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Port Hueneme church of Christ


The Church of Christ Universal and Local

Ephesians 4:11-12

by Mason French


  • Introduction
    • 1. This tells the organization and fields under which the local church operates.
    • 2. In order to continue with authority, must understand the Church
  • I. WHAT IS THE CHURCH?
    • A. Ecclesia = Called Out (1 Peter 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:14)
      • 1. A type of people (Luke 14:26; Acts 5:14, 9:2)
    • B. Almost From First, Men Have Perverted
      • 1. Catholic Church
        • a. Institution between individual and God (1 Peter 1:23-25)
      • 2. Denominations - a congregation of other congregations
        • a. Individuals not congregations (John 15:6)
  • II. UNIVERSAL CHURCH DOES NOT FUNCTION AS A SINGLE FUNCTIONAL ORGANIZATION
    • A. No Universal Oversight by Men
      • 1. Influence distributively
      • 2. Acts 5:11; 8:3
      • 3. The daily influence (1 Peter 3:16; Colossians 3:17-25)
      • 4. Baptized into Christ, His body, His Church (Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 1:22-23)
      • 5. Holy Spirit uses figures to show relationship
  • III. UNIVERSAL CHURCH CONSISTS OF THOSE IN TRUE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD!
    • A. 2 Timothy 2:9
      • 1. Local not perfect (1 Corinthians 5; 3 John 9-10
  • IV. THE LOCAL CHURCH
    • A. A Team Working as One
      • 1. Team shown by members (Acts 15:22; Romans 16:1; Colossians 4:12)
    • B. Christ has Determined the Realm of Local Church's Work
      • 1. Some decisions have to be made in team
      • 2. Leaders chosen (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1)
      • 3. Elders limited (1 Peter 5:2-3; Acts 14:23)
      • 4. Teamwork requires pooling of resources and talents.
        • a. Team causes something to be done (Colossians 1:7; Philippians 2:25-29)
        • b. Team helped others not able to do their own work
          (1 Corinthians 16:1-3)
        • c. All members to be considered (Romans 14:22-23)
  • Conclusion



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