The New Testament Church

Jesus Built One Church – Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23

Universal Church & Local Church

  • Universal church – all the saved (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23)
  • Local church – Christians (members of the universal church) coming together in local groups (Hebrews 10:25)

Some Degree of Uniformity among Local Churches – 2 Timothy 1:13; 1 Corinthians 4:17

What to Look for in a Local Church

  • Proper name – Romans 16:16 (cf. Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:23)
  • Proper worship – John 4:24
  • Proper message – 1 Timothy 3:15
  • Proper work – 1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 4:32-35
  • Proper organization – Acts 14:23; 1 Peter 5:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-13

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