What Makes Churches of Christ Different Than Denominations?

Text: Romans 16:16 Note: This is not intended to endorse every congregation that wears the name “church of Christ.” For the purpose of this outline, the “churches of Christ” are those who are faithfully following the New Testament pattern. Not Based on Our Name Many churches of Christ do not follow the NT pattern (Revelation […]

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 […]

Evangelism, Edification, Benevolence

Evangelism What is it? – Preaching & teaching the gospel to the lost By individuals – 1 Peter 3:15; Acts 8:4; 9:19 By the local church – 1 Timothy 3:15; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; Acts 13:3 Perverting the NT work – Evangelistic organizations, social gospel Edification What is it? – Building up and strengthening Christians in […]

Let Not the Church be Charged

Text: 1 Timothy 5:16 What God has Charged the Church to Do: Evangelism – 1 Timothy 3:15 Edification – Ephesians 4:11-16 Benevolence – Acts 4:32-35; 11:27-30 What Men Charge the Church with (examples): Expanded benevolence (to include non-Christians) Recreation Common Meals Education Daycare Most Things are not Bad in Themselves –

What Caused the Early Church to Grow?

Text: Acts 9:31 They enjoyed peace They were being built up They feared the Lord They were comforted by the Holy Spirit

The Gospel of the Grace of God

Text: Acts 20:24 The gospel reveals, and is part of, God’s grace – Titus 2:11-12 What do we preach? Jesus has come – Acts 19:1-5 Conditions of grace – Acts 20:21; 19:3-5 Kingdom of God – Acts 20:25 Warnings against apostasy – Acts 20:29-31 Why do we preach it? – Acts 20:32

Purpose of Preaching

To Convert the Lost – Romans 1:16 To Edify the Saved – Acts 20:32 As a Witness Against those who Reject – Luke 10:10-12 To Save Ourselves – 1 Timothy 4:16