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November 6, 2022

The Church

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The Apostles’ Creed is a framework for essential Christian beliefs; it is not a series of checklists that one must agree with in order to be a Christian. Rather, it is the place where we begin our conversations about who God is, His redemptive story in the universe, and what that means for the world, His church, and us, as disciples of Jesus. Join us on Sundays in our new teaching series We Believe where we look at the Apostle’s Creed and the unity we have together in Christ.

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We encourage you to spend some time with God this week and go a bit deeper on this topic. Please consider these study questions for further reflection:

Question 1
When Jesus established the church here on earth (read Matthew 16:13-19), he didn't use bricks or wood or stained glass. He called his church the "ekklesia" which meant people who gather for a specific purpose or who are called our for a special task". The church isn't a building, it's a movement. What are some specific purposes or special tasks the church has? (Consider our mission statement "Tell, Love, Go")

Question 2
When we refer to the "holy catholic church", the word holy come from the Greek "haggis" which means "set apart, special, different". How is the church set apart and different than the world?

Question 3
When we declare that we believe in the holy catholic church, (lower case c) it doesn't mean we swear allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church (capital C). The word "catholic" means universal, diverse, all embracing". In what ways do you see Grace Community Church embracing this?

Question 4
Jesus created the church to be in communion with one another. The Greek word for "communion" is "koinonia" which means "fellowship, partnership, to share together in a close relationship with common goals". How do you see Grace Community practicing this? Are you involved in close relationship with others in the church? How can we be more involved with each other's lives? (See Acts 2:42-47)

Additional Scripture to study: Ephesians 4:4-6, Matthew 16:13-19, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Corinthians 1:2, Mark 2:15-17, Ephesians 4:15-16

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