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Matt Aquilone

Associate Pastor Resident (Center City)

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The church is an accountable community for the purpose of discipleship. Jesus calls His people to submit to the authority and oversight of a local church for His glory, our restoration, and the purity of the church. Church membership is biblical principle where the local church affirms a Christian’s salvation and cares for their soul so as to present the Christian pure before God on the last day.

Resources:

1 Corinthians 5:1-13

“Church Membership” by Jonathan Leeman

“Church Discipline” by Jonathan Leeman

“The First Epistle to the Corinthians,” Revised Edition (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Gordon Fee

Everyone is a worshiper. Its just a matter of if our worship will be towards God or towards someone or something else. We imitate what we worship. Therefore the object of our worship is of utmost importance as well as what we do in order to rehabituate our lives to love that object.

Resources:

“You Are What You Love” by James K.A. Smith
“Counterfeit Gods” by Timothy Keller
“The New American Commentary” (2 Corinthians) by David E. Garland

Every Christian community exists to show the rulers and authorities just how brilliant the gospel of Jesus Christ is.

Resources:

Ephesians 3:1-13

The Compelling Community by Jamie Dunlop & Mark Dever

Ephesians For You, Richard Coeker