The All-Sufficiency of the Church

What Makes the Church All-Sufficient?

  • Divine origin – Matthew 16:18
  • Part of God’s eternal plan – Ephesians 3:10-11
  • Christ is the head – Ephesians 1:22-23
  • Belongs to Him – Acts 20:28

What is the Church All-Sufficient to Do?

  • Evangelism – 1 Timothy 3:15
  • Edification – Ephesians 4:12,16
  • Benevolence – Acts 4:32-35

How is the Church All-Sufficient?

  • Plan/pattern – Acts 2:42
  • Organization – Philippians 1:1

Denying the All-Sufficiency of the Church

  • Using gimmicks to reach the lost
  • Offering special programs (“ministries”) for members
  • Delegating oversight to another church or institution (sponsoring church arrangement, institutionalism)
  • Establishing an organization through which to work collectively to do spiritual works

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