You should know that, in the Bible times, the church is called-
The temple of God. 1 Cor. 3:16.
The bride of Christ Eph. 5:22-32.
The body of Christ Col. 1:18, 24; Eph. 1:22-23.
The kingdom of God’s Son Col. 1:13.
The house of God 1 Tim. 3:15.
The Church of God. 1 Cor.1:2.
The church of the firstborn Heb. 12:23.
The church of the Lord. Acts 20:28
The churches of Christ. Rom.16:16.
You should know that the church is-
Built by Jesus Christ Matt.16:13-18
Purchased by the blood of Christ Acts 20:28.
Built on Jesus Christ as the only foundation. 1Cor. 3:11.
Not built on peter, Paul or any other man. 1Cor. 1:12-13
Composed of the saved, who are added to it by the lord who
Saves them Acts 2:27
You should know that members of the church are called-
Member of Christ 1Cor.12:27; 6:15; Rom. 12:4-5
Disciples of Christ Acts 6:1,7; 11:26.
Believers Acts 5:14; 2Cor.6:15
Saints Acts 9:13; Rom. 1:7; Phil. 1:1.
Priests. 1Pet. 2:5, 9, Rev. 1:6.
Children of God. Gal. 3:26-27; 1Jno. 3:1-2.
Christians. Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1Pet. 4:16
You should know that the Local church has –
Elders (also called bishops and pastors) who oversee and tend the flock.
1Tim.3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, 1Pet.5:14.
Deacons, who serve the church. 1Tim. 3:8-13, Phil. 1:1
Evangelists (preachers, ministers), who teach and proclaim the word of God.
Eph. 4:11:1 1Tim. 4-13-16; 2 Tim. 4:1-5.
Members, who love the Lord and each other. Phil. 2:1-5
Autonomy, and is bound to other local churches only by the
Common faith shared. Jude. 3; Gal. 5:1.
You should know that the faithful church will-
Worship in spirit and in truth Jno. 4:23-24
Meet on the first day of the week. Acts. 20:7, Heb. 10:25
Pray. Jsa. 5:16; Acts 2:42; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Thes. 5:17.
Sing. Making melody with the heart Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16.
Eat the Lord’s supper on the first day of each week. Acts 2:42 Acts 20:7; Matt 26:26-30
Give, liberally and cheerfully 1Cor. 16:1-2: 2 Cor. 8:1-5: 9:6:6-8
You Should know that the same church today-
Is guided by the same word 1Pet. 1:22-25; 2 Tim. 3:16-17
Contends for the one faith. Jude 3; Eph. 4:5
Pleads for unity of all believers Jno. 17:20-21; Eph. 4:4-6
Is not a denomination. 1Cor: 1:10-13; Eph. 4:1-6.
Is faith to Christ Lk. 6:46; Rev. 2:10; Mk. 8:38.
Wears the name of Christ. Rom. 16:16; Acts 11:26; 1Pet. 4:16.
You should know that a child of God-Can be lost : 1Cor. 9:27; 10:12; Gal. 5:4; Heb. 3:12-19
But is given a law of pardon Acts 8:22; Jas. 5:16.
Is constantly cleansed by the blood of Christ as he walks in the light of God
1Pet. 2:9-10; 1 Jno. 1:5-10