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Church Is...

Church Is...

Think back to Rich’s message. What sticks out?

Key Scripture

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5:25-32 NIV

Three Purposes of the Church

  • Ministry to God
  • Ministry to others
  • Ministry to the world

Three Reasons the Church is Called the Bride of Christ

  • Intimacy
  • Protection
  • Rights

More Scripture

Ephesians 2:19-22, Hebrews 10:24-25, Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Corinthians 3:9

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Have you ever stuck up for your wife, mom, sister, or a significant other? Let’s hear the story.
  • Just for fun. Who is Rich’s celebrity look-a-like? Go.

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.

  • The Church Is _______. Finish the sentence.
  • Read Ephesians 5:25-32. According to this passage, who is the Church? What does Christ do for the Church?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.

  • Is your view of the Church mostly positive, mostly negative, or “meh”? How did you come to this view?
  • Rich said, “Whatever we avoid, the devil will invade.” What's something you want to stop avoiding?
  • We often talk about being the Church. How does this play out in your life?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

  • Jesus, You called us Your bride. You died for us. You protect us. You love us relentlessly despite our failures. You have made us righteous and gave us direct access to Your Father. Now, equip and empower us to show the world Your love. Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Decide together what it means for your LifeGroup to be the Church. Finish this statement: Our LifeGroup is _______.
  • Identify at least one purpose and one reason from the list that feels new to you. Bring these into your prayer and Bible reading this week.
  • Read through Rich Wilkerson Jr.'s Bible Plan this week:

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Church Is...

Church Is...

Let’s talk this weekend about what Church Is—and what church could be.

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