Ephesians 4:1 – 16, 5:15 – 6:4
Ephesians 5:25–32 (NKJV)
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
I The Church is made up of believers and their children
II The Church is the Bride of Christ
III Christ’s desire for His bride is that she may be perfectly beautiful
“He cannot have God for his Father who has not the church for his mother.”
“There is nothing more unchristian than a solitary Christian.”
“To stay away from church is to spit in God’s face and to despise His gift of the kingdom.”
R. C. Sproul
“The question whether or not to join the church or belong to the church is not one that is open for the Christian believer.”
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