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  • Slide 1
  • SPC
  • Slide 2
  • First Century Christianity In the Twenty-First Century The New Testament Church
  • Slide 3
  • Definition Of Church Ekklesia means to call out. The church is the called out ones of God - 2 Thess 2:14 Secularly, the term referred to a public forum. Scripturally, it is rooted in the Jewish synagogue - Acts 7:38
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  • Two Senses Of The Church The one church - Mt 16:18; Eph 4:4; Rom 12:4 The universal church speaks of the general assembly of all believers who have ever lived - Heb 12:23 The local church is comprised of members of the one body in a specific area - Gal 1:2
  • Slide 5
  • The Universal Church The kingdom has citizens - Phil 3:20 The body of has many members - 1 Cor 12:12 The flock has sheep - Jn 10:16
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  • The Universal Church The family has children - Eph 2:19 The building has stones - 1 Pt 2:7-9 The vine has many branches - Jn 15:1,2
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  • The Universal Church Consists of every believer and saved person, added by God - Acts 2:42-47; Heb 12:23 No sin resides in the universal church; it is pure - Eph 5:27
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  • The Universal Church There is no earthly headquarters, or organization, but Christ as head - Col 1:13-18 There is no work which it is involved.
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  • The Universal Church Inspiration gives no indication the universal church was intended to act as a single functional organization. It provides no universal oversight for the decision making that must accompany such action; and no universal treasury to fund such action...
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  • The Universal Church ...Its influence upon the world is exerted distributively as its members are light, salt, and a leavening power...we must begin to think straight regarding the universal church before we can put the local church in proper perspective. Robert Turner, Cogdill-Turner Discussion, p. 11
  • Slide 11
  • The Local Church Each local church is autonomous: Controls its membership - Acts 9:26,27 Has its own eldership - Acts 14:23; 1 Pt 5:2
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  • The Local Church Each local church is autonomous: Controls its own treasury - 1 Cor 16:2; Acts 11:30 Organized with a plurality of elders, deacons, and saints - Phil 1:1
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  • The Local Church Worships together on the first day of the week - Acts 20:7 Works together in: Edification - 1 Cor 14:26,40 Evangelism - Acts 13:1-3 Benevolence - 2 Cor 8 & 9
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  • The Local Church Worships together on the first day of the week - Acts 20:7 Works together Practices discipline - 1 Cor 5:5; Rev 2:14, 20-24
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  • Conclusion Next lesson: The work of the church in edification of its members. You may be added to the Lords church this very day by being baptized into Christ - Acts 2:42; Gal 3:27
  • Slide 16

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