New Testament Church (Matt.16:18)

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The doctrine of the church is clearly set forth in hundreds of Scriptures. Everything that one needs to know about the subject is fully stated in Scripture. so that there is no need for different theories about any phase of church doctrine if men will be willing to take exactly what the Bible says on every point.

The words church and churches are used 108 times in the New Testament. They are not found once in the Old Testament.

WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH IS NOT
It is not any one or all the denominations and independent parts of Christendom.
It is not the beginning of the eternal kingdom of Christ and of God.
It is not the visible part of this kingdom in the world, through which God is trying to rule the nations, as taught by some.
It is not the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God, and it is never confused with them in Scripture. We are "heirs" of the kingdom (Rom. 8:17; James 2:5), but not of the church. We belong to the church and cannot inherit ourselves, but we will inherit the kingdom. We are "children of the kingdom" (Matt. 8:11,12), but not of the church. The kingdom is yet to come (Matt. 6:10; Rev. 11:15), but the church is here now. We will receive the kingdom (Heb. 12:28), but not the church. Also, the church is a new mystery revealed (Eph. 3), while the kingdom has been the subject of the prophets for ages past (Dan. 2:44,45; 7:13,14; Isa. 9:6,7). This and many other points contrast between the church and the kingdom prove that the church is not the same as the kingdom.
 
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WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH IS
The New Testament Church is a called out body of people of all nations who have been born again and who have lived a true Christian life and died in the faith. It also includes all those who are alive in Christ today. This present church is the ekklesia of the New Testament times, called out of the world to evangelize the world in this age.
The church, in its largest signification, is the whole company of redeemed in all ages, in Heaven and Earth (Eph. 3:1-11; Heb. 12:23). It is the spiritual people who have been made members of the universal family of God. The church in this sense is the body of Christ, and it does not consist of saved and unsaved. It is not merely a group of individuals associated together for social and benevolent purposes, as seems to be the idea on every hand. It is the body of people indwelt by God through the Holy Spirit and through whom God works in the world.
The Bible teaches one universal church and many local churches in which the universal church takes local and temporal form. It also teaches a spiritual and invisible church and many visible and material churches in which God is made known to the world. A local church may be defined as a company of redeemed people in any locality or community, who unite themselves voluntarily together as a part of the universal church for the purpose of establishing themselves in the faith of the gospel and to evangelize their community and to propagate the gospel to the ends of the Earth. Local churches are mentioned many times in Scripture (Matt. 18:17; Acts 14:23; Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 1:2; 4:17; 16:19; Phil. 4:15; Col. 4:15; 1 Pet. 5:13; Rev. 1:11; 2:1, 8, 12, 18; 3:1, 7). A local church may consist of as few as two and three people (Matt. 18:15-20).
Many human organizations that claim to be Christian are not churches. Any organization that is instated and managed solely by man; that permits unsaved men in it, that has no definite form of doctrine according to the Scriptures, that does not have the church laws and ordinances, and that does not follow the whole Bible as the rule of faith and practice cannot be a church. Such organizations may be good in supplementing the work of the church, but they cannot be classed as churches. The laws of the Bible through which believers unite themselves into churches may be summarized as follows:
1. The sole authority of the entire Bible, rightly divided, as the ruler of faith and practice in life and conduct.
2. the new birth and genuine Christian living as necessary to church membership.
3. Wilful obedience to the Bible in all of its ordinances, doctrines, and laws.
4. Consecration to the will of God and to the end to which He is consecrated.
5. The right of each member of the church to a voice in government and discipline (Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 5:1-7; Rev. 2-3).
6. The freedom of the conscience and personal responsibility to God.
7. Total independence of the church and state from each other.
The church is not an organization based upon the common brotherhood of man and resting upon humanitarian principles only, but it is a supernatural body of believers filled with the presence and power of God as individuals conform to the gospel of Christ. The church is like a family in its social life, yet it is unlike a family in its formation. Each local church is a part of the universal church in the broad sense. However, there are many in local churches that do not belong to the body of Christ, and therefore they are not a true part of the universal church of the New Testament.
 
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Danuwoa

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Jesus condemned divorce,love of money,adultry,stealing,bearing false witness etc.Funny that the one thing he never condemned was homosexuality.
Read Romans. Particularly the last part of the book of Romans. Funny that some people so badly want to make homosexuality ok.
 

NoOne

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Man in the flesh always wants to point to a particular sin as right or wrong. But God says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23. All are guilty whether it be the sin of homosexuality, adultery, the little white lie, you name it, all have sinned. By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned, Romans 5:12

The one little sin of Adam "disobedience to God" in that he eat of the fruit he was forbidden, plunged all mankind into sin.

The wages of sin is death and that means eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire on the judgement day for those dead in sin and that is all that are in Adam.

But God provides a way today that anyone, no matter what they have done or who they are can be saved from their sin and from the power of it but they must come to God in Gods way and that is through his own Son, Jesus Christ who was God manifested in the flesh.

The gospel is that Christ died for our sins and took the full penalty for the sin of the world upon himself. God raised Christ from the dead to show that the payment was made and excepted and all who come to God by Christ can now be saved through him.

