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Title: THE WORK OF THE CHURCH


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THE WORK OF THE CHURCH
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THE WORK OF THE CHURCH
  • Defining terms -
  • The church we are discussing is a local
    congregation.
  • NOTE The universal church has no
    organization, structure or machinery by which to
    function, nor is any work assigned to it in
    scripturre.
  • Phil. 11

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THE WORK OF THE CHURCH
  • Defining terms -
  • Work - the activity/function authorized in the
    New Testament for a local group of saints who
    have voluntairly associated together to
    constitute a local church.
  • Must have either general or specifice authority
    to act.
  • Statements - commands - approved examples -
    necessary inferences.
  • Col. 317

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THE WORK OF THE CHURCH
  • Note The New Testament charges individuals
    (Christians) with some responsibilities that are
    in the same field of activity as that of the
    church. This is not to say, Whatever the
    individual does, the church may also do.
  • Each church is autonomous independent.
  • 1 Tim. 315 - the pillar and ground of the
    truth.

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THE WORK OF THE CHURCH
  • All work of the local church falls into one of
    three categories.
  • Edification
  • Benevolence to needy saints
  • Evangelism
  • Therefore any collective work that cannot be
    scripturrally placed in one of these categories
    is not and cannot be the work of the church!

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EDIFICATION
  • Defined - the act of buildingthe promotion of
    spiritual growthto build up.
  • Giving authority -
  • Eph. 48,11-16.
  • 1 Cor. 144,5,12,26.
  • It is spiritual activity!

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EDIFICATION
  • Giving Authority -
  • Coming together into one place, for edification
    and worship implies a time and place.
  • 1 Cor. 1423,26 1120,33
  • 1 Cor. 1419,28,35 Col. 416 Acts 207.
  • Preaching, teaching, singing and praying are all
    included in 1 Cor. 14 for edification and
    worship. Also, Lords supper, 1 Cor. 1120-34
    Giving, 1 Cor. 161,2.

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EDIFICATION
  • Giving Authority -
  • Disciplining disorderly members - 1 Cor. 51-13
    v.4 Rom. 1617,18 2 Thess. 36,14.
  • Matt. 1815-17
  • Unfortunately, this work of the church is one
    of the most neglected areas of labor in the
    interest of lost souls and the purity of the
    church.
  • Ungodly exemptions for family, etc.
  • Edification is the Lords plan for the church...

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BENEVOLENCE TO NEEDY SAINTS
  • Defined - relief, assistance, aid to
    Christians.
  • Giving authority -
  • Its own needy saints - Acts 432-37 61-4.
  • Includes widows indeed, 1 Tim. 516.
  • Directly assisting another local church so it can
    care for its own needy saints - Rom. 1525,26,31.
  • 2 Cor. 81-4 91-5,12,13 1 Cor. 161-3.
  • Acts 1129,30
  • The local church will assist needy saints.

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EVANGELISM
  • Defined - preaching the gospel.
  • Giving authority -
  • A local church sounding forth the truth - 1
    Thess.18.
  • Acts 131-3 1426-28 153 brought on their
    way.
  • Gospel preachers were supported directly - Phil
    415-17 2 Cor. 118,9. No sponsoring church.
  • Evangelism preaching the gospel is the work of
    the local church.

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FUNDING THE WORK OF THE CHURCH
  • The collection of necessary funds -
  • Acts 433-37 - at the apostles feet.
  • 1 Cor. 161,2 - a pattern for collecting funds
    for a scriptural work.
  • Churches had funds for necessary work -
  • Phil. 414-17 2 Cor. 118,9.
  • How did they get these funds? 2 Cor. 96,7

    1 Cor. 161,2.

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FUNDING THE WORK OF THE CHURCH
  • There is no authority for hoarding the Lords
    money or investing it to make more money!
  • Churches are involved in the work of spending,
    not saving!
  • Funds collected are for authorized work - RELEASE
    THEM TO DO THEIR WORK!!!

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THE CHALLENGE
  • Edification, benevolence to needy saints and
    evangelism constitute the sum whole of the
    work of the local church.
  • Let the church work in every authorized way, to
    the glory of God!
    Eph. 320,21
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