- Christ and His Church
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
A. The Church is Christ’s Bride
2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
2 Corinthians 11:2
B. The Church is Christ’s Body
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
C. The Church is Christ’s Building
9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.1 Corinthians 3:9
D. The Church is Christ’s Family
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,
- The Church and the Kingdom of God
43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”
31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
- The Church works for Christ
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.