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ISLAND GLADES GOSPEL CENTRE THE LOCAL CHURCH – PART 1 INTRODUCTION: THE CHURCH I. THE CHURCH – what is it? Named after… a Country (England, Scotland, Rome.

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1 ISLAND GLADES GOSPEL CENTRE THE LOCAL CHURCH – PART 1 INTRODUCTION: THE CHURCH I. THE CHURCH – what is it? Named after… a Country (England, Scotland, Rome or Penang), a Conviction (Reformed), a Person (Luther, Wesley), a Policy (Congregation, Independent), a Practice (Seventh-day Adventist, Presbyterian, Baptist), etc, “Brethren” or brethren? What is a Church in Scripture? For simplicity, there is a Church at Large (Universal) and a Church in the Locality (Local Church.)

2 S EEK EVER TO BE B IBLE -B ASED, C HRIST -C ENTRED, S PIRIT -S TIRRED, G OD -G LORIFYING, O RGANISM -O RIENTED C HURCH 1. A Church is not a Physical Building with Central Headquarters, but a Spiritual Body with Christ as Head. 2. A Church is not an Organisation with a Membership and Few working, but an Organism with all Members Functioning. 3. A Church is not a Dictatorship insisting on Uniformity, but a Leadership inspiring Unity in Diversity. 4. A Church is not an Association of any special Clan but an Assembly of members worldwide from Pentecost to Parousia. Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:22, 23 Eph. 4:15, 16 Eph. 4:8, cf. 1-6 Heb. 12:23

3 II. THE CHURCH – ITS CONCEPT A. ETYMOLOGICALLY. 1. Its Origin: a. Greek, Ekklesia - From a verb klesis = "to call" and a preposition ek = "out" or "out of". b. Thus, ekklesia = "an out-calling"; ekklesia occurs 116 times in 113 verses in the N.T. Ct. The Rapture (Parousia) – an Up-calling!

4 1. ITS ORIGIN 2. ITS OCCURRENCES : a. Translated assembly (3 times; Acts 19:32, 39, 41) and church(es) (111 times). b. Located: i. 1 st occ. in N.T. - Mt. 16:18 => Universal Church ii. 2 nd occ. in N.T. - Mt. 18:17 => Local Church iii. 3 rd occ. in N.T. – 1 st time in Acts 2:47 22 times in I Cor. and 9 times in II Cor. Hence, CHURCH TRUTHS in the Corinthians. iv. 18 occ. in Rev. chs. 1-3; last occ. in 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. Cp. 3:22 - He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

5 1. ITS ORIGIN 2. ITS OCCURRENCES 3. ITS OCCASIONS. a. Israel, called by God out of Egypt.Acts 7:38 (Better: "congregation " as the O.T. equivalent) b. An assembly of Greek citizens.Acts 19:39 c. A riotous gathering/assembly at Ephesus. 19:32, 41 d. Apart from the above, ekklesia is used of the Church of God in two senses only: i. The Company of the redeemed in this era, thus: I will build My ChurchMatt. 16:18 Or The Church which is His BodyEph. 1:22, 23 ii. A Company (sing.) consisting of believers with reference to their meeting place.I Cor. 1:2

6 A. ETYMOLOGICALY B. CONSTITUTIONALLY: IT IS A CALLED-OUT ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE, I COR. 10:32 1. As Distinct from Jews. 2. As Different from Gentiles. 3. As Defined by neither Jews nor Gentiles, Gal. 3:28 yet consisting of those from both groups who are: - a. Spirit-drunk believers;I Cor. 12:13c; cf. Eph. 5:18 b. Spirit-baptized believers;I Cor. 12:13a; c. Spirit-indwelt believers;I Cor. 3:16

7 C. M ETAPHORICALLY REFERRED TO as 1. GOD’S HUSBANDRY.I COR. 3:9B 2. GOD’S BUILDING.I COR. 3:9C, GOD'S TEMPLE.I COR. 3:16, CHRIST'S BODY.I COR. 12:12, 13, CHRIST'S BRIDE. II Cor. 11:2, 3; cf. Eph. 5:25ff D. ESCHATOLOGICALLY

8 C. Metaphorically: In Ephesians Paul uses four figures to describe the church and its relationship to the Lord Jesus:  A Body in relation to its Head Who is Christ. Eph. 1:22, 23  A Building in relation to Christ Who is the chief corner stone.Eph. 2:20  A Brotherhood or a family in relation to Christ as Head of the family. Eph. 2:19, NIV  A Bride (Wife) in relation to Christ as the Husband.Eph. 5:22, 23 hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church

9 D. E SCHATOLOGICALLY 1. It is Mystical. a. A Spiritual Building.Eph. 2:19-22 b. A Spiritual Body. Eph. 1:22, 23; 2: It is a Mystery.Eph. 3:3-6 a. Concealed in the Old Covenant. 3:5 b. Revealed in the New Covenant.3: It was Missed out by OT Prophets. I Pet1:10, 11

10 Conclusion or Metaphorically: In Ephesians Paul uses four figures to describe the church and its relationship to the Lord Jesus:  A Body in relation to its Head Who is Christ. Eph. 1:22, 23  A Building in relation to Christ Who is the chief corner stone.Eph. 2:20  A Brotherhood or a family in relation to Christ as Head of the family. Eph. 2:19, NIV  A Bride (Wife) in relation to Christ as the Husband.Eph. 5:22, 23 hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church

11 Part I. The Local Church – its PEOPLE I Cor. 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called (to be) saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

12 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours. A.The Place Name of the Church. 1.Biblically – The Church at/in Corinth Cf. The Seven Churches in Asia: Cf. the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi (Phil. 1:1). Cf. ordain elders in every city. (Tit. 1:5).

13 It is the Replica of the One Body of Christ and not to be named after… a. A Person – I Cor. 1:12 Every one…saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? b.A Practice – 1:13b, 14 Were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; c. Or any other Party name. 1:13a Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

14 A. The Place Name of the Church Biblically – The Church in Corinth 2. Currently: Farquhar Street Mission House and Chapel; Burmah Road Hall; Burmah Road Gospel Hall; Island Glades Gospel Centre; Sungai Nibong Home and Centre; Keledang Community Chapel…etc.

15 Burmah Road Gospel Hall 25 May, 1938

16 The New Burmah Road Gospel Hall 2013?


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