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What does the title “the Holy Christian Church, the Communion of Saints” tell us about the people who belong to this Church?
Who belongs to the holy Christian Church? Acts 5:14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. everyone in the world who
Who belongs to the holy Christian Church? 1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ— their Lord and ours… believes in Jesus everyone in the world who
Key Point #1 The holy Christian Church is everyone in the world who believes in Jesus as the Savior.
Why are the members of this Church called holy and saints? Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. holy all sins away Jesus took &
Why are the members of this Church called holy and saints? Romans 1:7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. saint holy all sins away Jesus took &
Key Point #2 All believers everywhere in the world are called holy and saints because Jesus took away all their sins.
Why is this Church called the Christian church? 1 Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. Christian Christ faith the hope of every member is
Why is this Church called the Christian church? 1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope… founded on Christ Christian Christ faith the hope of every member is
Key Point #3 The Church of all believers everywhere in the world is called Christian because the hope of every member is founded on Christ.
Why is this Church called a communion of saints? Romans 12:5 …so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. we all belong to Communion
Why is this Church called a communion of saints? Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. one body Communion we all belong to Christ b e l i e v e r s
Key Point #4 All believers everywhere in the world are called a communion of saints because we all belong to one body and have Christ as our head.
Why is God the only one who knows the members of the holy Christian Church? Luke 17:20-21 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Invisible Church = only God
Why is God the only one who knows the members of the holy Christian Church? 1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” knows its members (communion of saints) Holy Christian Church Invisible Church = only God
Key Point #5 Only God knows who the members of this Church are because he alone knows those who have faith in their hearts.
List several things that are wrong with this statement: “All people who go to church on Sunday are members of the holy Christian Church.”
Another student in your class says, “The way we use the word communion has me confused. Today we spoke about the communion of saints, but we also talk about Holy Communion. I’m all mixed up.” How would you explain the two terms to help him understand why we use the word communion to talk about two different things?
Evaluate… There are believers in every religion that exists in the world.
Lesson 40 The holy Christian Church and the communion of saints are the same group of people that includes all who are united by faith in Christ.
Vocabulary… “Communion” two or more things that are connected
Vocabulary… “Invisible Church” all believers everywhere
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