Love, Joy, Peace...
The Church Study
Some questions before you begin:  
-Do you have any questions about anything we have studied or  anything you have read?  
-How is your discipleship going? Have you talked to anyone about  what you’ve been learning?  
-What do you remember about the studies so far?  

Acts 2:42-47  
-This is the 1st century church in action. Our church strives to live  up to these characteristics.  
-They were devoted, completely committed, to God’s word,  fellowship, communion (do you understand communion?) and  prayer. There was a sense of awe and excitement. They generously shared with one another to meet all kinds of needs. (For information on tithing see Malachi 3:6-12)  The body grew spiritually and numerically. How do you feel about living this out in our church? 

They were devoted to...
...the apostles teaching...
Ephesians 2:19-22
-The church is God's household, or family!
-It is meant to be built upon the foundation of God's Word (spotless and prophets, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone)

...and to fellowship...
Hebrews 10:23-25  
-How will the church help you to “hold unswervingly”? 
-What does it mean to spur one another on? How important is it to  consider others? How can you practice this?  
-How important is it to meet together regularly?  
-Do you know what all the meetings of the body are? Are you  committed to being there?  

Hebrews 3:12-14  
-Whose responsibility is it to keep each other from falling away?  
-How do we stay strong as Christians? How could you live out the  call to daily encouragement?  
-Real relationships keep our hearts from being hard. As disciples in  the church we have many opportunities to confess sin, get advice,  give encouragement and help others. We accomplish this through  midweek small groups.  
-Do you understand what discipleship groups are all about? Who  have you built relationships with in the church? Who would you like  to get to know?  
-Why are real relationships important for staying faithful?  

1 Corinthians 12:12-27  
-What can you learn about the Biblical church from this passage?  In what ways do you need the church?  
-In what ways does the church need you?  
-Are you committed to being a vibrant member of Christ’s body?  What will your life look like as a member of the church?  

...the breaking of bread...
I Corinthians 11:23-26
-Communion is a time to remember Jesus' death on the cross and what it means to us as his disciples
-We will do further study on this in the Follow-Up Studies

Meeting You Where You Are:  
-Marriage and parenting should be greatly strengthened by the church. Ephesians 5:22-33, 1 Pet 3:1-7 and Ephesians 6:1-4  are just a few scriptures that form a Biblical foundation for Christian marriage and parenting.  
-Singles are also strengthened by the standard of God’s word. 2 Corinthians 6:14- 18, Ephesians 5:1-7 and 1 Timothy 4:12 form the  basis for the pure life that God expects and provide a Biblical  foundation for a great marriage.  
-Talk about how being a part of the church will change you and help you based on your current life situation. How will  being a part of the church affect big decisions in the  future?  

Key Questions:  
-Will you be committed to Christ through his church?  
-What are ways you can begin serving to strengthen the church?

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1565 Smith Road, Charleston, WV 25314
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