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Title: The New Testament Church


1
The New Testament Church
  • MembersIts Responsibilities

2
Introduction
  • Every relationship in life that is worthwhile
    involves responsibility.
  • Membership in the Lords church bestows highest,
    holiest privileges and blessings.
  • Including greatest responsibility and serious
    obligations on each member.

3
Local Church Membership
  • Since the congregation is the only unit of
    organization know in the New Testament for
    carrying forward the work of the church. A
    Christian must
  • Full fellowship with a local church
  • Be associated with local church
  • Part and amenable to a local church
  • No membership at large.

4
Local Church Membership
  • Paul in his work always associated himself with a
    congregation of Christians.
  • And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to
    join the disciples but they were all afraid of
    him, and did not believe that he was a disciple
    So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and
    going out. Acts 926,28

5
Local Church Membership
  • Paul in his work always associated himself with a
    congregation of Christians.
  • Now in the church that was at Antioch there were
    certain prophets and teachers Barnabas, Simeon
    who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen
    who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch,
    and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and
    fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me
    Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have
    called them. Then, having fasted and prayed, and
    laid hands on them, they sent them away. Acts
    131-3

6
Local Church Membership
  • Paul in his work always associated himself with a
    congregation of Christians.
  • Now when they had preached the word in Perga,
    they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed
    to Antioch, where they had been commended to the
    grace of God for the work which they had
    completed. Now when they had come and gathered
    the church together, they reported all that God
    had done with them, and that He had opened the
    door of faith to the Gentiles. So they stayed
    there a long time with the disciples. Acts
    1425-28

7
Subjection to Elders as a Member of Congregation
  • Elders exercise oversight.
  • The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am
    a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of
    Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that
    will be revealed Shepherd the flock of God which
    is among you, serving as overseers, not by
    compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain
    but eagerly nor as being lords over those
    entrusted to you, but being examples to the
    flock. 1 Peter 51-3

8
Subjection to Elders as a Member of Congregation
  • Elders exercise oversight.
  • And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will
    receive the crown of glory that does not fade
    away. Likewise you younger people, submit
    yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be
    submissive to one another, and be clothed with
    humility, for God resists the proud, But gives
    grace to the humble. 1 Peter 54,5

9
Subjection to Elders as a Member of Congregation
  • Must obey themrule over our souls.
  • Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive,
    for they watch out for your souls, as those who
    must give account. Let them do so with joy and
    not with grief, for that would be unprofitable
    for you. Hebrews 137

10
Subjection to Elders as a Member of Congregation
  • Must obey themrule over our souls.
  • Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy
    of double honor, especially those who labor in
    the word and doctrine. For the Scripture says,
    "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out
    the grain," and, "The laborer is worthy of his
    wages." Do not receive an accusation against an
    elder except from two or three witnesses.
    1 Timothy 517-19

11
Joint Participation or Fellowship in the Work of
the Local Church
  • Be ready for every good work.
  • Remind them to be subject to rulers and
    authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good
    work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable,
    gentle, showing all humility to all men.
    Titus 31,2
  • From whom the whole body, joined and knit
    together by what every joint supplies, according
    to the effective working by which every part does
    its share, causes growth of the body for the
    edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 416

12
Joint Participation or Fellowship in the Work of
the Local Church
  • Known by our fruit.
  • For every tree is known by its own fruit. For
    men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they
    gather grapes from a bramble bush.
    Luke 644
  • But as you abound in everything--in faith, in
    speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in
    your love for us--see that you abound in this
    grace also. 2 Corinthians 87

13
Joint Participation or Fellowship in the Work of
the Local Church
  • Must have a willing mind.
  • For if there is first a willing mind, it is
    accepted according to what one has, and not
    according to what he does not have. For I do not
    mean that others should be eased and you
    burdened but by an equality, that now at this
    time your abundance may supply their lack, that
    their abundance also may supply your lack--that
    there may be equality. 2 Corinthians 812-14

