The Local Church Of Christ #1

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In the Bible there were local churches of Christ (Rom.16:16). What were they like? How did people enter and become members in a local church? Is it necesary? Can one be faithful to God without ever joining and being faithful in a local church of Christ?

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The Local Church Of Christ #1

  1. 1. The Local Church of Christ God’s Arrangements Romans 16:16
  2. 2. Designed For: <ul><li>Local Assembly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discipline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Assembled Worship </li></ul></ul>An Identifiable &quot;TEAM&quot;
  3. 3. The church at Thessalonica <ul><li>A Unit or Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Your” work of faith – 1:3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“… ..labor of love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“… ..Patience of Hope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Together Saw Paul’s Example – 1:5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Together Became Examples to Others -1:7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Together Sounded Forth the Word – 1:8 </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The church at Thessalonica <ul><li>A Unit or Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Had Timothy – Fellow Laborer in the Gospel to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish or Ground You -3:2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage you concerning your faith – 3:2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hope Paul Would Come to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>See Your Face (as a unit, not ‘faces”) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Perfect what is lacking in your faith – 3:10 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The church at Thessalonica <ul><li>A Unit or Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They knew who “one another” was so as to abound in love toward one another – 3:12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfort and Edify One Another – 5:11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize those who labor among you – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They are “over you” in the Lord </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They admonish or instruct you – 5:17 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They should be “esteemed very highly” – 5:13 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We Hold Various Responsibilities toward various member – 5:14 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. A Specific Team <ul><li>Not a random assembly </li></ul><ul><li>Not an “unstructured” team </li></ul><ul><li>Not a “disorganized” team </li></ul><ul><li>A team that came together for a greater purpose than: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Town or National Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secular Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social, Community Welfare </li></ul></ul>

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