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Here’s our three part series on biblical images that shows the importance of the church.  It’s part of our Sunday Series that looks at the church in hopes that the Lord will use this to encourage believers to see the Church as important not just merely for attendance but something to be committed to and to love.

So here’s the link to the three part posts:

 

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Part 2

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  1. Proof
    1. “Wives,be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.” (Ephesians 5:22-24)
      1. Here we see the Church described side by side as an analogy with the wife.
      2. The head of the bride is Christ (23)
      3. Church is thus subject to Christ like a bride to the husband (24)
    2. For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for Ibetrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.” (2 Corinthian 11:3)
      1. Here Paul gives the imagery of the church being betrothed to Christ.
      2. This imagery is situated in a verse that Paul talks about His involvement with the sanctification of the church.
    3. Picture: If Christ is the bride, on the Lord’s Day how do we view the Savior and the Church? Are we excited?
    4. Practice
      1. If Christ loves the church with its imperfection, it should make us realize we should also love the church with its imperfection with no excuses.

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Part 1

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This is part 2 in looking at the images and analogies the Bible gives in describing the church.  We are looking at these motif to draw out the implications for readers to see the importance of the church in our own lives in light of how important the church is in God’s eyes.

God sees the church as a body

  1. Proof
    1. The Bible describe Christ relationship to the Church as head to the body
      1. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” (Colossians 1:18)
        1. As the head Christ controls the rest of the church which is His body.
        2. Note also how this analogy drives Paul to suffer for the church (Colossians 1:24)
      2. Other passages: Ephesians 1:23, 2:15.
  2. Picture: Health is important; today’s fitness industry reveals our culture’s obsession with being fit:
    1. “The IHRSA also reported that the total revenue in the fitness industry reached $21.8 billion in 2012.[xv]  This is a significant increase from the $20.3 billion made in 2010 by the industry.[xvi]  Since 2008, health club memberships rose by 10%, while the number of non-member patrons also increased by 5%.[xvii] This particular number went up from 7.7 million patrons in 2008 to 8.3 in 2012. [xviii][1]
    2. Another website noted that there’s 29, 501 businesses with 573,328 people working in this industry.[2]
    3. “…over 60% of Americans regularly participate in fitness sports as of 2012.[xix] This is the fifth consecutive year in which these numbers have remained stable at 60% or more[xx]. This goes to show that the fitness trend is not going away soon in America and the fitness industry is only going to grow stronger each year. All in all, fitness is a profitable industry in the US and the numbers will only continue to rise.”[3]
  1. Practice
    1. If people are willing to go all out to take care of God’s temple that the Lord has given them how more so should they care and prioritize the church, the body of Christ! Do you value the body of Christ?
    2. In the end it comes down to the issue of love because that’s what can sustain you to be selfless and sacrificial for imperfect people in the church; do you have the Love of God in your life?
    3. Practice your spiritual gifts (Romans 12:4-5)!
    4. Don’t treat the church as a bad gym membership: You go once a year, merely to pay your dues.
    5. Become a member: “because we are members of His body” (Ephesians 5:30); explanation of church membership class.

[1] http://blog.gyminsight.com/2013/05/most-current-fitness-industry-statistics/

[2] http://www.ibisworld.com/industry/default.aspx?indid=1655

[3] http://blog.gyminsight.com/2013/05/most-current-fitness-industry-statistics/

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Purpose: In this series will see three analogies that God’s Word use to describe the importance of the Church with today specifically being that God sees the Church as His Building, that is, the Temple so that we too will see the importance of Church in our life.

God sees the church as the Building of God, the Temple

  1. Proof
    1. The Jews believe in the importance of the Temple in Jerusalem for their faith and piety with God. It was the center of their religious life.
    2. Yet Jesus taught that “an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father” (John 4:21)
      1. Christians don’t need to go to Jerusalem and rebuild a Temple there to Worship God.
      2. But that does not take away the concept of the church is one sense a temple as we shall see below.
    3. Ephesians 2:19-22= “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the [p]saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy [q]temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
      1. Church here (Jews and Gentiles) are described in verse 19 as being part of “God’s household” (19)
      2. Notice the cornerstone is Christ in verse 20.
      3. Then the foundation upon Christ is “apostles and prophets” (20)
      4. Church members are then described as part of the building (21)
      5. That building is “a holy [q]temple in the Lord” (21)
      6. That is because believers “together” experiences the “dwelling of God in the Spirit” (22)
    4. Church members are part of living stones and not dead (1 Peter 2:5)
    5. Christians are all involved with the “building up” of the Church according to 1 Corinthians 3:9-15.
      1. What is built upon it will be tested by the Lord one day (12-15)
      2. This should lead believers to be careful with how they build as 12 warns us.
  1. Picture: The Jews would fight all out in defense of their Temple from invaders. Do we see the importance of the Church like that given it’s motif as a Temple?
  2. Practice
    1. Like how the Jews saw the Temple as important in following God, do you see the importance of the Church when you follow Christ?
    2. Sometimes people struggle with being a part of something that is of significance that is greater than themselves: They join the military, etc.  If you are a Christian saved by Jesus Christ do you realize you are in an organization that is eternally significant for God and humanity?
    3. Look again at Ephesian 2:22: is the Spirit residing in your life? How about as a church?
    4. How are you building the church? Will your input last for eternity?  Or will Christ have to remove your contribution?

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