Week5_3Theological_Definition_of_a_Church - VII THEOLOGICAL...

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VII. T HEOLOGICAL D EFINITION OF A C HURCH A. A CHURCH IS AN ASSEMBLY OF PROFESSING BELIEVERS. The first criterion for a New Testament church is an assembly of those who have their faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:9). Not all who make an outward confession of faith, in fact, actually possess eternal life. There will be some in the church who are not saved, as was the case in New Testament times (Acts 8:13-23). However, all should be accepted into the church upon their profession of faith. The church is an assembly of professing believers. It seems, no matter how carefully the church examines individuals (Jude 4, 1 Pet. 2:1), some gain access into their fellowship, only to be questioned at a later time. B. THE UNIQUE PRESENCE OF JESUS CHRIST DWELLS IN A CHURCH. Christ is the light of the world (John 8:12), and the primary purpose of the church is to hold up the light in a dark world (Phil. 2:15-16). The church does more than possess a light; it is a light, expressly a corporate group of lights; “ye are lights” (Phil. 2:15). Therefore, the church is an organism and its light and life is Jesus Christ. He dwells in the midst of His people. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). But Christ does more than indwell a church; He is the church. It is His body and He is its life. Christ walked through the seven churches in the book of Revelation. He commended them for their good works (Rev. 2:3) and rebuked them for their sin and false doctrine.
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This note was uploaded on 07/12/2011 for the course PHIL 104 B taught by Professor Aidoo during the Spring '11 term at Liberty.

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