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  1. Discover the classic works of Catholicism in this online library. Download the second volume of Van Noort's treatise on Christ's Church, a comprehensive and authoritative study of ecclesiology. Learn about the nature, origin, attributes, and marks of the Church founded by Christ.

  2. Printed in the United States of America E1164 ISBN 978-1-59982-698-1. Contents. Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Unit 1 The Church: Christ’s Continued Presence and Work in the World. Chapter 1 The Origin of the Church . . . . . . . . . . . . .10.

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  3. Christ describes the church as “his” in the singular, not the plural. The universal nature of the church is reinforced in such passages as Eph 1:22-23 (“He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills

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    • Studies On The Church We Read About In The Bible
    • INTRODUCTION
    • CONCLUSION
    • -- For if we desire to be in “The Church Jesus Built”, we should know exactly what it is, shouldn’t we?
    • He 12: 22-23
    • INTRODUCTION
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    • -- Such as found in both Catholic and Protestant churches today
    • INTRODUCTION
    • CONCLUSION
    • INTRODUCTION
    • CONCLUSION
    • INTRODUCTION
    • I. WHY BE CONCERNED ABOUT CHURCH ORGANIZATION?
    • CONCLUSION
    • II. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SUCH CHANGES
    • INTRODUCTION
    • -- Worship in the church should therefore edify or build up those engaged in it, not by what may sound good to the ears (the flesh), but by words that impact the heart of man (the spirit)
    • CONCLUSION
    • -- Is it really outdated, or simply challenging to those seeking to entertain themselves?
    • INTRODUCTION
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    • INTRODUCTION
    • I. INSTITUTIONALISM
    • Parachurch Organizations by William McDonald:
    • II. SPONSORING CHURCHES
    • 5. It seeks to activate the universal church
    • [Both institutionalism and the sponsoring church concept have done much to denominationalize
    • INTRODUCTION
    • I. CAN WE IDENTIFY THE CHURCH “UNIVERSAL”?
    • CONCLUSION
    • -- Remember that unless the Lord builds the house, labor will be in vain - Psa 127:1
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    This material is from ExecutableOutlines.com, a web site containing sermon outlines and Bible studies by Mark A. Copeland. Visit the web site to browse or download additional material for church or personal use. The outlines were developed in the course of my ministry as a preacher of the gospel. Feel free to use them as they are, or adapt them to...

    In Mt 16:18, we read where Jesus spoke of His church... In which He promises “I will build my church” In which not even the “gates of Hades” (i.e., death) shall prevail against it, either by trying to: Prevent its establishment (death did not prevent Jesus from building His church) Destroy the church (killing Christians does not destroy the church)...

    Again, we are talking about “The Church Jesus Built”... One that is highly esteemed in the Scriptures One that should be highly esteemed in our own hearts! It is easy to be influenced by erroneous views which permeate the religious world... Perhaps your view of the church has been a denominational one Perhaps your view of the church has been a sect...

    [Perhaps a good place to start is by defining the word “church” itself...]

    2. Putting it most simply, we can think of the church in two primary senses: The church universal - the whole assembly of people who are saved, both living and dead The church local a company of saved people in a geographical area who work and worship together as a local congregation

    Understanding the nature of “The Church Jesus Built” begins with the word church itself... From the Greek word ekklesia, it means “an assembly” Which is used most frequently in the New Testament in two senses: The church universal The church local that company of souls redeemed by the blood of Christ Christians in a geographical area that work and ...

    In our previous study, we began to examine more closely the nature of the Lord’s church In doing so, we made the following observations about the church universal... Composed of all Christians There is just one Began on the Day of Pentecost Enter only by being added by the Lord The Lord keeps the books of membership Consists of all the saved ...

    1. To illustrate the differences between the church universal and local, consider this table... 2. Noticeably absent in the Scriptures is any denominational concept of the church... “A large group of religious congregations united under a common faith and name and organized under a single administrative and legal hierarchy.” - The American Heritage...

    3. Why note these differences between the church universal and the church local...? To better understand how the word ‘church’ is used in the New Testament To avoid confusion in our thinking when we use the word ‘church’ -- When we are aware of the differences, we are also better able to identify the New Testament church today! 3. One could say tha...

    In our previous study, I endeavored to show... That it is through the apostles' doctrine, that the Lord speaks to and directs His Church That the New Testament is how Christ speaks to us today and leads us to life everlasting That it is the apostles’ doctrine which ought to be our standard of authority in matters of religion - cf. Ac 2:42 Many say ...

    Because the way we should live is ‘not in man’... We need an objective standard for our authority in religion We can’t depend upon subjective standards like conscience, human wisdom, or feelings But which objective standard...? Not creeds of men, preachers, parents, majority rule, or even the Old Testament Only the apostles’ doctrine, i.e., the New...

    In the past two lessons in this series, I have stressed that for us to be “The Church Jesus Built” we must have the proper standard of authority... That standard is the Will of Christ... As revealed in the apostles’ doctrine, that is, the teaching of Christ’s apostles As inspired by the Holy Spirit, and preserved for us in the pages of the New Te...

    These principles on how to establish authority from the Scriptures may seem prosaic, but they are very useful in applying the apostles’ doctrine (i.e., the Word of God) When understood properly and applied correctly, they can be useful to maintain the unity and peace of a local congregation Our next study will examine what limitations are placed up...

    We saw in our previous lesson... What is our obligation regarding authority How one can use the New Testament to establish authority Two more questions remain in our consideration matters related to authority... Are there limitations placed upon how far we may go in matters of religion? Will having the same standard of authority guarantee unity amo...

