Section 3A - Jesus' Love for His Church:
Jesus wanted to make sure that His cherished
bride (the church) was taken care of after He
ascended to heaven. Jesus had the apostles appoint
certain faithful men...called elders...to oversee
the church (see Titus 1:5-9 & 1 Timothy 3:1-7).
In Acts 20:17-38, Paul speaks to the elders of the
congregation in the city of Ephesus. He tells
them in Acts 20:28:
on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among
which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to
shepherd the church of God which He purchased with
His own blood." Acts 20:28 (NAS)
According to Acts 20:28, the elders of the church
were reminded of why the church was so important to
Jesus...because Jesus had done what?
- Purchased the church with His blood.
- Purchased the church with money.
- Inherited the church.