The Universal Church Myth

Bible Text: Matthew 16:18,Acts 2:47,Acts 11:26 | Preacher: Steve Hall | Series: Universal Church

• Designed to help answer questions like:
o Why can’t we just start our own church?
o Why do we need to seek “authorization” from another church?
• To help appreciate why most of the New Testament was written to a church
• To help us appreciate that special glory is to be given to Christ Jesus in the church
o Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3:21)
• To help us understand the importance of church attendance
o Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)
• To help refute the popular sentiment – “I love Jesus. I just don’t like organized religion.” Or “I don’t need to go to church to be a Christian.” True, but a true believer will want to honor the Lord and obey His commandments.
• To help refute the concept of “home church” and the abuse of Matt 18:20
o For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20)
This verse is true, though this does not define church authority.

The Authority of Johns Baptism

Bible Text: Luke 7:24-30 | Preacher: Jerry Gumm

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The Pattern for The New Testament Baptist Church

Bible Text: Acts 2:14 | Preacher: Carl Morton

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The Church that Jesus Built

Bible Text: Matthew 16:18 | Preacher: Dr. Rex Hensley

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The Pastor and His Work – Feed

Bible Text: Acts 20:28 | Preacher: Dan Hillard | Series: The Pastor and His Work

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The Pastor and His Work – Lead

Bible Text: Acts 20:28 | Preacher: Dan Hillard | Series: The Pastor and His Work

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The Pastor and His Work – Heed

Bible Text: Acts 20:28 | Preacher: Dan Hillard | Series: The Pastor and His Work

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The Role of the Local Church in Missions

Bible Text: Matthew 16:17 | Preacher: Bert Craft

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Ecclesiology-The Church: Officers and Ordinances

Bible Text: I Peter 5:1-3,Hebrews 13:7 | Preacher: Dr. Rex Hensley

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Two officers of the church are specified in the Bible: pastors and
deacons. We call these the ordained officers. However, we have
trustees, financial secretaries, etc., who are not ordained.
A The office of pastor. The word pastor is a translation of the Greek word poimen
meaning shepherd.
1. Pastor, elder, and bishop are different names used in the Bible for the same
office-17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and caUed the elders [Greek
presbuteros meaning elder] of the church ….. 27 For I have not shunned to
declare unto you all the counsel of God. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves,
and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers
[Greek episkopos, meaning overseer or bishop], to feed the church of God,
which he hath purchased with his own blood (Acts 20:17, 27-28); 1 The elders
[Greekpresbuteros meaning elder) which are amongyou I exhort, who am
also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of
the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed [Greekpoimaino meaningfeed, rule,
Pastor, shepherd] the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight
[Greek episkopeo, verb form of episkopos, meaning oversight or bishoprick]
thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock
(I Peter 5:1-3).

Ecclesiology-Doctrine of the Church: Missions

Bible Text: I Peter 2:4-10,Acts 1:8 | Preacher: John Hatcher

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A To proclaim the praises of God–4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone,
disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively
stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in
the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he
that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe
he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders
disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:
whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal
priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises
of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 10 Which
in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not
obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy (I Peter 2:4-10).