On Sunday, our theme will be “The Essential Church,” or more literally, the necessary church. The lesson — topical this time, gasp! — will have four points. All the verses come from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
- The church is essential for the salvation of others.
- The church is essential for service to others.
- The church is essential for the growth of the saints.
- The church is essential for the glory of God.
This topic is important because it highlights the centrality of the church in God’s plan for man between the coming of Christ in the flesh and his coming a second time to bring salvation to those who eagerly wait for him, Hb 9.28.
Earlier in the month, our themes were God’s peace, unity in Christ, and persecution.