In this talk, pastor Sam Perez teaches God's heart for the local church. Sam is a pastor who planted the Grace Reformed Church of Jersey City, NJ. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging with his wife and 4 children.


1 Peter 2:4-10 // 1 Corinthians 12:12-26


1- Read the passages above.2- Is it possible to be a believer (living stone) and not be part of a local church (spiritual house)? See 1 Peter 2:4-5.3- In one or two sentences, summarize the descriptions of the Church in 1 Peter 2:9. Why would the emphasis in God’s redemptive work be on the collective body of Christ and not on individual Christians?4- According to 1 Cor 12-13, how does the body of Christ demonstrate both unity and diversity? List three evidences for each.5- In what ways are you tempted to say “Because I'm an eye, I do not belong to the body” (1 Cor 12:16) or "I have no need of you” (v 21)?6- What must change in your life for you to enjoy the blessings of living in active fellowship within a local church that embraces other believers and serves them? List four concrete steps.