Life after Salvation
starting, steering, and staying right according to the Bible
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Pastor Ralph H. Flynn
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Church attendance has caused confusion among many people. First, you ought to attend a church that teaches you about Christ and how to be SAVED. Second, the primary textbook for the entire church and Sunday School should be the BIBLE. Third, the church ought to give ALTAR CALLS, inviting people to be saved, and for the saved to get their hearts right with God. How often you are to attend is a question for some. You are to attend each time the doors are open for a service. Sunday Morning is not the most important service of the week nor is Sunday Night. The most important service of the week is the Mid-week Prayer Meeting. In most churches attendance is high on Sunday Morning, drops for the Evening Service, and reaches its all time low on the Mid-week Prayer Meeting Night. This should not be the case. Let's see what the Scripture has to say about church attendance.
07.01 In Acts 2:41-42, after the 3,000 were saved and baptized, what happened to them? ________________________________________________ 07.02 You can only add to something that already exists. Yes _______ No _______ 07.03 According to Acts 1:15, what was the membership of the first church in Jerusalem?_________ 07.04 In Hebrews 10:25, we are warned to do what about the assembling of ourselves together? ______________________________________________ 07.05 In that same verse, we are taught to assemble ourselves __________ 07.06 In Hebrews 10:24, we are told to do what to one another?__________ 07.07 We are to consider and provoke one another to do what? Heb. 10:24_______________________________ 07.08 Please explain in your own words what Heb. 10:24-25 means. ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ 07.09 In I Corinthians 15:58, we are taught to be three things in the Lord's work. What are they? (1) ______________________________________________ (2) ______________________________________________ (3) ______________________________________________ What do they mean? __________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 07.10 According to Acts 2:47, what type of people does God add to the church? ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ 07.11 Does Acts 2:47 mean that only saved people should be members of the church? Yes _______ No _______ 07.12 In Acts 15:25, what did Luke say about being assembled? ________________________ 07.13 What does Acts 11:26 say that Paul did with the Church when he came to Antioch? (1) ___________________________________________________________________________ (2) ___________________________________________________________________________ 07.14 In Acts 9:26, what did Saul want to do with the disciples? ______________________________________________________ Pastor's note: You can only join something that is already existing. You join to identify yourself with those who believe like you. 07.15 In Ephesians 5:23: (1) What is Christ's position in the Church?________________________ (2) How is the Church represented? _____________________________ 07.16 How did Christ obtain the Church? Acts 20:28 ______________________________________________________ 07.17 What has He done for us through His death? Eph.1:7___________________________________________________________ 07.18 What proves that we are God's children and thus members of His Church? I John 4:7________________________________________________________ 07.19 Romans 12:4-5 teaches that all believers are: __________________________________________________________ Each believer is given a different, but important responsibility in this spiritual body, the church. Read I Corinthians 12:14-27. 07.20 If any Christian is helped or suffers, how does this affect us as believers? I Corinthians 12:26 ______________________________________________ 07.21 What is every Christian's responsibility to others in the church? I Peter 4:10 _____________________________________________________ 07.22 Where did believers meet before they had church buildings? Romans 16:5 ______________________________________________________ I Corinthians 16:19 _________________________________________________ 07.23 On what day did they meet? Acts 20:7 _____________________________________ 07.24 From Acts 2:42, list four things that are important to the church. (1) ____________________________________________________ (2) ____________________________________________________ (3) ____________________________________________________ (4) ____________________________________________________ 07.25 What is God's desire for the local church? I Corinthians 1:20 Write in your own words. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Pastor's Note: A pastor or minister is a shepherd or the spiritual leader of a local church. He is responsible to nurture, train and lead the believers in his flock. The terms pastor (Eph. 4:11), presbytery (I Tim. 4:14), bishop (I Tim. 3:1) and elder (I Peter 5:1) all refer to the pastor. In the Greek, they all mean "overseer." 07.26 What is the purpose or duty of the pastor? I Peter 5:2 _______________________________________________________________ 07.27 What kind of spiritual leadership did God promise in the Old Testament? Jeremiah 3:15 __________________________________________ Read Ephesians 4:11-16: 07.28 Who, in addition to the apostles and prophets, have been made responsible to build up the church? Eph. 4:11 _____________________________________________________ 07.29 What are the reasons why these duties are given? Eph. 4:12 _____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ 07.30 What is the ultimate goal of such Christian services? Eph. 4:13 _____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Read Acts 20:28: 07.31 Church leaders are presented as _______________________________ 07.32 Who gives them position? ______________________________________ 07.33 What is their responsibility? _________________________________ 07.34 How should the church's leaders accept their responsibility? I Peter 5:2 ___________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Read I Peter 5:3-4: 07.35 How should they exercise their authority? _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ 07.35 The faithful shepherd is promised a reward when Christ comes again. True ________ False ________ 07.36 The Pastor is to preach: (1) Eph. 3:8 ______________________________________________ (2) II Tim. 4:2 ___________________________________________ (3) II Cor. 4:5 ____________________________________________ 07.37 What does Hebrews 10:25 warn us not to neglect? _____________________________________________________________ Read Ephesians 4:2-3: 07.38 What is our responsibility? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 07.39 What will promote unity? ____________________________________ 07.40 How should those who are appointed to preach and teach be supported? I Corinthians 9:14 __________________________________________ CONCLUSION:
When you trust Christ as Saviour, you become part of the body of Christ, the universal Church. He requires you to become part of a local church where you are to be baptized and attend every service. Not all churches preach the Bible, and not all churches that preach the Bible, obey the Bible. Believers should fellowship with a Bible-preaching, Bible-teaching church. Hebrews 10:25.
Pastor's note: Center your life and the life of your family around your local church. Attend every service, especially the Mid-week Prayer Service. Don't make going to church a "have to", but a "want to." Look for areas where you can serve Him in your local church. Volunteer. Be a role model for the youth of the church. Use the talent God has given to you for the edifying of the saints and the building of the local church. We are to "occupy until He comes" Luke 19:13. Let's do the best job we can. And let's be found doing it when He comes.
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