12 attributes of biblically based Churches
1. Have Christ as Lord.
Spending time with Jesus Acts 4:13
GodR17;s authority in our lives Acts 4:19-20
Submission Ephesians 5:21, Romans 13
Our lives as living sacrifices Romans 12:1-2
2. Are grounded in the Truth.
The Truth is a Person John 14:6
The Truth sets us free John 8:32, Galatians 5:1
Verify teachersR17; messages Acts 17:11
A weapon in spiritual battles Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12
Useful for teaching 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Pray with others Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:24-25
Pray confidently Mark 11:24
Pray specifically James 4:2
Pray continually, thankfully Philippians 4:6
Pray persistently Luke 18:1-8
4. Obediently pursue God-revealed vision.
Without visionR11;no restraint Proverbs 29:18
Obedience in action Acts 8:26-40
Walk by faith, not by sight 2 Corinthians 4:18, 5:7
The one who loves Jesus obeys John 14:15, 21
5. Are empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Empowers the Christian life Acts 1:8, Philippians 2:13
The Holy Spirit is a Counselor John 14:15-31, 16:5-15
6. Have Christians with teachable hearts.
Eagerness to learn Acts 2:42
A man after GodR17;s own heart Acts 13:22
A broken and contrite spirit Psalm 51:17
7. Display the fruit of the Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit is- Galatians 5:22-23
The fruit in action and its results Acts 2:42-47
8. Are unified in Christ.
Enjoy each otherR17;s company Acts 2:44
Unity comes as we follow Christ Romans 15:5-6
9. Love God, one another, and the unbelievers around them.
Love God and your neighbor Mark 12:30-31
Love: the worldR17;s identification John 13:35
Love defined by actions 1 Corinthians 13
10. Serve each other.
Meet each otherR17;s needs Acts 2:44-45
Service: ChristR17;s standard Mark 10:43-45
11. Evangelize the lost.
The Great Commission Matthew 28:18-20
Parable of the Lost Sheep Matthew 18:10-14
Carry JesusR17; name everywhere Acts 1:8; Chapters 7-8; 9:15
Answers concerning our hope 1 Peter 3:15
Sharing Christ helps us grow Philemon 1:6
12. Grow in maturity.
Growth of the early church Acts 2:41-42
Qualities Christians need 2 Peter 1:5-9
These attributes on these pages are those that Jesus and the early believers demonstrated and passed on as they purposefully invested in othersR17; lives.
These spiritual characteristics are part of what Paul exhorted Timothy to pass on to reliable men who would be qualified to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2). They are also traits that should identify us as Christians—̶1;Little Christs.̶1;
We encourage you to pray over and study the attributes, possibly exploring one Church attribute and its biblical basis each day for approximately two weeks. Then, prayerfully consider how your “Church̶1; measures up and if God would have you or your group make any changes.