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The New Testament Church. The Work of the Church Edification. What is edification?. A word meaning to build up οἰκοδομή, (oikodome – noun); οἰκοδομέω (oikodomeo – verb) 39 times in NT A constructed building or the act of building a structure. What is edification?. A building

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The New Testament Church

The Work of the Church

Edification


What is edification?

  • A word meaning to build up

  • οἰκοδομή, (oikodome – noun); οἰκοδομέω (oikodomeo – verb)

  • 39 times in NT

  • A constructed building or the act of building a structure


What is edification?

  • A building

  • Matthew 24:1, Luke 12:18

  • Matthew 7:24

  • Matthew 16:18


What is edification?

  • Spiritually, a building

  • 1 Corinthians 3:9, “you are God’s building”

  • 2 Corinthians 5:1, “we have a building from God.”


What is edification?

  • Spiritually, a building

  • Ephesians 2:21, “the whole building…grows into a holy temple…”

  • 1 Peter 2:5-7, “are being built a spiritual house”


What is edification?

  • Edify, edification

  • Romans 14:19, “edify one another”

  • Romans 15:2, “leading to edification”


What is edification?

  • Edify, edification

  • 1 Cor. 14:3-4, 12, in the worship he “speaks edification”

  • Ephesians 4:29, let our words lead to edification

  • 1 Cor. 8:1, love edifies


What is edification?

  • Edify, edification

  • AS you study the use of this word you will find that it ALWAYS has a spiritual connotation with it (not about satisfying material needs)


What is edification?

  • Fellowship

  • κοινωνία (koinonia - Noun) & κοινωνέω (koinoneo – Verb)

  • “close association involving mutual interests and sharing…” (BDAG)

  • Fellowship, communion, partakers, sharing, etc. (about 38 times)


What is edification?

  • Fellowship

  • 1 Cor. 10:20 do not have fellowship with demons

  • 2 Cor. 6:14, “what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?”

  • Acts 2:42, apostle’s doctrine and fellowship


What is edification?

  • Fellowship

  • 1 Cor. 1:9, called into fellowship of His Son

  • Phil. 2:1, “any fellowship of the Spirit”

  • 1 John 1:3, fellowship with “us “and the Father


What is edification?

  • Fellowship

  • 1 John 1:6-7, if we say we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness…if we walk in the light we have fellowship with one another…


What is edification?

  • Other words -

  • Rom. 12:13, distributing

  • Rom. 15:26, contribution

  • Gal. 6:6, 2 John 11, Phil. 4:15, share

  • 1 Pet. 4:13, 1 Cor. 10:18, partake


What is edification?

  • Fellowship

  • AS you study the use of this word in the New Testament it is NEVER dealing with social gatherings, social reform, etc. but addresses a spiritual relationship


The work of edification?

  • Ephesians 4:11-16, Leaders given to build up the body – edifying the body (vs. 12) and when every part does its share, the body grows by edifying itself in love (vs. 16)


The work of edification?

  • The church edifies as its leaders look out for the souls of its saints

  • Ephesians 4:11-16

  • 1 Peter 5:2

  • Hebrews 13:7, 17

  • Acts 20:28-31


The work of edification?

  • The church edifies as worships God

  • While worship is primarily about God, we are edified when it is done properly

  • 1 Cor. 14:12, Col. 3:16


The work of edification?

  • The church edifies through teaching God’s word

  • Eph. 4:11-16

  • Acts 20:32

  • Colossians 2:6-7


The work of edification?

  • The church edifies when we assemble together

  • 1 Cor. 14:26

  • Hebrews 10:24-25


The work of edification?

  • The church edifies as we exhort and encourage one another

  • Jude 20

  • Romans 14:19, 15:2

  • Ephesians 4:29

  • 1 Thess. 5:11

  • 1 Cor. 8:1


The work of edification?

  • The church edifies as we grow individually

  • As members of the body, our strengths are reflected in the church

  • 2 Tim. 2:15, 2 Pet. 3:18, cf. 2 Peter 1:5-11


What is NOT authorized

  • In the name of edification, churches engage in many unauthorized practices

  • “Fellowship halls”, recreational activities, social seminars, counseling, secular education, etc.

  • They sponsor teams and build human organizations.


What is NOT authorized

  • Every one of these activities has a place in society, and if we can promote godly principles, it is good.

  • Christians can and SHOULD be involved in such things.

  • BUT is that what the purpose of the church is? WHERE is the authority?


What is NOT authorized

  • In NT, such activities were NEVER used to evangelize

  • John 6:26

  • Acts 2:46, 1 Cor. 11:22, they ate “from house to house” and were told to “eat at home”


What is NOT authorized

  • Thought: If it takes these activities to bring some in, what will it take to keep them?


What is NOT authorized

  • NOTE: Christians can and ought to prefer one another, and it will result in social occasions (apart from the church)In many instances, we have taken our personal responsibilities and given them to the church. We CANNOT “hire” the church to do our personal works.


In the New Testament, edification is about building us up in the faith

Let us keep the work of the church as God intended!


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