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The Local Church Seeking Divine Order
Jesus Builds His Church Matt.16:18 Define: A calling out. A company of Christians, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order’s sake Universal Church – Matt.16:18, Eph.1:22-23 Local Church, Rom.16:16, 1 Cor.1:2, Gal.1:2 Following Divine Pattern: Heb.8:2-5
Elders Bishops Pastors Local Church The Men Deacons Other Men Women Offer input, thoughts, suggestions, concerns, questions, ideas. Acts 14:23 Acts 20:17,28 I Pet.5:1-3 Phil.1:1 Tit.1:5ff 1Tim.3:1-13 Local Church Acts 14:23 Corinth Titus 1:5 The Women Offer input, thoughts, suggestions, concerns, questions, ideas. 1Cor.11:3 1Tim.2:11-14 1Cor.14:34-35
We Are To Be Worshippers Necessarily Implied If We Are A Christian 1 Pet.2: 5, 9 Heb.13:15-16 Eph.2:20-22 Rev.5:8-14 Matt.4:10, Rev.22:8-9 Phil.3:3 John 4:20-24
Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth Acts 2:42, 47 Five Acts of Worship The Apostles' Teaching: Rom.1:15,16, 1Cor.14:3-4, 37-38 Fellowship: 1 Cor.16:1-2, Phil.4:14-18 Breaking of Bread: I Cor.11:22-28, Acts 20:7 Prayers: Acts 4:23-31, Acts 12:5,12 Praising God (Singing): Eph.5:19, Col.3:16
The Work or Mission is Threefold Evangelism, Spreading the Gospel Edification, Building Up the Saints Benevolence, Helping Needy Saints
Evangelism, Spreading the Gospel 1 Tim.3:15 Great Commission: Mk.16:15, Matt.28:19, Ac.1:8 1 Thess.1:6-8 Acts 13:1-3 Phil.1:4-5, 2:25-30, 4:10-19 2 Cor.11:8-9
Edification, Building Up The Saints Eph.4:11-16 Acts 9:31 1Cor.14:3-5, 12, 19 1 Tim.4:6, 11-16
Benevolence, Helping Needy Saints Acts 11:27-30 Rom.15:25-31 1 Cor.16:1-3 2Cor.8:1-4, 9:1,12 1 Tim.5:16 The Mission or Work of the Church is NOT: PAC, Social Club, Recreational, Business Ventures, Glorified Red Cross
The Plan of Salvation 1.Hear the gospel of Christ, Rom.10:17 2.Believe in Jesus Christ, Acts 2:36 3.Repent and Turn to God, Acts 2:38 4.Confess Jesus Before Men, Acts 8:37 5.Be Immersed for Forgiveness, Acts 22:16 --------------------------------------- Grow in God’s Grace, 2 Pet.3:18 If Err As a Christian: Repent and Pray God Acts 8:22
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