Welcome!
“Every church is
different. Every
true church is a
thing of beauty in
its own unique
way.”
Overview
• #1- Jesus & The
Church
• #2- The Gospel &
The Christian
• #3- Beliefs &
Doctrinal
Distinctives
• #4- Roots,
Rel...
Class Material Available Online
• INSTRUCTIONS:
– Go online. Password is “grace4you”
– Go to www.christourhopechurch.com
–...
Session #1:
Jesus and The Church
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and
on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of...
What did Jesus teach about
The Church?
Caesara Philippi- the niches in the wall held
images of the gods Pan, Echo & Hermes...
Jesus & The Church
• The Church is God’s
IDEA.
– “I will build my
church…”
– Ephesians 3.21
Jesus & The Church
• The Church is what
God is DOING in the
world.
• The Church is central
to God’s purposes.
– “I will bu...
Jesus & The Church
• The Church is Jesus’s
treasured
POSSESSION.
– “I will build my
church…”
– Exodus 19.4-5,
1 Peter 2.9
Jesus & The Church
• The Church is on a
MISSION, cannot be
stopped and is promised
success.
– “and the gates of hell
shall...
Understanding The Church
• The Church is primarily a
spiritual ORGANISM with
a mystical relationship
with the Living God.
...
The Kingdom of God:
KINGDOM OF DARKNESS
NO Kingdom:
“Paradise
Lost”
DARKNESS + LIGHT
PARTIAL
Kingdom:
“Now-but-
Not-Yet”
E...
Church & Kingdom:
What’s the Connection?
“He has delivered us
from the domain of
darkness and
transferred us to the
kingdo...
The Calling of The Church:
“The vocation of the local church could hardly be more
exalted. Called out of the world to be a...
God’s Rich Images
for His Church in the Bible:
• Bride of Christ (emphasizing delight & devotion)
• Family (emphasizing lo...
Where is The Church Located?
The Visible & Invisible Church
Visible
Church
(as we see it)
Invisible
Church
(as God sees it)
Where is the location of the Visible
Church?
• HOUSE- The Church meets in homes.
– “Aquila and Prisca, together with the c...
Where is the location of the Visible
Church?
• REGIONAL- The Church is also region or city-
wide.
– “So the church through...
Two Common Errors re: Church:
Underappreciating…
the UNIVERSAL Church-
• “I’m a Presbyterian/Methodist/ Baptist
(fill in t...
Next time:
SESSION # 2-
The Gospel & The
Christian
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Conntecting Class 1: Jesus & The Church

  1. 1. Welcome! “Every church is different. Every true church is a thing of beauty in its own unique way.”
  2. 2. Overview • #1- Jesus & The Church • #2- The Gospel & The Christian • #3- Beliefs & Doctrinal Distinctives • #4- Roots, Relationships & Rule • #5- Mission & Ministries • #6- Church Membership
  3. 3. Class Material Available Online • INSTRUCTIONS: – Go online. Password is “grace4you” – Go to www.christourhopechurch.com – In Search bar, type & enter “connecting” – Click on “Continue Reading” – Each session is listed & downloadable – HINT: At the back of each lesson, there is an Answer Key for all fill-in-blanks.
  4. 4. Session #1: Jesus and The Church “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Jesus, in Matthew 16.18b
  5. 5. What did Jesus teach about The Church? Caesara Philippi- the niches in the wall held images of the gods Pan, Echo & Hermes. Here, Jesus Himself calls attention to The Church’s… • PROFESSION • POWER • PROMISE • & PROPHECY
  6. 6. Jesus & The Church • The Church is God’s IDEA. – “I will build my church…” – Ephesians 3.21
  7. 7. Jesus & The Church • The Church is what God is DOING in the world. • The Church is central to God’s purposes. – “I will build my church…” – Ephesians 3.10
  8. 8. Jesus & The Church • The Church is Jesus’s treasured POSSESSION. – “I will build my church…” – Exodus 19.4-5, 1 Peter 2.9
  9. 9. Jesus & The Church • The Church is on a MISSION, cannot be stopped and is promised success. – “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…” – Ephesians 1.21-23 “Everything we do in the church has to be planned with the gospel as the center… This concept is sometimes called the missional church, where missions and evangelism are not just activities of the church or departments of the church but everything is focused on the advance of the gospel.” – John Frame
  10. 10. Understanding The Church • The Church is primarily a spiritual ORGANISM with a mystical relationship with the Living God. • the “new humanity” (John Stott) • a “colony of heaven” (Edmund Clowney)
  11. 11. The Kingdom of God: KINGDOM OF DARKNESS NO Kingdom: “Paradise Lost” DARKNESS + LIGHT PARTIAL Kingdom: “Now-but- Not-Yet” ETERNAL KINGDOM FULLY RESTORED Kingdom: “Heaven on Earth” 1 2
  12. 12. Church & Kingdom: What’s the Connection? “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” - Colossians 1.13 • The Church of Christ is the fullest expression of the Kingdom on earth. • The Church of Christ is the mission head- quarters for God’s Kingdom program to the world.
  13. 13. The Calling of The Church: “The vocation of the local church could hardly be more exalted. Called out of the world to be a light in the world, to be a united family among the disunited families of earth, to be indwelled by Christ himself, to be the apple of God’s eye, to be graven on Christ’s hands, to be the glory of the image of the Holy Trinity, to be an embodiment of the infinite love of the cross, to be a collective portrait more beautiful than any other in the world- that is the church, the local church, the new people of God.” – Timothy Savage, The Church: God’s New People
  14. 14. God’s Rich Images for His Church in the Bible: • Bride of Christ (emphasizing delight & devotion) • Family (emphasizing love & affection) • Household (emphasizing purpose & order) • Body of Christ (with Jesus as our loving Husband) • Flock (with God as the Good Shepherd) • Building (with God as Master Builder) • Temple (the Holy Spirit’s dwelling place) • Vineyard (Vine & Branches) • Field (with God as a diligent Farmer) • Treasure (with God as the proud Owner)
  15. 15. Where is The Church Located? The Visible & Invisible Church Visible Church (as we see it) Invisible Church (as God sees it)
  16. 16. Where is the location of the Visible Church? • HOUSE- The Church meets in homes. – “Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 16.19b) • LOCAL- The Church assembles locally. – “The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 16.19)
  17. 17. Where is the location of the Visible Church? • REGIONAL- The Church is also region or city- wide. – “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up.” (Acts 9.31) • UNIVERSAL- The Church is global & world- wide. – “And He *i.e. Christ+ is the head of the body, the church.” (Colossians 1.18)
  18. 18. Two Common Errors re: Church: Underappreciating… the UNIVERSAL Church- • “I’m a Presbyterian/Methodist/ Baptist (fill in the blank) and we got it just right.” • But Jesus prayed of us all, “that they may all be one… so that they world may believe…” (John 17.21) Underappreciating… The LOCAL Church- • “I’m a Christian. And I know and love Jesus. Why do I need the local church?” • But Jesus loves His Church, calling it His Bride. • How can we love Jesus without loving practically what He loves so passionately? • If we do love Jesus, we will learn to love what He Himself cherishes.
  19. 19. Next time: SESSION # 2- The Gospel & The Christian

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