14
Joint Participation or Fellowship in the Work of
the Local Church
  • Prove your own work.
  • But let each one examine his own work, and then
    he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not
    in another. For each one shall bear his own
    load. Galatians 64,5

15
Preservation of Unity, Peace, Harmony of the Body
  • No divisions
  • Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of
    our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the
    same thing, and that there be no divisions among
    you, but that you be perfectly joined together in
    the same mind and in the same judgment.
    1 Corinthians 110

16
Preservation of Unity, Peace, Harmony of the Body
  • No schismsame care one for another
  • But our presentable parts have no need. But God
    composed the body, having given greater honor to
    that part which lacks it, that there should be no
    schism in the body, but that the members should
    have the same care for one another.
    1 Corinthians 1224,25

17
Preservation of Unity, Peace, Harmony of the Body
  • Avoid those who cause divisions
  • Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause
    divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine
    which you learned, and avoid them. For those who
    are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but
    their own belly, and by smooth words and
    flattering speech deceive the hearts of the
    simple. Romans
    1617,18

18
Preservation of Unity, Peace, Harmony of the Body
  • Avoid those who cause divisions
  • If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent
    to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord
    Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords
    with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but
    is obsessed with disputes and arguments over
    words, from which come envy, strife, reviling,
    evil suspicions. 1
    Timothy 63,4

19
Preservation of Unity, Peace, Harmony of the Body
  • Avoid those who cause divisions
  • For there are many insubordinate, both idle
    talkers and deceivers, especially those of the
    circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who
    subvert whole households, teaching things which
    they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.
    Titus 110,11

20
Preservation of Unity, Peace, Harmony of the Body
  • Avoid those who cause divisions
  • Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the
    doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who
    abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the
    Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and
    does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him
    into your house nor greet him.
    2 John 9,10

21
Preservation of Unity, Peace, Harmony of the Body
  • Endeavoring to keep unity of the Spirit
  • I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech
    you to walk worthy of the calling with which you
    were called, with all lowliness and gentleness,
    with longsuffering, bearing with one another in
    love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit
    in the bond of peace.
    Ephesians 41-3

22
Preserving and Maintaining the Purity of the
Church
  • Christ died to establish such purity.
  • Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also
    loved the church and gave Himself for her, that
    He might sanctify and cleanse her with the
    washing of water by the word, that He might
    present her to Himself a glorious church, not
    having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but
    that she should be holy and without blemish.
    Ephesians 525-27

23
Preserving and Maintaining the Purity of the
Church
  • Must live to maintain it.
  • Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands,
    having this seal "The Lord knows those who are
    His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of
    Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great
    house there are not only vessels of gold and
    silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor
    and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone
    cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a
    vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the
    Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also
    youthful lusts but pursue righteousness, faith,
    love, peace with those who call on the Lord out
    of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 219-22

24
Preserving and Maintaining the Purity of the
Church
  • Must live to maintain it.
  • Pursue the things that maintain purity.
  • But you, O man of God, flee these things and
    pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love,
    patience, gentleness. 1 Timothy 611
  • Let no one despise your youth, but be an example
    to the believers in word, in conduct,
    in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
    1 Timothy 412

25
Preserving and Maintaining the Purity of the
Church
  • Must live to maintain it.
  • Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in
    other people's sins keep yourself pure.
    1 Timothy 522
  • Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of
    Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am
    absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you
    stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving
    together for the faith of the gospel.
    Philippians 127

26
Fruit to be Born Church has a Mission to Fill
Souls to Save
  • United with Christ
  • Therefore, my brethren, you also have become
    dead to the law through the body of Christ, that
    you may be married to another--to Him who was
    raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit
    to God. Romans 74

27
Fruit to be Born Church has a Mission to Fill
Souls to Save
  • Branches unfruitfulcut off!
  • Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He
    takes away and every branch that bears fruit He
    prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
    John 152

28
Fruit to be Born Church has a Mission to Fill
Souls to Save
  • Must be His faithful disciples
  • If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
    you will ask what you desire, and it shall be
    done for you. By this My Father is glorified,
    that you bear much fruit so you will be My
    disciples. John
    157,8
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