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Title: The Distinctive Nature of the Church


1
The Distinctive Nature of the Church OF Christ
  • A study of the distinctive features of the church
    that is truly OF Christ

2
Definitions
The Distinctive Nature of the Church OF Christ
  • Distinctive
  • Serving to distinguish or set apart
  • Nature
  • The inherent character - Essence
  • Church
  • Ekklesia (1577)- The called out
  • OF Christ
  • Relating to - Indicates belonging

3
Applying The Definitions
The Distinctive Nature of the Church OF Christ
  • The inherent, distinguishable characteristics or
    essence of the people who belong to Christ,
    having been called out of the world by Him.

4
The Authority OF Christ
The Churches OF Christ Will Have...
  • (Mt.2818) (Ep.122-23)
  • Importance of Authority (Jer.530-31)
    (Mt.1818-20)
  • Proper Source of Authority (Mt.2123-27)
    (Jer.1023) (Mt.153,9 721-23)
  • Not the authority of Moses or David (2Ti.215)
    (Co.214)

5
The Doctrine OF Christ
The Churches OF Christ Will Have...
  • (2Jo.19)
  • No doctrines of men (Mt.157-9)
  • Faith only salvation
  • Once saved - always saved
  • One church as good as another
  • Auricular confession to priest
  • Teach no other doctrine (1Ti.13)
  • (1Ti.63-5) (2Jo.110-11) (Mt.166,12)

6
The Members OF Christ
The Churches OF Christ Will Have...
  • (Ep.530,32) (1Co.1227)
  • How do we become members OF Christ?
  • Through proper obedience
  • Must have the wedding garment
  • No sprinkling or denom. baptism
  • Sanctified (1Co.11-2)
  • Pure lives (2Co.71) (Ep.51-4)

7
The Members OF Christ
The Churches OF Christ Will Have...
  • (Ep.530,32) (1Co.1227)
  • How do we become members OF Christ?
  • Through proper obedience
  • Must have the wedding garment
  • No sprinkling or denom. baptism
  • Sanctified (1Co.11-2)
  • Pure lives (2Co.71) (Ep.51-4)

8
The Fellowship OF Christ
The Churches OF Christ Will Have...
  • (1Co.19) (2Co.614-18) (Ep.511)
  • No joint ventures with the denominations
  • Trading pulpits with denominational preachers
  • Ministerial Alliance
  • Bus ministry, Vacation Bible School, Youth
    Rallies, etc.

9
The Organization OF Christ
The Churches OF Christ Will Have...
  • (1Pe.51-3)
  • Elders, Deacons, Saints (Ph.11)
  • Elders in every church (Ac.1423)
  • New Testament churches
  • Planned their own work
  • Implemented their own work
  • Selected their own messengers
  • Raised their own funds

10
The Worship OF Christ
The Churches OF Christ Will Have...
  • (Jo.423-24)
  • Not the worship of self-will
  • (Ge.43-7) (He.114) (Le.101-3)
  • The Lords Supper (Ac.207)
  • Contribution (1Co.161-2)
  • Prayer (Ac.242)
  • Singing (He.212)
  • Preaching (Ac.207)

11
The Mission OF Christ
The Churches OF Christ Will Have...
  • Jesus did not come to this earth to end disease,
    hunger, illiteracy or cruelty to animals
    (Mt.121) (Mk.138) (Lk.443)
  • Evangelism (1Th.18)
  • Edification (Ep.411-16)
  • Benevolence (Ac.432-35)
  • Any other mission is not OF Christ

12
Applying It All
The Distinctive Nature of the Church OF Christ
  • The church that is OF Christ bears some
    distinctive marks
  • The marks are easily recognizable
  • Any church that does not bear these marks of
    distinction is not OF Christ
  • Are you a part of a church that is OF Christ?
    (Mt.1513)

13
The Distinctive Nature of the Church OF Christ
  • A study of the distinctive features of the church
    that is truly OF Christ
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