T-Life Guide
Within Reach | Week 1: What is the Church? | March 11 - 17
People have a lot of different opinions about what the Church IS and what the Church SHOULD be in the world today. At Relevant, we've long-said that Jesus is the hope of the world, and the Church is His agent of hope. But actually bringing REAL hope to our neighbors, our city, and world is a tall order. In this 3-part sermon series, we explore how the Church was originally meant to live and how bringing hope to the world is actually something that is within reach.
Main Point
The church is a gathering of PEOPLE whose identity is Jesus, and who's purpose is to carry on Jesus' mission.
Discussion Questions
  1. When you hear the word 'church', what is the first thing that comes to mind? What do you think the outside world thinks when they hear the word church?
  2. Why do you personally attend the gathering regularly?
  3. Read Matthew 16:13-18 aloud. What is the significance of the rock in this passage?
  4. In his sermon, Ronnie uses a word not common today: "Ekklesia" as the original word for 'church'. What is the meaning of this word, and how does it differ from the word, church?
  5. Ronnie said that 1) the church is a people 2) the foundation of the church is Jesus and 3) the purpose of the church is to carry on God's mission. If we settle for anything other than these three statements, we are a kirche. Would you say that you naturally lean toward simply going to a kirche, or being a part of an Ekklesia? And why?
  6. Thinking about everything above, what would you say your next step is in order contribute to God's mission alongside everyone else at Relevant? This could be volunteering on a team, attending the gatherings more regularly, or going through volunteer staff to see where you fit in the mission, etc. Discuss yours with the group.
Next Step Challenge
Commit to being a part of an Ekklesia - people that you share your life with, who work to further the mission of our Savior, Jesus Christ and consistently seek God for answers to the hard questions. This week pray, "God, show me what it looks like to truly be a part of your Ekklesia, and help me to commit to doing just that." And take that next step.
Key Verse
Matthew 16:18: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
All Other Scripture References
Matthew 16:13-18
For a full recap of Sunday's sermon with media, visit the Within Reach - What is the Church? page.
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