The church of Christ and churches of Christ

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The church of Christ and churches of Christ What is the difference?

The church of Christ and churches of Christ What is the difference?

The word “church” refers to a collectivity of Christians. Ø Collectivity - “a number

The word “church” refers to a collectivity of Christians. Ø Collectivity - “a number of persons taken or acting together” Ø Kuriakoò (Kuriakos) - “of or belonging to the Lord” [kuriakos churiachos church] Ø Ekklhsia (Ecclesia) - “assembly” ü Ek - "Out" ü Kalew - "To Call"

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians “taken. . . together” – "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. " (Matt. 16: 18)

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians “taken. . . together” – And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2: 47)

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians “taken. . . together” – And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Col. 1: 18)

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians “taken. . . together” Ø Geographical – all Christians in a particular area “taken. . . together” – So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, being edified; and, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, was multiplied. (Acts 9: 31, ASV)

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians “taken. . . together” Ø Geographical – all Christians in a particular area “taken. . . together” – So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. (Acts 9: 31, ESV)

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians “taken. . . together” Ø Geographical – all Christians in a particular area “taken. . . together” Ø Local - Christians who meet, worship and work together – "And if he refuse to hear them, tell it unto the church: and if he refuse to hear the church also, let him be unto thee as the Gentile and the publican. " (Matt. 18: 17)

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians

There are different extensions of the word “church. ” Ø Universal - all Christians “taken. . . together” Ø Geographical – all Christians in a particular area “taken. . . together” Ø Local - Christians who meet, worship and work together – the churches of Galatia (Gal. 1: 2) – the church of God at Corinth (1 Cor. 1: 2) – the church of the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 1: 1) – the seven churches in Asia (Rev. 1: 12)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 2: 1 -6)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 2: 1 -6) "Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. "

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "Nevertheless I have somewhat

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. " (Rev. 2: 1 -6)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 2: 8 -9)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 2: 8 -9) "And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. "

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 2: 12 -16)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 2: 12 -16) "And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. "

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "But I have a

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. " (Rev. 2: 1216)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 2: 18 -20)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 2: 18 -20) "And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. "

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "Notwithstanding I have a

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. " (Rev. 2: 18 -20)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 3: 1 -4)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 3: 1 -4) "And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. "

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "Remember therefore how thou

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. " (Rev. 3: 1 -4)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 3: 7 -11)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 3: 7 -11) "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. "

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "Behold, I will make

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. " (Rev. 3: 7 -11)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 3: 14 -19)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. (Rev. 3: 14 -19) "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. "

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "Because thou sayest, I

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. " (Rev. 3: 14 -19)

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. If any believing man

Local churches in the first century were functional, organized units. If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows. (1 Tim. 5: 16)

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of a local church. (Acts 8: 34 -40) So the eunuch answered Philip and said, "I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man? " Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized? " Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may. " And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. "

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of a local church. So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea. (Acts 8: 34 -40)

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of a local church. (Acts 9: 26 -29) And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples;

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of a local church. (Acts 9: 26 -29) 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. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of a local church. So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. (Acts 9: 25 -29)

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of a local church. (Acts 10: 44 -48) While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of

Being a member of the universal church does not make one a member of a local church. "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? " And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days. (Acts 10: 44 -48)

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of fellowship. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. (Eph. 5: 11) 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. (Rom. 16: 17 -18)

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of fellowship. For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (1 Cor. 5: 3 -5)

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of fellowship. (1 Cor. 5: 9 -13) I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of fellowship. a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner--not even to eat with such a person. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore "put away from yourselves the evil person. " (1 Cor. 5: 9 -13)

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of fellowship. But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Tim. 3: 1 -5)

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of fellowship. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned. (Titus 3: 10 -11)

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of

A local church should never accept as a member someone who is unworthy of fellowship. 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; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. (2 John 9 -11)