Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

The Church Defined: God’s Perspective

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. 1 Thessalonians 1:1

A. The Church Defined Biblically: God’s Perspective

1. The definition of the church: A called out assembly: 1 Thessalonians 1:1

2. The nature of the church: Relationships: 1 Thessalonians 1:1

a. Mutual spiritual growth and encouragement: Romans 1:8-12

b. Mutual affection and encouragement: Philippians 1:3-8

3. The Life of the church: Union and Communion: 1 Thessalonians 1:1, 1 John 1:3-4

a. Shepherd – sheep: Protected and provided for: John 10:11-16; 27-30

b. Vine – branches: Alive and fruit bearing: John 15:5

c. Family – members: United and investing: 1 Timothy 3:15

d. Head – body: Functional and directed: Ephesians 4:9-16

e. Husband – wife: United and intimate: Ephesians 5:22-27