Real Church Part4 “Real Community”

Real Church – Part 4

Real Community

We’ve looked at the real _____________, ______________ and ______________ of the church.

The word “church” in the Bible never means _______________.

Thinking of the church as a _________________ is a barrier to building _________________ in the church.

Real community does not see the church as a _____________ with walls but as _______________ with needs.

The church as a place needs my ______________ and my __________.  The church as people needs my _____________.

Luke, the author of Acts, is not just ______________ about real church community; rather Luke ________________ real church community.

Acts 2:40-47

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Real church community is _____________, not ______________.

Three characteristics of a CAUSAL church community:

  1. Real church community involves a ______________.

The early church’s cause was ______________.

The cause of Jesus is the only cause with both        ______________ and ______________ ramifications.

  1. Real church community involves _____________________.

The early church had a ________________ and    ________________ community.

Do I have a ______________ or ______________ commitment           to Buffalo Valley and Jesus Christ?

  1. Real church community involves _________________.

We can change the ______________ of our ______________  and _____________ community because of ______________.