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Love Your Church Series – Part 1 – “Belonging”

September 12, 2021

Study Questions for Discussion:

  1. Did you grow up in the church or did you come to the church much later in life?  
  2. What was the church like that you grew up in? 
  3. If someone asked you to describe the LebNaz church to them, how would you describe it?
  4. How would you show from the Scriptures that God has given us a need for community? 
  5. What are some things that break down community and what would be some things that would build up community?
  6. God has given us a place to belong, the church, now we need to maintain it.  How can we help maintain our God given place to belong? (See Ephesians 4:2) 
  7. God has given us a place to belong, the church, now we need to commit to it.  How can we be committed to our God given place to belong? (See Hebrews 10:25)
  8. What challenges have you faced to keep being connected with others in the church, small group, worshipping believers that share life together?
  9. What makes the church different from any other club, group, or gathering.  “ekklesia” = Church = “gathering” or “assembly”?
  10. What example can you give from Scripture that leads one to believe it is ok to be a “Lone Ranger” Christian?  What examples can you give from Scripture that leads one to believe we are made for community.
    1. Church discipline… 
      1. Matthew18:15-17
      2. 1 Corinthians 5:9-13
      3. 1 Timothy 5
      4. Acts 2:41, 44
      5. Hebrews 13:17
    2. Metaphors for the Church…
      1. Stones in the temple
      2. Members of a family
      3. Citizens of a kingdom
      4. Members of a body

How do all of these Scriptures and metaphors speak of membership and belonging

  1. How is active belonging a privilege, responsibility, and a doorway to others?
  2. How can a better understanding of the Scriptures help elevate our concept of the church?
    1. Ephesians 3:20-21
    2. Ephesians 4:1-6
    3. Ephesians 4:11-13
    4. Ephesians 4:14-16
    5. Ephesians 5:25
    6. Ephesians 3:10
  3. Discuss our privilege, responsibility, and a doorway to others when believes meet for worship and it’s impact on…
    1. Building up the church
    2. Angels marveling
    3. Demons shuddering with fear and trembling
  4. What are some obstacles to Community?
  5. Discuss how community is NOT easy, and what can be done to help insure Community – A Gospel – Jesus Centered Family.