The Church

  1. The church is the only institution that our Lord promised to build and to bless (Matt. 16:18).
  2. The church is the gathering place of true worshippers (Phil. 3:3).
  3. The church is the most precious assembly on earth since Christ purchased it with His own blood (Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 5:25; Col. 1:20; 1 Pet. 1:18; Rev. 1:5).
  4. The church is the earthly expression of the heavenly reality (Matt. 6:10; 18:18).
  5. The church will ultimately triumph both universally and locally (Matt. 16:18; Phil. 1:6).
  6. The church is the realm of spiritual fellowship (Heb. 10:22-25; 1 John 1:3, 6-7).
  7. The church is the proclaimer and protector of divine truth (1 Tim. 3:15; Titus 2:1, 15).
  8. The church is the chief place for spiritual edification and growth (Acts 20:32; Eph. 4:11-16; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Pet. 2:1-2; 2 Pet. 3:18).
  9. The church is the launching pad for world evangelization (Mark 16:15; Titus 2:11).
  10. The church is the environment where strong spiritual leadership develops and matures (2 Tim. 2:2).19

from Ed Stetzer ComeBack Churches

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