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1 The Church Author: Praveen Raj Kumar. Y Date: 15/04/2012 Place: Houthalen, Belgium 1The Church

2 Today we are going to discuss about: The Church Specialities/Significance of Church Characteristics of Church 2 The Church

3 What is a Church? It is a divine/holy institution Col 1:18, 24  BODY OF CHIRST John 3:5  KINGDOM OF GOD 1 Tim 3:15  HOUSE OF GOD [God’s Household] Heb 8:9,11  Church has to follow & obey his directions 3The Church

4 What does Jesus Christ mean to the Church? Eph 5:23  Savior of the body, the Church. Eph 1:22,23  He is the HEAD of the Church. Eph 5:22-32  Jesus Christ died for the Church Acts 4:12  Salvation found in Christ. Matt 16:18  I will build my Church. To Conclude: Christ is its SAVIOR/ HEAD/ BUILDER 4The Church

5 Speciality/Significance of the Church: Christ’s Church is considered as the Glorious Bride. A Glorious Beginning of the Church A Glorious Head of Church A Glorious Names in the Bible A Glorious Work of the Church A Glorious Destiny 5The Church

6 A Glorious Beginning of the Church: Acts 1:8 – 2:1-4  In Jerusalem with great power and driven by Holy Spirit, the foundation was laid. Acts 2  The Gospel was preached by the Apostles in different languages than their own mother tongues. Acts 2  Not few, but many thousand people were pricked/cut to the heart, after realizing the truth. Acts 2:41, 47  Not just few, about 3000 obeyed the Gospel and Lord added to their number daily who were being saved. 6 The Church

7 A Glorious Head of the Church: Colossians 1:8  Christ is the Head of the Church, which is the body. Matt 28:18  All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Christ. Eph 1:22-23  God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything. 7 The Church

8 A Glorious Names in the Bible: Romans 16:16  Church named as “CHURCH OF CHRIST” Eph 1:23, 4:12  Church is considered as the Body of Christ. Acts 11:26-28  The followers of Christ were called as Disciples. And the disciples were called CHRISTIANS first at Antioch. 8 The Church

9 A Glorious Work of the Church : Eph 3:10  His [God] intent was that now, through the CHURCH, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers &authorities in the heavenly realms. 1 Cor 10:31  Church should do all to the glory of God. Just like Noah’s Ark, Church should save & guide the ones, who believe, trust and obey the gospel, which will save him/her for the eternal life. 9 The Church

10 A Glorious Destiny : Heb 12:22,23  City of the living God. Heavenly Jerusalem. A joyful assembly where thousands & thousands of angels assemble. It leads us to the place where Jesus is living now. Heb 12:2  Jesus is at the right hand of the throne of God. Rev 21:3  Dwelling of God is with men and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 10 The Church

11 Purpose & Mission of the Church : Eph 3:21  To glorify our God, through Church. Romans 1:16  To provide a way for salvation by preaching the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation. Like Paul, we also should not be ashamed of gospel. Matt 28:18-20  To preach the Gospel to every creature on this earth. Baptizing them, who obey to the gospel, in the name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. It should also teach them to obey in everything he has commanded to us. 11 The Church

12 Purpose & Mission not of the Church : Should not be considered as a missionary. Should not contain any politics kind of activities. Should not be an entertainment factor where people encourage the members through rock stars & bands. Should not be a kind of business, where people work for their own goodness & profits. 12 The Church

13 All Spiritual Blessings – IN CHRIST : Eph 1:3  God has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every Spiritual blessing in CHRIST. Eph 2:16  We have been reconciled into one body, unto God, through his cross. Eph 1: 6,7  He has freely given his glorious grace to his loved ones. We have received redemption through his blood. We have received the forgiveness of sins God’s richest grace has been lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 13 The Church

14 One Church – Many Congregations: Eph 4:4  There is ONE BODY and one Spirit. Eph 1:22-23  Body is the Church Matt 16:18  Christ: “I will build my Church” – One and not many. In practicality, there can be many congregations, but STRICTLY only one Church/Body of Christ. 14 The Church

15 Relationship to Christ: Col 1:18  Jesus Christ is the HEAD of the BODY, which is the Church. Eph 1:22,23  An example of Husband & Wife  Compared to Jesus Christ & his Bride, which is the Church. Romans 12: 4,5  We all are the members of the Body/ The Church. One body & many members. 15 The Church

16 Characteristics of a Strong Church : Peter 2:1,2  A taught membership *. Get rid of yourselves of all Malice, and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind. *. Like newborn babies, crave for the pure milk, by which we can grow up in our salvation. Romans 1:8  Strong, growing faith *. The faith of the people in the congregation of Rome was reported all over the world. 16 The Church

17 Characteristics of a Strong Church : [Contd] John 4:24  Pure, Fervent worship True worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit & Truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and his worshippers must worship in Spirit and in truth. 17 The Church

18 Characteristics of a Strong Church : [Contd] Philippians 1:7, 17  Defend/contend for faith Paul being in chains, still defends for the faith and he has to accomplish the mission that he has started. Likewise, we should also be defending for the faith and to complete/accomplish the task assigned to us, as a Church. 18 The Church

19 Characteristics of a Strong Church : [Contd] Acts 2:41- 46  United, Loving and Sharing The disciples/Christians of the ancient times, were united. They shared everything that they had. Acts 4: 32  Believers were ONE in HEART & MIND. There was no needy person among them, as they helped each other, when needed. 19 The Church

20 Characteristics of a Strong Church : [Contd] 1 Cor 15:58  Diligently work for the Master Stand firm in faith Let nothing move you, away from your faith. Give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord. Your labour will not be in vain, for sure. 20 The Church

21 A great example set for us: Acts 17:10  The BEREANS. The Bereans received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures EVERY DAY to see if Paul said was true. BEREANS were termed as NOBLE CHARACTERs than the THESSALONIANS. If we expect that the church @ Houthalen to be of more noble character like, BEREANS, we have to READ THE SCRIPTURES Everyday, which will lead us to God & help us in the Judegment Day 21The Church

22 !!!! AMEN !!!! 22The Church

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