Concerning the Church – part 12

Scripture Text: Matthew 13:47-50

Many kinds of people are drawn to the Church, but not all are members of the Church. Some have an outward appearance of of belonging, yet that does not make them true members of the spiritual kingdom of Christ.

Concerning the Church – part 10

Scripture Text: 1 John 3:2-7

As worshipers come forward for Holy Communion, many pause at the baptismal font, place their fingers in the water, and make the sign of the cross on their forehead.

Concerning the Church – part 9

Scripture Text: Galatians 3:24-29

All those who by nature were born Jews, or Abraham’s seed, were given the law so that they might be an example to the nations of how God would have people live.

Concerning the Church – part 8

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

The Body of Christ is not an organization that merely goes through the motions of ceremonies. The Church has gifts in the heart, namely, the Holy Spirit and faith.

Concerning the Church – part 6

Scripture Text: Ephesians 5:25–27

When we perceive the threat to the Church—a threat that exists both from within and without—we can be led to despair of her continued existence.

Concerning the Church – part 5

Scripture Text: Philippians 2:12-16a

We believe in the Church. This is the congregation of those who believe in Christ. They are spread throughout the ages—past, present, and future.

Concerning the Church – part 3

Scripture Text: Ephesians 1:15-23

We deplore the condition of some church bodies, that they have abandoned the Word of God for culturally correct beliefs. Yet, we should not complain overly much.

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