The Distinctive Nature of the Church OF Christ

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The Distinctive Nature of the Church “OF Christ” A study of the distinctive features

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

The Distinctive Nature of the Church OF Christ Definitions n Distinctive: u “Serving n

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

The Distinctive Nature of the Church OF Christ Applying The Definitions n The inherent,

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

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Authority OF Christ n n

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Authority OF Christ n n (Mt. 28: 18) (Ep. 1: 22 -23) Importance of Authority (Jer. 5: 3031) (Mt. 18: 18 -20) Proper Source of Authority (Mt. 21: 23 -27) (Jer. 10: 23) (Mt. 15: 3, 9; 7: 21 -23) Not the authority of Moses or David (2 Ti. 2: 15) (Co. 2: 14)

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Doctrine OF Christ n n

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Doctrine OF Christ n n (2 Jo. 1: 9) No doctrines of men (Mt. 15: 7 -9) u Faith only salvation u Once saved - always saved u One church as good as another u Auricular confession to priest n “Teach no other doctrine” (1 Ti. 1: 3) u (1 Ti. 6: 3 -5) (2 Jo. 1: 10 -11) (Mt. 16: 6, 12)

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Members OF Christ n n

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Members OF Christ n n (Ep. 5: 30, 32) (1 Co. 12: 27) How do we become members OF Christ? u Through proper obedience u Must have the wedding garment u No sprinkling or denom. baptism n Sanctified (1 Co. 1: 1 -2) u Pure lives (2 Co. 7: 1) (Ep. 5: 1 -4)

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Members OF Christ n n

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Members OF Christ n n (Ep. 5: 30, 32) (1 Co. 12: 27) How do we become members OF Christ? u Through proper obedience u Must have the wedding garment u No sprinkling or denom. baptism n Sanctified (1 Co. 1: 1 -2) u Pure lives (2 Co. 7: 1) (Ep. 5: 1 -4)

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Fellowship OF Christ n n

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Fellowship OF Christ n n (1 Co. 1: 9) (2 Co. 6: 14 -18) (Ep. 5: 11) No joint ventures with the denominations u Trading pulpits with denominational preachers u Ministerial Alliance u Bus ministry, Vacation Bible School, Youth Rallies, etc.

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Organization OF Christ n n

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Organization OF Christ n n (1 Pe. 5: 1 -3) Elders, Deacons, Saints (Ph. 1: 1) “Elders in every church” (Ac. 14: 23) New Testament churches… u Planned their own work u Implemented their own work u Selected their own messengers u Raised their own funds

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Worship OF Christ n n

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Worship OF Christ n n (Jo. 4: 23 -24) Not the worship of “self-will” u (Ge. 4: 3 -7) n n n (He. 11: 4) (Le. 10: 1 -3) The Lord’s Supper (Ac. 20: 7) Contribution (1 Co. 16: 1 -2) Prayer (Ac. 2: 42) Singing (He. 2: 12) Preaching (Ac. 20: 7)

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Mission OF Christ n n

The Churches “OF” Christ Will Have. . . The Mission OF Christ n n n Jesus did not come to this earth to end disease, hunger, illiteracy or cruelty to animals (Mt. 1: 21) (Mk. 1: 38) (Lk. 4: 43) Evangelism (1 Th. 1: 8) Edification (Ep. 4: 11 -16) Benevolence (Ac. 4: 32 -35) Any other mission is not OF Christ

The Distinctive Nature of the Church OF Christ Applying It All n The church

The Distinctive Nature of the Church OF Christ Applying It All n The church that is OF Christ bears some distinctive marks u The marks are easily recognizable u Any church that does not bear these marks of distinction is not OF Christ u Are you a part of a church that is OF Christ? (Mt. 15: 13)

The Distinctive Nature of the Church “OF Christ” A study of the distinctive features

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