The Church: General & Specific

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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: number, beginning, founder, organization, shepherds, and belonging.

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The Church: General & Specific

  1. 1. The Church: General & Specific
  2. 2. “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
  3. 3. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16) General
  4. 4. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16) Antioch Specific Ethiopian Jerusalem Sardis Saul Corinth
  5. 5. “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.” 1 Corinthians 1.2, CB NT p. 289
  6. 6. “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Specific Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.” 1 Corinthians 1.2, CB NT p. 289
  7. 7. “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Specific Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.” General 1 Corinthians 1.2, CB NT p. 289
  8. 8. Distinguishing “church”
  9. 9. Why does this matter?
  10. 10. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” 1 Timothy 4.1, CB NT p. 367
  11. 11. Roman Catholic Church “universal in extent; involving all”
  12. 12. Roman Catholic Church “pertaining to the whole Christian body or church”
  13. 13. Specific Roman Catholic Church General
  14. 14. God local local church church local local church church denomination
  15. 15. Distinguishing “church”
  16. 16. “church”
  17. 17. “church” God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth
  18. 18. Number God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth
  19. 19. Number God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Only One Matthew 16.18
  20. 20. Number God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Only One Many Matthew 16.18 Revelation 2 - 3
  21. 21. Beginning God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Day of Pentecost Acts 2.41
  22. 22. Beginning God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Day of Various Pentecost Times Acts 2.41 Acts 15.41
  23. 23. Founder God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Jesus Matthew 16.18
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. Earthly Organization God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Jesus is Head Colossians 1.18; Ephesians 1.22
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. Shepherds God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth Only One: Jesus 1 Peter 2.25
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. Necessity of Belonging God God GENERAL SPECIFIC Antioch Ethiopian Saul Jerusalem Sardis Corinth By Definition Acts 2.41
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. God “dead in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 4.16) Antioch Ethiopian Jerusalem Sardis Saul Corinth
  32. 32. Will today be the day you decide to go to heaven?
  33. 33. Lesson slideshows (with notes) and audio can be found at: www.churchofchristmiranda.com
  34. 34. 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/
  35. 35. Compiled and Presented by: Fellowship with Men Dave Stewart Church 10 October, 2010 Las Cruces, NM #07 www.churchofchristmiranda.com The Church: General and Specific -1 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: number, beginning, founder, organization, shepherds, and belonging. “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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