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Title: We%20Believe


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We Believe
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The purpose of 1 2 PETER are to help Christians
understand their suffering in light of Christs
suffering.
Crucifixion of Peter, Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel
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The purpose of 1, 2, 3 JOHN is to urge love for
God and others in light of eternal life.
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The purpose of JUDE is to warn about false
teachers.
An epistle being read by early Christians
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The purpose of REVELATION is to prepare
Christians for the end times by focusing on the
worthiness of Christ and the sovereignty of God.
The Adoration of the Lamb by Jan Van Eyck
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Introductory Thoughts
  • What is a Denomination?
  • Is it Possible To Be Truly Non-Denominational?

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What Is the Value or Importance of Denominations?
Is there a Biblical Model for Denominations?
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1. What Are The Denominations?
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  • The main denominations within Christianity are
  • Roman Catholic
  • Anglican
  • Protestantism
  • Eastern Orthodoxy

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Some Distinguishing Differences (as seen by the
response to the building on fire)
  • Methodists gather in the corner pray
  • Quakers quietly praise God for blessings that
    fire brings
  • Lutherans posted a notice on the door declaring
    fire was evil
  • Roman Catholics passed the plate to cover the
    damages
  • Jews posted symbols on the doors hoping the fire
    would pass

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Some Distinguishing Differences (as seen by the
response to the building on fire)
  • Congregationalists shouted every man for
    himself!
  • Baptists cry, wheres the water
  • Fundamentalists proclaimed Its Gods
    vengeance!
  • Episcopalians formed a procession marched out
  • Christian Scientists concluded that the fire
    would burn itself out

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Some Distinguishing Differences (as seen by the
response to the building on fire)
  • Presbyterians appointed a chairperson, who was to
    appoint a committee to look into the matter and
    submit a written report
  • Some atheists in attendance didnt believe there
    was fire
  • The secretary grabbed the fire extinguisher and
    put the fire out
  • AND the Mormons, having arrived 15 minutes late,
    missed the fire completely!

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2. Why So Many Denominations?
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Some Distinguishing Differences (for real)
  • Sacred Texts
  • Purgatory
  • Free Will
  • Works
  • Perseverance Once Saved/once saved-always
  • Practices (marriage of clergy, ordination of
    women, baptism, tongues, etc.)
  • Ethics (marriage, divorce, abortion, suicide,
    war, contraception, etc.)

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Some Real DifferencesMany
  • Baptists emphasize baptism
  • Presbyterians baptize children have a
    particular form of government
  • Methodists believe you can lose your salvation
  • Brethren do not believe in having church pastor
  • Lutherans Episcopalians believe do not believe
    the Bible is reliable
  • Quakers believe in non-violence
  • Church of Christ do not believe in using musical
    instruments
  • Mennonites believe womens heads should be
    covered
  • Catholics believe you can pray to saints

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  • What are the distinguishing characteristics of
    SPC?

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  • SPC Vision/Priorities
  •  
  • Worship Focused We come together for corporate
    times of worship that are rich times of
    celebration because our individual lives are
    characterized by a hunger and thirst to know God.
    As a result, our worship is God-centered and the
    focus is on Him rather than labeled as a
    particular style or reduced to entertainment of
    the audience.
  • Community Building We come together with an
    intentional commitment to biblical relationships
    and a desire to preserve the unity of the body.
    We will be known by our love and practice
    habits of submission, encouragement, and
    exhortation.
  • Discipleship Developing We demonstrate our
    commitment to personal growth and maturity in our
    Christian walk. We are people of the Book able
    to feed ourselves from the Word, practice the
    spiritual disciplines, and characterized by faith
    and obedience.
  • Ministry Equipping We actively demonstrate our
    faith through service as an overflow of our
    relationship with God. Our gifts are identified,
    developed, and utilized effectively through
    programs flowing out of our priorities.
  • Outreach Oriented We maintain an outward focus
    toward our community and our world (both as the
    church gathered and the church dispersed) so that
    Gods kingdom is enlarged as people come to know
    Him.
  • Historically we have seen ourselves as a
    building-sending church

