Romans 16:16; I Thessalonians 2:14
Different congregations of these Christians were called "churches of Christ" and
"churches of God."
The Bible never refers to Baptist Churches, Catholic Churches, Methodist Churches, etc.
Do you read of any approved denomination in the Bible?
I Corinthians 1:10-13; 3:1-7; 4:6
Paul wanted the people in the church at Corinth to "speak the same thing."
Paul was pleased that there were divisions among the Christians there.
Did Paul approve or disapprove of the Corinthians calling themselves after different
God will be pleased today if we call ourselves after different men (Luther) or doctrines
(Baptist) rather than after Christ.
God does not approve of believers dividing themselves up by different denominational
Acts 11:25-26; 26:22-28
The first century disciples were called "Christians."
We read about different kinds of Christians (example: Baptist Christians, Methodist
Christians, Catholic Christians, etc.)
Paul try to persuade Agrippa to be a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic or Presbyterian.
Those who accepted Peter's message were baptized "for the remission of sins," or in
order to be saved.
Those who were saved by the Lord were added to the Church.
Those who were saved were told to "join the Church of your choice."
(doctrine: teaching; instruction)
Jesus is the Savior of the body, which is the Church.
What did Jesus give for the Church? (cf. Acts 20:28)
All those whom Jesus saves will be in His Church.
One can be saved without becoming a part of the Lord's body or Church.
Jesus prayed that all those who believed in Him would be one.
What did Jesus say would sanctify His disciples?
Jesus wants His followers to be one just as He and the Father are one. (sanctify: to
make holy; purify)
Both the Jews and the Gentiles have been reconciled to God.
By what were they reconciled to God.
All those reconciled to God are in the one body or Church. (reconcile: to change from
enmity to friendship completely)
Ephesians 1:18-23; Colossians 1:12-18, 24
The Church is identified as the "body of Christ."
Jesus is the head of His body, the Church.
Since Jesus is the head of the Church, we must submit to Him in all things.
Jesus, as head of the Church, should receive all honor and glory, including the honor of
his followers wearing His name.
The body of Christ is the Church.
How many bodies are there?
If the body is the Church, and there is only one body, how many churches are there?
The Bible teaches that there is one church just as it teaches that there is one Lord.
(cf. 1 Cor. 8:4-6)
Jesus promised to build many churches.
Jesus say that the church would belong to Him.
After He built the Church, Jesus said He would give to Peter the keys of the
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Lesson 4 THE CHURCH THAT JESUS BUILT