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Identity of the Lords Church (2)
  • In our last lesson, we noticed that God had His
    own design for the church.
  • Christ said He was going to build my church!
  • O.T. prophets spoke of the kingdom being
    established in the last days, and Christ said
    His kingdom, the church, would be established in
    fulfillment to those prophecies in Jerusalem, and
    told the apostles to wait for it, with the power.
  • In Acts 2, we saw that fulfillment of prophecy,
    as the apostles acquired the power promised by
    Jesus, and the church was born on the day of
    Pentecost.
  • Today, we look at other identifying marks of the
    Lords church, designed by His Father.

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By the Plan of Salvation
  • Notice how people became members of the church of
    the Lord, Acts 236-41. They heard the gospel,
    they believed, then repented of their sin, and
    were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. The
    Lord then saved them and added them to His
    church.
  • As we continue to read, in Acts, we find this was
    always the pattern, Acts 85,12.
  • 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria,
    and preached Christ unto them.
  • 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the
    things concerning the kingdom of God, and the
    name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both
    men and women.

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By the Plan of Salvation
  • Notice how people became members of the church of
    the Lord, Acts 236-41. They heard the gospel,
    they believed, then repented of their sin, and
    were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. The
    Lord then saved them and added them to His
    church.
  • Paul and Silas preached to the jailer at
    Philippi, Acts 1633,34.
  • 33 And he took them the same hour of the night,
    and washed their stripes and was baptized, he
    and all his, straightway.
  • 34 And when he had brought them into his house,
    he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing
    in God with all his house.

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By the Plan of Salvation
  • Notice how people became members of the church of
    the Lord, Acts 236-41. They heard the gospel,
    they believed, then repented of their sin, and
    were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. The
    Lord then saved them and added them to His
    church.
  • Paul and Silas preached to the jailer at
    Philippi, Acts 1633,34.
  • When the Lord sent Ananias to Saul, it was to
    tell him, arise and be baptized, and wash away
    they sins, calling on His name, Acts 2216.
  • That was always the way the Lords church led
    people to be saved. That simply echoed what
    Jesus had promised, He that believeth and is
    baptized shall be saved, Mk. 1616.

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By the Plan of Salvation
  • Notice how people became members of the church of
    the Lord, Acts 236-41. They heard the gospel,
    they believed, then repented of their sin, and
    were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. The
    Lord then saved them and added them to His
    church.
  • Paul writes how we are saved, Rom. 51,8-10 and
    63.
  • 1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have
    peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
  • 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in
    that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for
    us.
  • 9 Much more then, being now justified by his
    blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
  • 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were
    reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much
    more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his
    life.
  • 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were
    baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his
    death?
  • Notice that baptism is into Christ and also
    into His death. It is by faith, Mk. 1616,
    that we are baptized into Christ and into His
    death. When we have done that, the Lord saves us
    from our sins and adds us to His church, Acts
    238,41,47. Any church that offers salvation on
    some other basis than what we have just read in
    the Scriptures is a counterfeit church.

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By Her Worship
  • Jesus said, God is a spirit, and they that
    worship Him must worship Him in spirit and
    truth, Jn. 424.
  • Two things are involved in this spirit and
    truth. The truth is easily identified, for
    Jesus prayed to His Father, Sanctify them with
    the truth, Thy Word is truth, Jn. 1717. So, we
    must worship God according to the truth of God.
    But, our worship must also be from the heart, as
    Jesus pointed out to the Jews This people
    honoreth Me with their lips But their heart is
    far from Me. But in vain do they worship Me,
    teaching for doctrines the commandments of men,
    Mt. 158,9. Thus, we worship by our spirit.
  • The church of our Lord, 2000 years ago, met on
    the first day of the week to break bread, Acts
    207. The Lords church does the same today.
  • Christ instituted the Lords Supper with the
    apostles And as they were eating, Jesus took
    bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it
    to the disciples, and said, Take, eat this is my
    body.And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and
    gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it For
    this is my blood of the new testament, which is
    shed for many for the remission of sins. Mt.
    2626-28.
  • The worship of the church of the Lord, as we read
    in the Scriptures, was really very simple. They
    ate the Lords supper each first day of the week,
    and on that day, they lay by in store as God
    prospered them, 1 Cor.16 1,2.

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By Her Worship
  • Jesus said, God is a spirit, and they that
    worship Him must worship Him in spirit and
    truth, Jn. 424.
  • The church of our Lord, 2000 years ago, met on
    the first day of the week to break bread, Acts
    207. The Lords church does the same today.
  • The worship of the church of the Lord, as we read
    in the Scriptures, was really very simple. They
    ate the Lords supper each first day of the week,
    and on that day, they lay by in store as God
    prospered them, 1 Cor.16 1,2.
  • They met together for study in the Word of God,
    they sang and prayed Let the word of Christ
    dwell in you richly in all wisdom teaching and
    admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and
    spiritual songs, singing with grace in your
    hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word
    or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
    giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Col.
    316,17.
  • The language is most descriptive in Eph. 519.
    Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and
    spiritual songs, singing and making melody in
    your heart to the Lord They didnt have to have
    a band or any mechanical instruments of music,
    they made melody with their hearts to the Lord.
  • Historians all confirm that for six hundred years
    after Christ, the church of the Lord did not use
    instruments in worship.
  • Look around at the churches you see. God Word
    hasnt changed, and the worship of His church
    hasnt changed. Other churches may jazz things
    up with instruments and other types of modern
    hoopla, but the church of the Lord has worship
    that is simple, from the heart and according to
    the Word of God.

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His Pattern
  • God still expects us to make all things
    according to the pattern. If you cant find it
    in the Word of the Lord, it doesnt belong in the
    church of the Lord. That is simple, but true.
    Our lived and our worship must be ordered
    according to the authority of the Word of God.
    Many suppose that they can worship God any way
    they want, and He will accept it. But that is
    just not true. Look at what the Bible says about
    that.
  • And these things, brethren, I have in a figure
    transferred to myself and to Apollos for your
    sakes that ye might learn in us not to think of
    men above that which is written, that no one of
    you be puffed up for one against another. 1 Cor.
    64. Also, For I testify unto every man that
    heareth the words of the prophecy of this book,
    If any man shall add unto these things, God shall
    add unto him the plagues that are written in this
    book Rev. 2218. And again, Whosoever
    transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of
    Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the
    doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and
    the Son. 2 Jn. 9.

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Conclusion
  • Wherever and whenever Gods Word is taught and
    accepted in the lives of people, the church of
    the Lord exists.
  • For, when people respond to the teaching of the
    gospel believing in Jesus as the Christ and
    being baptized into Him the Lord saves them and
    adds them to His church, Mk. 1616, Acts 247.
  • You dont have to be a member of any denomination
    to please the Lord. In fact, He prayed that
    there would never be any denomination, Jn.
    1720,21, but we would all be one body, Eph.
    44, Rom. 125.
  • 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for
    them also which shall believe on me through their
    word
  • 21 That they all may be one as thou, Father,
    art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be
    one in us that the world may believe that thou
    hast sent me.
  • 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye
    are called in one hope of your calling
  • 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and
    every one members one of another.
  • Jesus made it simple, and gave it to us in His
    Holy Word. Why complicate matters by adding the
    words and creeds of men?
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