The Bible, from cover to cover, is a message of redemption. We are currently in the Church age so while it is important to help people understand what has come before and what will come after, to give them a big picture perspective, it is very important for them to grasp the present day part of God’s plan.
We’ve looked at how Jesus died on the cross and how those who put their trust in Him will be saved, not by anything they do but because of what HE did on their behalf. Bible teachers need to help students understand that while becoming a Christian begins with a personal decision to trust in Jesus for their salvation, they become part of a family of believers … the Church (1 Cor. 12:13). The Christian life is not something to be lived in isolation. We are members of one another (Rom. 12:5).
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Eph. 2:19-22)
Key Truths about the Church to Weave into Your Teaching
- God has an eternal purpose for the Church. Though the Church today might seem flawed, it is still part of God’s eternal plan.
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Eph. 3:10-11)
God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. (1 Tim. 3:15)
- God has made Jesus the Head of the Church. When we get our strength and direction from Him, the Church can make a real difference in this world. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn. 15:5).
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Eph. 1:22-23)
Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. (Eph. 5:23)
- God has entrusted the Church with His message of redemption. We have the privilege of working in cooperation with the Lord to accomplish His work on this earth.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (2 Cor. 5:20)
- God has designed the Church to function interdependently. When we operate according to His design we experience growth and health as a Body.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:16)
While a study of the church, ecclesiology, includes so much more than what has been covered in this post, the above four points are a good starting point for Bible teachers to incorporate into their teaching. Look for tips for doing that in the next post.