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The Local Church Its Identity and Membership I.The Makeup and Membership of a Local Church. A.Obedience to the gospel is necessary for salvation (2 Thess.

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1 The Local Church Its Identity and Membership I.The Makeup and Membership of a Local Church. A.Obedience to the gospel is necessary for salvation (2 Thess. 1:6-9; 1 Pet. 4:17-18). 1.When one does this he or she is added to the Lord’s church universally (Acts 2:37- 47; 5:11).

2 The Local Church Its Identity and Membership I.The Makeup and Membership of a Local Church. B. Faithful Christians identify with sound local churches (Acts 9:26-28). 1. God adds one to the church universal (2 Tim. 2:19). 2. Christians identify with local churches. 3. There are no “Christians at large.”

3 The Local Church Its Identity and Membership I.The Makeup and Membership of a Local Church. C. Christians are personally responsible to identify with sound congregations. 1. To do otherwise is to shares in error (2 John 9-11; Eph. 5:1-11). 2. Works both ways (Individual & Church). 3. Withdrawal from individual (1 Cor. 5:4-5).

4 The Local Church Its Identity and Membership II. Responsibilities of Membership in a Local Church. A. One commits to “edify” the other members (Eph. 4:11-16; Rom. 14:19; 1 Thess. 5:11). B. One commits to attend assemblies and Bible studies of the local church (Heb. 10:23-27). C. One commits to “encourage” the other members (Heb. 10:25; Col. 1:1-3; 1 Thess. 3:2).

5 The Local Church Its Identity and Membership II. Responsibilities of Membership in a Local Church. D. One commits to “teach” other members in the singing of songs of worship to God (Col. 3:16). E. One commits to “submit” to the leadership within a local church (Heb. 13:17). F. One commits to grow in Christ (2 Pet. 3:17-18).

6 The Local Church Its Identity and Membership II. Responsibilities of Membership in a Local Church. G. One commits to demonstrate to the world the faith he holds in God and love he feels for the mercy he has received in Christ (Matt. 5:16;; 1 John 4:11; Titus 2:11-12).


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