Learning guide, part 2

Part 2 – Our Statements

1 Corinthians 1:10

Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.


Our Purpose Statement

  • (Matthew 28: 19-20).

Loving Jesus.  Loving People.  Serving Everyone.

I.  We exist to celebrate God’s presence – ____________________

  • (Matthew 4:10; John 4: 23-24)

Expressions of Worship:

* Greeting (Philippians 4:21-22)

* Singing (Ephesians 5:19)

* Preaching /______________ (Acts 2:42)

* Praying (Psalms 95:6)

* _______________ (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)

* Baptism (Romans 6:3-4)

* Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

* Commitment (Romans 12:1-2)

Worship can involve:

  • Rejoicing (Psalm 122:1)
  • Inspiration (Isaiah 40:30-31)
  • ___________________ (Ephesians 4:11-13)
  • Quiet _____________ (Psalm 46:10)
  • ___________________ (Psalm 150)

As Dr. Jim Henry has been quoted as saying, “We have to be careful that we don’t mislabel our preferences as _________________.”

II.  We exist to communicate God’s Word – _____________________

  • (Romans 10: 13-14)

Why our church must never stop growing:

  1. Because God ____________ people.
  • (2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 9: 12-13)
  1. Because God ______________ it.
  • (Luke 14:23; Acts 1:8)
  1. Because it is God’s ___________.
  • (Matthew 16:18 ; Matthew 28:19-20)

Unbiblical excuses for not attempting to grow:

“God isn’t interested in _________________.”

“Our church wants quality not _____________.”

“Large churches are_____________________.”

  • (Matthew 24:14)

III.  We exist to love God’s people – __________________________

  • (Proverbs 27:17; Hebrews 10:25)

 IV.  We exist to educate God’s people – _________________________

  • (Hebrews 6:1; 2 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:11-13)

V.  We exist to demonstrate God’s love – _______________________

  • (John 13:35; 1 John 3:16-17)

Our Faith Statement

In essential beliefs – we have ______________.

  • (Ephesians 4:4-6)

In non-essential beliefs – we have _____________.

  • (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22)

In all our beliefs – we show __________________.

  • (1 Corinthians 13:2)

The Essentials We Believe:

  1. About God

Genesis 1:1, 26; 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14

  1. About Jesus Christ

Matthew 1:22-23;  Isaiah 9:6;  John 1:1-5; 14:10-30;  Hebrews 4:14, 15;  1 Corinthians 15:3,4;  Romans 1:3-4;  Acts 1:9-11;  1 Timothy 6:14, 15;  Titus 2:13

  1. About the Holy Spirit

Matthew 1:19; Romans 8:9-11; Galatians 4:6; 1 John 4:13

  1. About the Bible

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20- 21, 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

  1. About People

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

  1. About Salvation

Romans 6:23;  Ephesians 2: 8-9;  John 14:6, 1:12;  Titus 3:5;  Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

  1. About Eternal Security

John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1: 3-5


Our Practice Statement

* Bible as our sole__________________

  • (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

 * Autonomy of each_______________________________

  • (Colossians 1:18)

 

* Priesthood of all________________________________

  • (1 Peter 2:9)

 

* Tithing

  • (Leviticus 27:30; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Matthew 23:23-24)

 

 * Immersion

  • (Colossians 2:12)

 

 * Spirit-led living

  • (John 15:5; Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 5:18)

 

 * Telling others about Christ

  • (1 Peter 3:15)

 

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