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Devotional - The Church of God

Scripture: Acts 20:17-32 NASB

Are we willing to let the New Testament be our guide in all we teach and practice in the church today?

I. What is the church? (28-29)

A. The church belongs to _____.

----> He purchased it with His own _______.

----> Since the church belongs to God, does He have the right to say how He wants the church to be regarding its mission, worship, teaching, and organization?

----> History shows how far people have drifted from God's will in each of these four areas.

B. The church is God's flock.

----> This implies God wants His sheep to be together.

----> Christ provides local leaders for His flock. Who are they?

---->They are called _______ (17) and __________ (28). They are to shepherd or _______ the flock (28).

----> In the NT these terms are used as synonyms.

----> In denominational terminology these terms often mean something else.

II. God's church is based on God's ________ (17-27).

A. The church at Ephesus was established on preaching.

----> Paul taught the ________ truth (20:20, 27).

----> He testified of repentance toward God and ______ in Christ (21) and the gospel of the ______ of God (24).

----> He went about preaching the __________ (25).

B. Many ________ to Paul's preaching (19:8-10, 20).

C. The gospel is preached------> hearers respond------> the church is formed.

III. God's church is threatened by _________ teaching (28-32).

A. Paul warns the elders: "...be on the _______..." (31).

B. God's church is kept _________ by God's word (32).

C. God's word is able to build you up and give you the inheritance.

 

***Answers from NASB, yours may differ slightly according to your Bible version.

I. A. The church belongs to _God____.

----> He purchased it with His own __blood_____.

B. They are called __elders___ (17) and ___overseers__ (28). They are to shepherd or __pastor__ the flock (28).

II. God's church is based on God's _word_ (17-27).

A. Paul taught the __whole__ truth (20:20, 27).

----> He testified of repentance toward God and __faith__ in Christ (21) and the gospel of the _grace_ of God (24).

----> He went about preaching the __kingdom___ (25).

B. Many __flocked__ to Paul's preaching (19:8-10, 20).

III. God's church is threatened by __false___ teaching (28-32).

A. Paul warns the elders: "...be on the _alert_..." (31).

B. God's church is kept __safe_ by God's word (32).

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