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The Local Church. The Local Church. I. What is the Church?. Church Defined. People Who Are Saved. Acts 2:47 Eph. 2:16 Eph. 5:23 Acts 11:20-ff. Terms of entrance - Same. Acts 11. Heard “preaching the Lord Jesus. Believed & turned to Lord. Received the grace of God. Church.

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The

Local

Church

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The Local Church

I. What is the Church?

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Church Defined

People

Who Are Saved

Acts 2:47

Eph. 2:16

Eph. 5:23

Acts 11:20-ff

Terms of entrance - Same

acts 11
Acts 11

Heard

“preaching the

Lord Jesus

Believed &

turned to

Lord

Received

the grace

of God

Church

Christians

Disciples

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The Local Church

I. What is the Church?

II. Term “church” Used in Two Senses

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Two Senses

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

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The Local Church

I. What is the Church?

II. Term “church” Used in Two Senses

III. Distinctions in Universal & Local

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Distinctions

Universal

Only one (Eph. 4:4)

No organization

No work as a whole

No treasury

Work of the Local Church

Evangelism (1 Tim. 3:15)

Edification (Eph. 4:16)

Benevolence (1 Tim. 5:16)

Local

Many (Rom. 16:16)

Elders (Phil. 1:1)

Work (Eph. 4:16)

Treasury (1 Cor. 16:1-2)

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The Local Church

I. What is the Church?

II. Term “church” Used in Two Senses

III. Distinctions in Universal & Local

IV. Examples of Local Churches

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Antioch (Acts 13:1)

  • Corinth (1 Cor. 1:2)
  • Cenchrea (Rom. 16:1)
  • Philippi (Phil. 1:1)
  • Ephesus (Rev. 2:1)
  • Smyrna (Rev. 2:8)
  • Pergamos (Rev. 2:12)
  • Thyatira (Rev. 2:18)
  • Sardis (Rev. 3:1)
  • Philadelphia (Rev. 3:7)
  • Laodicea (Rev. 3:14)
  • Thessalonica (1 Thess. 1:1)
  • Crete (Titus 1:5)
  • Iconium (Acts 14:23)
  • Derbe (Acts 14:23)
  • Lystra (Acts 14:23)

Local Churches

Rom. 16:16

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The Local Church

I. What is the Church?

II. Term “church” Used in Two Senses

III. Distinctions in Universal & Local

IV. Examples of Local Churches

V. Membership in the Local Church

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Membership

  • Membership Is Necessary
    • Without it - No local congregation
    • For elders to have oversight (Acts 20:28)
    • To carry out discipline (1 Cor. 5)
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Membership

  • Membership Is Necessary
  • Examples:
    • Paul (Acts 9:26-28)
    • Apollos (Acts 18:27)
    • Phebe (Rom. 16:1-2)
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Membership

  • Membership Is Necessary
  • Examples
  • Accepting & Rejecting Members

Churches have a right & duty to

accept & reject members

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Accepting & Rejecting

  • Not arbitrary(3 John)
  • Must be based upon - walking according to word
    • 1 Cor. 5:1-13
    • 2 Thess. 3:6-14
  • Not accept just anyone(Acts 9:26-28)
  • Right & responsibility to ask & know(Acts 9:26-28)
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Membership

  • Membership Is Necessary
  • Examples
  • Accepting & Rejecting Members
  • Active within the local church

Attend (Heb. 10:25)

Contribute (1 Cor. 16:1-2)

Work together (Rom. 14; 1 Cor. 12)

Worship (Acts 2:42; 20:7)

Support disciplinary actions (1 Cor. 5)

Help restore erring (Gal. 6:1)

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The Local Church

I. What is the Church?

II. Term “church” Used in Two Senses

III. Distinctions in Universal & Local

IV. Examples of Local Churches

V. Membership in the Local Church