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The Local Church and the Individual
Local Church Individual
Nature Group Individual
Rules Church Individual
Funds Church treasury (collection) Individual funds (work)
Organization Elders Individual responsibility
Work Church Individual
Membership Receives Requests
Intent Church Individual
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The Work of the Local Church
Preach the gospel to the lost1 Thessalonians
18 Acts 1122-26 Philippians 414-18 1
Timothy 315 Instruct and edify Christians1
Cor. 1419,23-26 Ephesians 416 1 Cor. 5
Provide opportunities to praise GodPreaching
(see above)Prayer (1 Cor. 1415 Acts
242)Lords Supper (1 Cor 1117-34 Acts
207)Singing (1 Cor. 1415 Heb. 212 Eph.
519)Collection (1 Cor. 161,2 2 Cor. 8 9).
Care for certain destitute membersActs 432-35
1 Cor. 161,2 2 Cor. 8 9
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The Spiritual Nature of the Church
Its Founder, Owner, and Head came to earth to
meet mans spiritual needs.Eph. 17 Luke 1910
532 Matt. 2028 2628 It was purchased with a
spiritual price.Acts 2028 Ephesians
523-25 Its membership consists of spiritually
saved people who seek eternal life.Acts 247
(Acts 2028 Eph. 523,25 Col. 112-14) It is
entered by a spiritual birth.John 33,5 (Rom.
63,4 1 Cor. 1213 Acts 238,47) The primary
work of its highest leaders is spiritual.Acts
62-4 2028-30 Hebrews 137,17 It is a
spiritual house, a kingdom not of this world1
Peter 25 John 1836
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Practices Not Included in Bible?
The Principle of OwnershipActs 1724 1
Chronicles 2911,12 Matthew 1618 Acts 2028
Ephesians 122,23 523-25 The Principle of
WisdomIsa. 558,9 Jer. 1023 Prov. 1412 2
Cor. 1018 Isa. 301 The Principle of Worship
John 423,24 1717 1613 Matthew 2125
159,13,14 The Principle of Love Matthew 2237
John 1415 Luke 1615 2 Timothy 42-4 The
Principle of FaithHebrews 116 2 Cor. 57 Rom.
1017 Prov. 35,6 2826 The Principle of
AuthorityColossians 317 Galatians 16-9 1
Timothy 13 2 John 9 Jeremiah 723,24
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What May We Change?
Salvation Worship Church Work
Hear Believe Repent Confess Baptism Bible study Prayer Singing Lords Supper Collection Teach lost Edify members Praise God Help needy members
We must not change any area of Divine instruction.
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The Danger of Losing Spiritual Emphasis
Spiritual things more important than physical.
Matthew 1626,27 The world or your soul? John
627,63 Food that perishes or eternal life?
Romans 86 Carnally minded or spiritually
minded? Maintaining a spiritual emphasis.John
423,24 Spiritual worship for a spiritual God
Matthew 619-21,33 Seek first the kingdom of
God. Spiritual emphasis in the work of the
church.1 Peter 25,9 Spiritual sacrifices for
a spiritual houseJohn 1836 No physical
fighting in a spiritual kingdom Some inspired
examplesActs 61-4 Matthew 2112,13 1
Corinthians 1117-34
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Authority and Church Work
Instruction Unauthorized Authorized
Preach the gospel Edify members Worship God Help destitute members Carnal attractions
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Gospel or Gimmicks?
The Gospel Carnal appeals
Gods PowerRomans 116 Called by the gospel2 Thessalonians 214 Jesus Draws/InvitesJohn 1232 Matt. 1128-30 Apostles preachedActs 172,17 184,11,19 No fleshly weapons2 Corinthians 103-5 Spiritual armor/swordEphesians 610-18 Preach the cross1 Cor. 118-25 21-5 Flesh doesnt profitJohn 626f,44f,63,68
Spiritual work requires spiritual weapons.
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Authority and Church Work
Instruction Unauthorized Authorized
Preach the gospel Edify members Worship God Help destitute members Carnal attractions Businesses, hospitals, schools, politics Entertainment, recreation, social activities
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Examples of Unauthorized Works
Activity Individual Local Church
Marry, raise kids Ephesians 522-64 ?
Names of men Matthew 102-4 ?
Instruments Luke 1525 ?
Sprinkle/pour John 135-14 ?
Business, hospital, education 1 Timothy 58 Ephesians 428 ?
Recreation, entertainment, social activities Mark 631 1 Timothy 48 1 Cor. 1122,34 ?
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Authority and Church Work
Instruction Unauthorized Authorized
Preach the gospel Edify members Worship God Help destitute members Carnal attractions Businesses, hospitals, schools, politics Entertainment, recreation, social activities Caring for needy non-members
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Whom Should Local Churches Help?
Acts 244,45 all that believed Acts
432-511 them that believed (432) Acts
61-6 number of the disciples (v1) Acts
1127-30 unto the brethren (v29) Romans
1525-27 unto the saintssaints 1
Corinthians 161-4 for the saints 2
Corinthians 84 91,12 to the saints 1
Timothy 516 widows indeed (trust in God)
Individuals should help non-members as they
can.Leave the church free to emphasize spiritual
work.
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Authority and Church Work
Instruction Unauthorized Authorized
Preach the gospel Edify members Worship God Help destitute members Carnal attractions Businesses, hospitals, schools, politics Entertainment, recreation, social activities Caring for needy non-members Building Printed materials Bible classes TV/Internet Songbooks Lights, pews Utilities, etc.
Churches may provide tools facilities to aid
their works, but must use them for authorized
works.
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