jesus Christ, without at the same time becoming a member of the people of God along with all his fellow believers and sharing in the life of the church. Indeed, we could not have come to know Jesus without the testimony of other Christians, their work in translating and distributing the Bible, and their prayers for us. Jesus came not to save individuals in isolation from one another, but to found a new community of people who would build one another up in the faith and evangelize the world. We must now explore what is meant by the church and what are its functions.

Outline

1. The Nature of the Church (Matthew 16:13-28)

A. Definition of church

B. Establishment of the church

C. Function of the church

2. The Life of the Church (Acts 11:19-30)

A. Teaching 

B. Fellowship

C. Prayer

D. Worship

3. The Means of Grace (Acts 2:37-47)

A. Baptism

B. Lord’s Supper

1. The Supper reminds us of Christ's death and its meaning to us

2. The Supper reminds us to be thankful for the gift of salvation

3. The Supper is a foretaste of a heavenly banquet

4. The Supper is a sign that Christians are spiritually nourished by him (John 6:51-58)

5. The Supper is a symbol of the unity of God's people

4. The Ministry of the Church