Lesson 30: The Church: The Function of the Church


Read Know the Truth: Chapter 24: The Church: The Function of the Church (Pages 297-306)

Questions for Discussion

1. What were the principles which underlay the worship of God’s people in the OT? In which ways is worship under the new covenant (testament) different?

2. Discuss the roles of freedom and order/form in worship: what guidance does Scripture offer here?

3. What does fellowship (koinōnia) mean? Examine ways in which fellowship was expressed in the NT churches. What are today’s equivalents?

4. Assess the significance for true fellowship of (a) ‘apostles’ doctrine’ (Acts 2:42), (b) the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 10:11), (c) the Spirit and his gifts (1 Cor. 12 – 13).

5. What is the significance of the Bible’s teaching about spiritual gifts as far as ministry in the church is concerned?

6. List the NT requirements for specialized ministers in the church (cf. 1 Tim. 3:1–13; Titus 1:9–15; Acts 6:3f.).

7. How does the church’s witness serve God’s glory?

8. What does ‘mission’ entail?

9. What are the main biblical bases for Christian social involvement?

10. What does Scripture teach about mission through (a) prayer, (b) financial gifts, (c) personal witness, (d) corporate church witness? Examine in each area the implications for your personal commitment to mission.

Milne, Bruce (2012-11-28). Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief (p. 306). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.

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