The Church: General and Specific 2

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This lesson reminds us why it is important for us to maintain proper distinction between the church in a general and specific sense. Several criteria are examined: belonging, entry, members, gathering …

This lesson reminds us why it is important for us to maintain proper distinction between the church in a general and specific sense. Several criteria are examined: belonging, entry, members, gathering together, division, and death.

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  • 1. The Church: General & Specific: 2
  • 2. “I will build my church” Matthew 16.18, CB NT p. 32 General
  • 3. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16)
  • 4. “I will build my church” Matthew 16.18, CB NT p. 32 General “tell it to the church ... listen even to the church” Matthew 18.17, CB NT p. 32 Specific
  • 5. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16) Antioch Ethiopian Jerusalem Sardis Saul Corinth
  • 6. Distinguishing “church”
  • 7. “church” God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth
  • 8. Number God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Only One Many Matthew 16.18 Revelation 2 - 3
  • 9. Beginning God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Day of Various Pentecost Times Acts 2.41 Acts 15.41
  • 10. Founder God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Jesus Various Men 1 Corinthians 3.10-11; Matthew 16.18 Romans 15.20
  • 11. Earthly Organization God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Jesus is Saints, Head Bishops, Deacons Colossians 1.18; Ephesians 1.22 Philippians 1.1
  • 12. Shepherds God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Only One: More than Jesus One 1 Peter 2.25 Acts 20.28; 1 Peter 5.2
  • 13. Necessity of Belonging God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth By Definition Acts 2.41
  • 14. Necessity of Belonging God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Not By Necessary, Definition but Expected Acts 2.41 Acts 9.26; 3 John 9-10
  • 15. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16) Antioch Ethiopian Jerusalem Sardis Saul Corinth
  • 16. Entry God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Salvation 1 John 1.5; Acts 2.41, 47
  • 17. Entry God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Salvation Joining 1 John 1.5; Acts 9.26 Acts 2.41, 47
  • 18. Members God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth All Saved 2 Timothy 2.19
  • 19. Members God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Those All Saved Received 2 Timothy 2.19 Acts 9.26
  • 20. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16) Antioch Ethiopian Jerusalem Sardis Saul Corinth
  • 21. Gathering Together God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth None
  • 22. Gathering Together God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth None Yes Hebrews 10.24-25
  • 23. Schism God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Cannot be Divided John 17.20-21
  • 24. Schism God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Cannot be Can be Divided Divided 1 Corinthians 1.10; John 17.20-21 3 John 9-10
  • 25. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16) Antioch Ethiopian Jerusalem Sardis Saul Corinth
  • 26. Death God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth No Change Philippians 1.21-25; Revelation 3.21
  • 27. Death God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth No Change Ends Relationship Philippians 1.21-25; Revelation 3.21 Acts 7.60
  • 28. Will today be the day you decide to go to heaven?
  • 29. Lesson slideshows (with notes) and audio can be found at: www.churchofchristmiranda.com
  • 30. Photo Credits: (All photos from istockphoto.com are copyright protected. Please do not use without permission.) Congregation: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bsabarnowl/ 4532680606/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 31. Compiled and Presented by: Fellowship with Men Dave Stewart Church 17 October, 2010 Las Cruces, NM #08 www.churchofchristmiranda.com The Church: General and Specific - 2 Synopsis: This lesson reminds us why it is important for us to maintain proper distinction between the church in a general and specific sense. Several criteria are examined: belonging, entry, members, gathering together, division, and death. “Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” “Let all that you do be done with love.”