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The Church is the Body of Christ………………….105 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31 The Church is like a single body…


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Chapter Thirty The Church is the people of God……………...109 1 Peter 2, 9-10 You are God’s people………110


Introduction Volume 1


This book introduces you to service in the church, prayer, and our statement of faith. You are asked to pray over each section of the text materials and invite the Spirit to come to you in this action. By praying through these chapters you will find that your own prayer life will be deepened.


In each of the first eighteen chapters, a passage from the Acts of the Apostles is cited. This scripture study focuses on the growth of the early Church, the ministry of preaching and service of the Church leaders, and the working of the Spirit in the Church. Reading and praying over these scripture passages will help you recognize the working of the Spirit in your local Church. It will also help you understand more clearly your own call to ministry and service.


In the


last twelve chapters, scripture passages are taken from different parts of the Bible. These passages will support the idea discussed in the first part of each chapter. Praying over the Word will help you see how God communicates to us through the scriptures.


It is important to look up the various scripture citations in each chapter. By reading them they will reinforce the messages presented. Using a study bible will be of great benefit to you. We recommend the Catholic Study Bible (New American Bible) 1990, which has close to 600 pages of reading guides that lead you through the text. This background will give you the context of the time it was written and will enable you to make sense of it in this time. For those who are Non-Denominational we would recommend that you choose a Translation of only the highest scholarly and reliable quality, such as the NKJV or the NRSV. We do find the New American Study Bible to be historically accurate and within the norms for ecumencial use.


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