Doctrine: The Church: The Body And Bride ~ Ephesians 4:11-16

I.  The Head (Christ)  (Ephesians 4:15)

a. As the head how concerned is Christ about what happens to His body (Ephesians 1:22-23)?

b. Whom is the church built on (Matthew 16:18)?

c. ‘Peter’ and ‘rock’ play an important role in properly understanding this passage in Matthew. Peter = petros…pebble.  Rock = Petra…bedrock.  How does this help?

d. What role doe the Head play in the ‘Body?”

II.  The Body (Ephesians 4:11-16)  *The Visible Church

a. What parts has the Lord “given” to the Body and what purpose is served?

b. What does 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 have to say about what parts of the Body are most important?

c. What parts of the Body have to function and contribute for the Body to grow and edify itself in love?                                                                                                 

III. Bride (Ephesians 5:22-33)  *The Invisible Church

a. What relationship does Paul use to communicate the connection of Christ and His Church?

b. What role does the Bride fulfill toward the Groom and what role does the Groom fulfill toward the Bride?  

c. In each parties response toward the other…what is being communicated?

d. What wonderful promise is written in Revelation 19:7-9?  

IV.  Application:   Where do you fit in the Body of Christ and are you doing your part?

  July 2018  
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