The Abundant Church

by | Oct 10, 2021 | ReChurch, Sermon

Despite our romanticism about the early church, they had their fair share of problems – favoritism, theological arguments, and divisions (to name a few). Yet there remained a vision of an abundant church – full of energy, unity, and life. While the church today navigates its own problems, how do we make the vision of an abundant church a reality?

In 1 Corinthians 14:12, Paul urges the church to “strive to excel at building up the church.” What does a church that is “built up” look like? List some of the qualities or characteristics of this kind of church.

In the sermon, we discussed how Christian cliches may lead to confusion and division. But is there a time and place for cliches? Can you think of situations where cliches are helpful linguistic tools?

Do you ever hear something at church, or read something in the Bible, and not understand what’s being said? Who do you go to ask questions about what these things mean? What qualities do they possess that make them safe and reliable?

In 1 Corinthians 14:33, Paul reminds the Corinthians that “God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” What is the connection between understanding and peace?

In Luke 12:12, Jesus tells His disciples, “the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what to say.” He makes this statement in the context of the disciples being brought to trial for their faith in Him. But in what ways do you depend on the Holy Spirit to teach you what to say at home, at work, or at church?

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