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The Meaning of the ChurchMatthew 16:18<br />
Introduction:<br />Many have questions about the church that you can read about in the New Testament of your Bible.<br />N...
What the Church Is Not…<br />The church as described in the Bible is…<br />Not Catholic! (word never found in the Bible)  ...
What the Church Is Not…<br />The church as described in the Bible is…<br />Not sectarian! (to be unified in Christ! 1 Cor....
What the church is…<br />The church is a called out body of people.<br />The Gk. “Ekklesia,” means “the called out.”<br />...
The Church Appears In Two Senses…<br />The universal sense: Matthew 16:18<br />The local sense: Romans 16:16; 1 Cor. 1:2; ...
To Help Us Understand Better,The Bible Pictures the Church…<br />As the body of Christ… Eph. 5:23; 4:4; Col. 1:18<br />As ...
You Can Be A Part Of Jesus’                     New Testament Church Today!<br />The means of entrance into Christ’s churc...
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The meaning of the church

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The meaning of the church

  1. 1. The Meaning of the ChurchMatthew 16:18<br />
  2. 2. Introduction:<br />Many have questions about the church that you can read about in the New Testament of your Bible.<br />No one denies that the bible talks about a church, but, whose church is it, which church, etc.?<br />In view of so much religious division today, these kind of questions need to be answered and answered only by the Bible!<br />
  3. 3. What the Church Is Not…<br />The church as described in the Bible is…<br />Not Catholic! (word never found in the Bible) Col. 3:17<br />Not Protestant! (not found)<br />Not Jewish! (church for all Rom. 1:16; Lk. 24:47; Ac. 2:39)<br />Not denominational! (not to add teaching of man Matt. 15:9; Rev. 22:18-19)<br />Not inter-denominational! (“combo” of man-made churches)<br />
  4. 4. What the Church Is Not…<br />The church as described in the Bible is…<br />Not sectarian! (to be unified in Christ! 1 Cor. 1:9-17; Gal 3:28)<br />Not a political organization! (An all encompassing spiritual kingdom Dan. 2:44; Acts 8:4; Luke 17:21)<br />Not another social organization! (Gk. “koinonia” = joint participation in God-ordained spiritual matters Ac. 2:42)<br />Not a material meeting house, building or cathedral!(Gk. “ekklesia” = called out people Acts 2:47)<br />
  5. 5. What the church is…<br />The church is a called out body of people.<br />The Gk. “Ekklesia,” means “the called out.”<br />The church is a called out group of people called out from the world and into the kingdom of God’s dear son. Col. 1:13<br />We are called out when we hear and obey Jesus! Heb. 5:9; Rom. 6:17-18<br />The church is the spiritual body of Christ. <br />1 Cor. 12:27; Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:47<br />
  6. 6. The Church Appears In Two Senses…<br />The universal sense: Matthew 16:18<br />The local sense: Romans 16:16; 1 Cor. 1:2; Eph. 1:1; Phil. 1:1<br />It is simple to see when denominationalism is forgotten and one goes to the Bible and sees the church as the Lord made it.<br />
  7. 7. To Help Us Understand Better,The Bible Pictures the Church…<br />As the body of Christ… Eph. 5:23; 4:4; Col. 1:18<br />As the household of God… 1 Tim. 3:15; Gal. 3:26-27; Eph. 1:3<br />As the kingdom of God… Rev. 17:14; 1 Tim. 6:15; Acts 8:12; Eph. 2:19; 1 Thes. 1:8; Mt. 26:28<br />4 things necessary to constitute a kingdom:<br />A King (Christ), Subjects (Christians), Territory (the world), Law (New Testament)<br />As the vineyard of the Lord… Jn. 15:1-8<br />Christ is the Vine and Christians are the branches.<br />
  8. 8. You Can Be A Part Of Jesus’ New Testament Church Today!<br />The means of entrance into Christ’s church…<br />Hear the Truth of the gospel – 1 Cor. 15:1-4<br />Believe God’s gospel – Rom. 10:9<br />Repent of sin – Acts 3:19<br />Confess your faith in Christ Jesus – Acts 8:37<br />Be Baptized into Christ and His body the church! – Gal. 3:27; 1 Cor. 12:13<br />Then, be faithful – Mt. 28:20; Rev. 2:10<br />

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