The Local Church

This article provides a collection of Bible references dealing with the basic attitude and activities which are present in a local church that is functioning as described in Ephesians 4:11-16.
Attitudes in the Local Church

  1. Love for one another: Rom. 13:8; 1 Thess. 3:11,12; 4:9,10; 2 Thess. 1:3; 1 Peter 1:22.
  2. Forbearance or relaxed tolerance toward others: Eph. 4:2; Col. 3:13.
  3. Acceptance or willingness to receive others into assembly: Rom. 15:7.
  4. An attitude which is neither judgmental or con-demning: Rom. 14:13; 1 Cor. 4:5; James 4:11,12
  5. Willingness to subordinate one’s own desires to the needs and interests of others: Phil. 2:3,4; 1 Pet. 5:5,6; Rom. 12:10.
  6. Genuine devotion toward one another as Fam-ily of God: Rom. 12:10.
  7. Harmony or rapport that transcends social bar-riers: Rom. 12:16-18; 14:19; James 2:1-4.
  8. Priority of unity within the congregations: Eph. 4:3,13; Col. 3:14.
  9. Forgiveness: Eph. 4:32.
  10. Encouraging one another: Heb. 3:12,13; 10:24; 1 Thess. 5:11; Rom. 15:4,5.

Activities in the Local Church

  1. Edifying one another: Eph. 4:29; 1 Thess. 5:11; Rom. 14:18-20; 15:1,2.
  2. Serving one another: Gal. 5:13.
  3. Being kind to one another: Eph. 4:32; 1 Peter 3:8,9.
  4. Showing hospitality: 1 Peter 4:9; 3 John 5-8.
  5. Partaking of the Communion: 1 Cor. 11:17-34; Acts 2:42-46.
  6. Admonishing one another: Rom. 15:14; 1 Cor. 4:14; 1 Thess. 5:14.
  7. Restoring carnal believers: Gal. 6:1.
  8. Praying for one another: James 5:16.

The Local Church’s Function as a Community of Believers

  1. Our relationship with God is described in fam-ily terms: Gal. 3:26; John 1:12,13.
  2. Christians are commanded to have a family-like devotion to one another: Rom. 12:10.
  3. The local church is called the household of God: 1 Tim. 3:15.
  4. Paul recommends to Timothy how to relate to others in the congregation: 1 Tim. 5:1,2
  5. Leadership qualifications include how well a man fulfills his family responsibilities: 1 Tim. 3:4,5,12.
  6. A woman’s role in the local church is described in the same terms as her role in the family: 1 Tim. 2:11-13; 1 Cor. 14:34-35.

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4 thoughts on “The Local Church”

  1. Great blog. Its wonderful to meet you folks, and see your understanding of Ephesians 4:11 – 16.
    The Lord has led me the same route, starting first with Isaiah 58.
    When we said to the Lord that there were certain things we could not do to comply with Isaiah 58, He led us to Ephesians 4.
    And He has continued to expand on the wonderful way of doing Church in Ephesians 4 since 1989.
    Blessings to you and yours


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