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The definition of a scriptural church and the doctrinal legs it stands upon. ...

The definition of a scriptural church and the doctrinal legs it stands upon.

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  • 1. Lesson 2 What Constitutes a Church?
  • 2. I. THE DEFINITION OF A CHURC “An assembled group of baptized believers, united for the common purpose of Christian edification and the Great Commission.”
  • 3. I. THE DEFINITION OF A CHURC A. Qualified members – not just saved, but baptized B. Assembled members – not just members, but gathered together in a meeting C. United members – they have organized and bonded together for the purposes of encouraging each other to live for the Lord and to accomplish the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
  • 4. II. THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHUR The Bible says that John was sent from God • Then the Bible says the beginning of the gospel was that John did baptize • The Bible says that the church is built upon the foundation of the Apostles (Jesus being the chief cornerstone) • The Bible says that the Apostles understood that one of their qualifications was that they had all been baptized by John
  • 5. III. THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURC Observations: • There is a set of doctrines that are traceable back to the Apostles • We are to contend for those doctrines (not stray from them) • There will be those who deny and try to turn men from them
  • 6. III. THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURC B.A.P.T.I.S.T.S. Biblical Authority Autonomy of the local church Priesthood of the believers Two ordinances: Baptism and Lord’s Supper Individual Soul Liberty Saved, Baptized Church Membership Two offices: Pastor and Deacon Separation of Church and State
  • 7. III. THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURC The “three legs” that hold up the Scriptural church 1. Preservation of Sanctuary Matthew 16:18 2. Preservation of Scriptures Psalms 12:6-7 KJV 3. Preservation of Soul 2 Timothy 1:12 KJV
  • 8. III. THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURC “Section 1: Doctrine of the Bible We believe the Bible to be verbally (every word) and plenary (complete) inspired Word of God in the original autographs; that all portions of Scripture are equally inspired and contain no contradictions. God’s word is to be the only rule of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ; and that the Canon, the sixty-six books of the Bible, is complete. We further believe that God has supernaturally and providentially preserved His inspired word for every generation. A. By Inspiration we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of God as they were moved by the Holy Ghost in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be. This was a one time event in which God once for all delivered His truth to the church. B. By providentially preservation we mean that God through the ages has, in His divine providence, preserved the very words He inspired. … C. We therefore believe that the King James Version is an accurate and faithful translation of the original manuscripts and constitutes the preserved, inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God for the English speaking people of the world. The King James Version of the Bible is the only translation used by [our] Church and [this] Bible College and Seminary.”