What is the Church?

What is the church

I. The church is not a denomination

    A. Started in Jerusalem, then expanded to the whole world (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8; 8:1,4)
    B. “Church” is used in a universal sense (Matthew 16:18; Act 2:47) and a local sense (Romans 16:1,5)
    C. Division and teaching things contrary to Scripture is condemned (1 Corinthians 1:10; Galatians 1:6-9)

II. The church is the collection of the saved

    A. The Lord adds to His one body, the church (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23; 1:22-23; 4:4)
    B. The church is a body of unity (Ephesians 4:1-6; John 17:20-21)
    C. Only the faithful will be saved (Hebrews 5:8-9; Revelation 2:10; Matthew 16:24)

III. How does one become a member of the Lord’s church?

    A. Or, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 2:38-41)
    B. How does one get into Christ? (Romans 6:3-7; Colossians 2:12; Galatians 3:26-27)
    C. How does one get into the church? (1 Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:47)

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