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Making Disciples at SPC
SOUTH PARK CHURCH EXISTS TO DRAW PEOPLE INTO A
GROWING RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS
GOAL/WIN CHANGED LIVES EVERYONE TAKING THE
NEXT STEP
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  • Why So Many Denominations?
  • Sin Conflict (hurts- not feeling heard or
    understood)
  • Doctrine Bound Thinking
  • Political Power
  • Governmental Structures

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3. What Is The Church?
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What Is The Church?
  • The Christian church can be seen in two ways 
    the visible and the invisible.  The visible
    church is comprised of all who claim the name of
    Christian and who gather together for worship. 
    The visible church contains both believers and
    non-believers that is, there are people in the
    visible church who are not really saved. 
  •      The members of the invisible Church are the
    actual body of believers.  They are the ones who
    are truly regenerate and have trusted, by faith,
    in the true Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The
    true Christian is indwelt by the Lord Jesus (John
    1423) through the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, the
    Christian church is figuratively said to be the
    body of Christ.

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What Is The Church?
Catholic Lutheran Anglican/ Episcopalian Methodist/ Wesleyan Baptist
"The sole Church of Christ which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him." (Catech 870)   Church consists of baptized people who have received Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the world. (ELCA) Church made of "all those who have despaired of their own righteousness before God and believe that God forgives their sins for Christ's sake." (LCMS)   "The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in which the pure Word of God is preached, and the Sacraments be duly ministered according to Christ's ordinance, in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same." (Article 19) "The visible church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men in which the pure Word of God is preached, and the Sacraments duly administered." (UMC)"The church includes both those believers who have gone to be with the Lord and those who remain on the earth." (WC 240) "A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers." (SBC)"The Church is a gathered fellowship of regenerated believers, a sign of the coming universal reign of God." (ABC)
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4. Why Go To Church?
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Why Go To Church?
  • USE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS
  • MUTUAL MINISTRY
  • ACCOUNTABILITY
  • FELLOWSHIP/SUPPORT
  • WORSHIP
  • Others?

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5. Why Do (Some) Churches Have Trouble?
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Why do so many churches have troubles?
  1. Sin- humans living with each other
  2. Doctrinal bound thinking stuck in right
    thinking
  3. Difficulty with change
  4. Governmental Structures

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Notable quotes
  • "It appears likely that there was no normative
    pattern of church government in the apostolic
    age, and that the organizational structure of the
    church is no essential element in the theology of
    the church." George Eldon Ladd
  • "It is not as much as hinted in the New Testament
    that the church would ever need or indeed
    should ever want or tolerate any other local
    leadership than that of the eldership group." J.
    Alec Motyer

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Governmental Structures
  • 1. Episcopal (The polity of the Eastern
    Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist,
    and (some) Lutheran Churches)
  • A CENTRALIZED form of church government is where
    a central council has much authority over the
    running and ordinances of the local congregation.
    This is typical of denominational mainline
    churches where the pastor is appointed and
    regulated by the directions and rules of the
    central council. This kind is usually one with a
    long history and has established branches.

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  • 2. Presbyterian the local church is governed
    by a board of elders which has final authority
    over every aspect of the church, including the
    appointment and work of the pastor (Common in
    Presbyterian and Reformed churches)

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  • 3. Congregational
  • Single elder/pastor led one is in authority,
    with the board or elders or deacons in the
    advisory and co-laboring capacity (Common in some
    Baptist and Congregational churches)
  • Democratic congregational (Common in Baptist,
    Congregational and Lutheran churches)
  • Plural elder-led the majority rules, the
    democracy style of government where the people
    vote to elect their pastor and the church board
    to administer the affairs of the church. It is
    usually an independent church (Common in
    Evangelical Free churches and some Baptist
    churches)

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Potential Problems With Each Form of Church
Government
  • Episcopal/Centralized?
  • Presbyterian?
  • Congregational?
  • Pastor led?
  • Democratic?
  • Plural/Elder led?

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  • What Type of Government Does SPC Have?
  • Congregational where the majority rules, the
    democracy style of government where the people
    vote to elect their pastor and the church board
    to administer the affairs of the church.
  • Democratic congregational?
  • Common in Baptist, Congregational and Lutheran
    churches.
  • Plural elder-led?
  • Common in Evangelical Free churches and some
    Baptist churches.
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