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 together, division, and death.

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The Church: General and Specific 2

  1. 1. The Church: General & Specific: 2
  2. 2. “I will build my church” Matthew 16.18, CB NT p. 32 General
  3. 3. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16)
  4. 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. 5. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16) Antioch Ethiopian Jerusalem Sardis Saul Corinth
  6. 6. Distinguishing “church”
  7. 7. “church” God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth
  8. 8. Number God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Only One Many Matthew 16.18 Revelation 2 - 3
  9. 9. Beginning God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Day of Various Pentecost Times Acts 2.41 Acts 15.41
  10. 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. 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. 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. 13. Necessity of Belonging God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth By Definition Acts 2.41
  14. 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. 15. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16) Antioch Ethiopian Jerusalem Sardis Saul Corinth
  16. 16. Entry God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Salvation 1 John 1.5; Acts 2.41, 47
  17. 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. 18. Members God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth All Saved 2 Timothy 2.19
  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. 20. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16) Antioch Ethiopian Jerusalem Sardis Saul Corinth
  21. 21. Gathering Together God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth None
  22. 22. Gathering Together God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth None Yes Hebrews 10.24-25
  23. 23. Schism God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Cannot be Divided John 17.20-21
  24. 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. 25. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16) Antioch Ethiopian Jerusalem Sardis Saul Corinth
  26. 26. Death God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth No Change Philippians 1.21-25; Revelation 3.21
  27. 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. 28. Will today be the day you decide to go to heaven?
  29. 29. Lesson slideshows (with notes) and audio can be found at: www.churchofchristmiranda.com
  30. 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. 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.”

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