    A. ORGANIZATION REVEALS PURPOSE... When God creates something... He has a purpose in mind He designs His creation with the organization to accomplish His purpose This is true in the physical realm Certain animals were created as beasts of prey Simply by looking at the animal’s features (i.e., its organization), we can glean what its purpose is Th...

    In Ph 1:1, we find the organization of the local church alluded to in Paul’s address: “To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons” Other than the members (“saints”), what organization existed in the local church was a two-tier system... Bishops (also known as elders, pastors), of which there always more than...

    A. THEY REFLECT AN ATTITUDE... It reflects an attitude toward the Scriptures and the Lord That we are free to change whatever we desire That we can come up with a more efficient plan of church organization and church cooperation than the Lord The same attitude that allows changes in organization leads to changes in the work, worship, and doctrine...

    Our previous lessons examined the organization of the church, in which... A clear pattern emerges that illustrates its simplicity and Divine Wisdom A congregation, when completely organized, consisted of: Bishops to oversee the local congregation (also called elders, pastors) Deacons to serve the congregation in its work Saints, i.e., the members o...

    [Sadly, it is easy for us to be more interested in the melody and beat of a song, than the actual words! But those seeking true edification will be careful to note the difference. Finally...]

    The worship in the early church was simple, and it was spiritual... Certainly simple in contrast with the worship of the Old Covenant Designed to encourage the worship of God with the inner man, not to make an impression on the outer man -- Not to say that the outer man was not affected, but the priority was on the spiritual This was especially tru...

    In “The Church Jesus Built”, the worship will seek to worship God the way Jesus instructs, again noting His words: “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

    Having considered the organization and worship of “The Church Jesus Built”, what about the work of the church...? What does the Lord intend for His church to do in this world? Are we free to involve the church in whatever work we deem suitable? In asking such questions, we should continue to note the distinction between the church universal and the...

    The work of the church can be summarized as: Edification (preparing the saints for service) Benevolence (providing for the needy saints) Evangelism (proclaiming the gospel) For such work the Lord designed His church, especially in the local sense... As reflected in its organization As reflected in its worship When we let the local church do its pro...

    In our previous study, we summarized the work of the church as... Edification (preparing the saints for service) Benevolence (providing for the needy saints) Evangelism (proclaiming the gospel) When we let the local church do its proper work, it will... “equip saints for the work of the ministry” “edify the body of Christ” “grow up in all things in...

    A. INSTITUTIONALISM DEFINED... The support of human institutions from the treasury of local churches “...the doctrine or practice of a church sending money to an institution of some kind in order to carry out some work that the church has deemed worthy of support.” http://www.goodfight.com/notes/Institutionalism.html “... this may include supportin...

    “One result is that capable teachers and preachers have been called away from their primary ministries in order to become administrators. If all mission board administrators were serving on the mission field, it would greatly reduce the need for personnel there.” “Another result of the proliferation of organizations is that vast sums of money are n...

    There are certainly benefits to starting a church in a home... It provides an opportunity for the Lord to bless those in the neighborhood and community through your presence It is easier to create a sense of family and closeness among the members The commute to services is nice if the church is meeting in your house But again, whenever possi...

    There are certainly benefits to starting a church in a home... It provides an opportunity for the Lord to bless those in the neighborhood and community through your presence It is easier to create a sense of family and closeness among the members The commute to services is nice if the church is meeting in your house But again, whenever possi...

    There are certainly benefits to starting a church in a home... It provides an opportunity for the Lord to bless those in the neighborhood and community through your presence It is easier to create a sense of family and closeness among the members The commute to services is nice if the church is meeting in your house But again, whenever possi...

    There are certainly benefits to starting a church in a home... It provides an opportunity for the Lord to bless those in the neighborhood and community through your presence It is easier to create a sense of family and closeness among the members The commute to services is nice if the church is meeting in your house But again, whenever possi...

    There are certainly benefits to starting a church in a home... It provides an opportunity for the Lord to bless those in the neighborhood and community through your presence It is easier to create a sense of family and closeness among the members The commute to services is nice if the church is meeting in your house But again, whenever possi...

    There are certainly benefits to starting a church in a home... It provides an opportunity for the Lord to bless those in the neighborhood and community through your presence It is easier to create a sense of family and closeness among the members The commute to services is nice if the church is meeting in your house But again, whenever possi...

    There are certainly benefits to starting a church in a home... It provides an opportunity for the Lord to bless those in the neighborhood and community through your presence It is easier to create a sense of family and closeness among the members The commute to services is nice if the church is meeting in your house But again, whenever possi...

    There are certainly benefits to starting a church in a home... It provides an opportunity for the Lord to bless those in the neighborhood and community through your presence It is easier to create a sense of family and closeness among the members The commute to services is nice if the church is meeting in your house But again, whenever possi...

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  4. The church of Christ : a biblical ecclesiology for today. by. Ferguson, Everett, 1933-. Publication date. 1996. Topics. Church, Church -- Biblical teaching. Publisher. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.

  5. PART I II.—MATTERS IN REGARD TO WHICH CHURCH POWER IS EXERCISED DIV. I.—CHURCH POWER EXERCISED IN REGARD TO Doctrine CHAP. I. The Power and Duty of the Church in regard to Matters o f Faith CHAP. II. Church Creeds and Confessions: or, Subordinate Standards, their Lawfulness and Use CHAP. III. Objections to Creeds and Confessions DIV.