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Jesus said:. “Upon this rock, I will build my church”. Thus, this is the Lord’s church Since Jesus is Divine – it is a Divine institution. Old Testament. New Testament. Church Promised (Mt. 16:18). Church Built (Act 2:47). Not built upon OT (Mt. 5). Is built upon NT (2 Cor 3).

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Jesus said:

“Upon this rock, I will build my church”

  • Thus, this is the Lord’s church

  • Since Jesus is Divine – it is a Divine institution


Old Testament

New Testament

Church Promised

(Mt. 16:18)

Church Built

(Act 2:47)

Not built upon OT

(Mt. 5)

Is built upon NT

(2 Cor 3)

Thus, It is the New Testament Church!


The New Testament

Church


The New Testament Church

I. What Is The Church?


I. What Is The Church?

A. People

1. Not a building – meeting house

2. Acts 8:3 – church = men & women

Acts 8:3

As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.


I. What Is The Church?

A. People

B. People who are saved


People

Who Are Saved

Acts 2:47

Eph. 2:16

Eph. 5:23

Terms of entrance - Same


Acts 11

Heard

“preaching the

Lord Jesus

Believed &

turned to

Lord

Received

the grace

of God

Church

Christians

Disciples


To Call

Out of

Church (Gk: Ekklesia)

Those Who have been called out:

  • By the Gospel (2 Thess. 2:14)

  • Out of sin into salvation (Eph. 2)

  • Out of darkness into light (1 Pet. 2:9)


I. What Is The Church?

A. People

B. People who are saved

C.The Kingdom


Matt 16:18-19

18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."


The New Testament Church

I. What Is The Church?

II. Its Origin / Establishment


II. Its Origin / Establishment

A. Divine in origin

1. Began in the mind of God (Eph. 1:4; 3:10-11)

2. Started by Jesus (Matt. 16:18)

3. Thus, not started by any man


II. Its Origin / Establishment

A. Divine in origin

B.Foretold in the Prophets

1. Dan. 2:44 - Kingdom established

2. Isa. 2:1-4 – Lord’s house established


II. Its Origin / Establishment

A. Divine in origin

B.Foretold in the Prophets

C. Established in Jerusalem – 33 AD


Acts 2:47

“…Lord

added to

the church

daily such

as were

being saved”

Every reference prior to this speaks of it church as coming in the future

Every reference after this speaks of it church as already being in existence


Acts 2

Isaiah 2

2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD's house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.

3 Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

“last days” (16-17)

“church” (47)

“Jerusalem” (5)

“every nation” (5)

“beginning at

Jerusalem”

(Luke 24:47)


The New Testament Church

I. What Is The Church?

II. Its Origin / Establishment

III. There Is One Church


III. There Is One Church

A.Jesus only promised one


Church = Singular in number

Matt 16:18

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.


III. There Is One Church

A.Jesus only promised one

B.There is just one


“There is one body”

(Eph. 4:4)

Body = church

(1:22-23)

Thus:

ONE CHURCH


One Body

  • Rom. 12:4-5 – many members in one body

  • 1 Cor. 10:17 – one bread and one body

  • 1 Cor. 12:12 – members of the one body

  • 1 Cor. 12:13 – baptized into one body

  • Eph. 2:16 – reconciled in one body

  • Col. 3:15 – called in one body


III. There Is One Church

A.Jesus only promised one

B.There is just one

C.Bible is silent about other churches


There Is No Passage

That Says Anything

About

Churches

or

Denominations

If The Bible Is Silent

Then,

It Is Not

The Will of God

1 Pet. 4:11

Heb. 7:14

2 Tim. 4:1-2

If Churches Are In The

Bible,

Where is passage?


The New Testament Church

I. What Is The Church?

II. Its Origin / Establishment

III. There Is One Church

IV. Universal & Local Church


IV. Universal & Local Church

Universal

All the saved

over the world

Matt. 16:18

Eph. 1:22-23

Local

The saved

in a certain locale

1 Cor. 1:2

Rev. 2-3


IV. Universal & Local Church

Universal

Only one (Eph. 4:4)

No organization

No work as a whole

No treasury

Local

Many (Rom. 16:16)

Elders (Phil. 1:1)

Work (Eph. 4:16)

Treasury (1 Cor. 16:1-2)


The New Testament Church

I. What Is The Church?

II. Its Origin / Establishment

III. There Is One Church

IV. Universal & Local Church

V. Work & Organization of Local Church


V. Work & Organization of Local Church

A. Organization


Universal

Local

Matt. 16:18

Eph. 4:4

No Organization

No Work

No Treasury

1 Cor. 1:2

Rom. 16:16

Elders & Deacons

Phil. 1:1

Acts 14:23


  • Every church – own elders (Acts 14:23)

  • Plurality of elders (Titus 1:5)

  • Oversight of flock among them (1 Pet. 5:1-2)


V. Work & Organization of Local Church

A. Organization

B. Work


Work of the Local Church

Evangelism (1 Tim. 3:15)

Edification (Eph. 4:16)

Benevolence (1 Tim. 5:16)


The New Testament Church

I. What Is The Church?

II. Its Origin / Establishment

III. There Is One Church

IV. Universal & Local Church

V. Work & Organization of Local Church


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