I will build my church;and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18 KJV)
The Church is not a building.
The Church is the Body of Christ.
The Church is a gathering of believers.
We don’t go to church… We ARE the Church!
There is no perfect church.
The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. (Acts 11:36 KJV)
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form
one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us (Romans 12:4-6 NIV)
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? (1 Corinthians 12:27-30 NIV)
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one…(John 17:20-21 NIV)
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)
The Church has a specific mission.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47 NIV)
Pray for our church family:
• Children/teens/future generations
• Direction, wisdom, mission/vision
• Discipleship, Ephesians 4:10, “equipping the saints”
• Our finances depend on your faithfulness and generosity to
fund and fuel ministry.
• Open door for the message – Alpha, Easter Egg Hunts
• Boldness to share the Gospel
When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” At that, Paul
left the Council. Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. (Acts 17:32-34 NIV)
My heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. (Romans 10:1 NIV)
Passages of scripture you can use when praying for the Church:
John 17, 1 Corinthians 1:4-9, Ephesians 1:16-23, 3:14-21