But you have to come to God as the sinner that God has declared that you are and except Christ as the gift that God provided. To be excepted in the beloved is to be declared righteous. If you're not in Christ as being identified in his death, burial and resurrection as your's, then you are in Adam and cursed.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15

Everyone needs this Saviour Jesus Christ "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." 2 Corinthians 5:14,15

If anyone will take God at his word and believe what he says, then they can be saved by Faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ and be justified from all things.

Acts 13:38,39 "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."

Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God"
 
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Jesus condemned divorce,love of money,adultry,stealing,bearing false witness etc.Funny that the one thing he never condemned
was homosexuality.
Ten sins for which God gave men up to defile the body

Romans 1:21-29
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in there imagination, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: even their women did change the natural use into that which is against natural:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unsemmly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
you can read 28 and 29 for your self it goes with 21-27.
Result of apostasy homosexuality; lesbianism being sin !
 

NoOne

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But we should all be thankful for the dispensation of the Grace of God where anybody can be saved from their sin by the redemption that is in Christ Jesus that tasted death for every man. So no matter who you are or what you have done, you can find salvation, the forgiveness of sins and receive the Spirit to strengthen and help to grow in grace and grace to help to overcome in time of temptation.

The church at Corinth was the prime example of that and the Word states it clearly in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 from the Apostle Paul "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU. But you were WASHED, but you were SANCTIFIED, but you were JUSTIFIED in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."

Acts 13:38,39 "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."

When the sinner takes God at his word and believes that he is a sinner in need of a Saviour and excepts Christ as his substitute, that he died for his sins and was raised from the dead for his justification he passes out of Adam into Christ and is a new creation in Christ and is then to walk worthy of the Lord each and every day.

Romans 12:1,2 " I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

2 Corinthians 9:15 "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."
 
Jesus condemned divorce,love of money,adultry,stealing,bearing false witness etc.Funny that the one thing he never condemned was homosexuality.
You deny that Jesus is Yahweh? You deny that Jesus was clear that sexual immorality is sin during his earthly ministry?
 
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NAMES AND APPELLATIONS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH

1. THE CHURCH AS "THE BODY OF CHIRST." The church is referred to by this term several times in various ways (1 Cor. 10:16; 12:27; Eph. 4:12). This truth is otherwise expressed in Scripture by the following terms: "one body" (Rom. 12:4, 5; 1 Cor. 10:17; 12:12, 13, 20; Eph. 2:16; 4:4; Col. 3:15), "the body" (1 Cor. 12:14-16, 18 19; 22-25; Eph. 4:16; 5:23), "the whole body" (1 Cor. 12:17; Eph. 4:16), "his body" (Eph. 1:23; 5:30), "same body" (Eph. 3:6), "the body, the church" (Col. 1:18), "his body's sake, which is the church" (Col. 1:24). and "all the body" (Col. 2:19).
All these passages clearly set forth the fact that all saved men are members of the body of Christ, which is the church of the New Testament. In this sense, of all the saved being members of Christ the church is called "the Christ," that is, the church as the body of Christ and Christ as the head of the body, the church, make the complete Christ (1 Cor. 12:12). This relationship speaks of the union of the saved with Christ. They are in Him and He is in them (2 Cor. 5:17; Col. 1:27; 2:10).
 
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The church is also called "one new man" (Eph. 2:15) and "a perfect man' (Eph. 4:13) , made up of both Jews and Gentiles (Eph. 2:10-22; 3:1-6; 1 Cor. 12:12, 13).These two terms are certainly good expressions in conveying the idea of Christ as the head of the body, the church. The church and Christ are so united as to be one body of people. Paul expressed it thus: "But he that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit" (1 Cor. 6:17). The "one new men" and the one "perfect man" is made up of only new and perfect men in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17; Phil. 3:15). It is true that not everyone in Christ is as mature and perfect in development as he will be if he continues to grow in grace and knowledge, but everyone in Christ is a new creature and is perfect as far as being cleansed and free from committing the sins that will damm the soul, and he will always be that way if he walks in Christ as he has received Him (Col. 2:6, 7; Gal. 5:16-26; Rom. 8:1-13; 2 Cor.5:17; 1 John 2:29; 2:5-10; 5:1-4, 18).
 
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It is generally held by some that the church is called a woman, a virgin, a lady, and a bride, and feminine pronouns are always used in referring to the church, but just the opposite is taught in Scripture. In no Scripture is the church referred to by a feminine pronoun and as a virgin or woman, married or unmarried. Why should the church be a woman when it is the body of Christ ? Was Christ a woman or a man ? If He is a man, then why should not the church be call a " man " instead of a woman ? This would be the only natural and scriptural analogy.

The members of the body of Christ are called " babes in Christ " (1Cor. 3:1-3). All saved men are thus in the initial stage of the Christian experience, until they learn to discern between both good and evil and live according to that knowledge (Heb. 5:11-14; 1 Pet. 2:2). They are called " the branches " ( John. 15:1-10). All men in Christ are branches in Him who is the true vine and the root and fatness of the olive tree ( Rom. 11:13-25). They are called " my friends " because of the close relationship of Christ and His " branches " ( John 15:15). As " branches " in the vine they are called " members of Christ " ( 1 Cor. 6:15; Eph. 5:30). They are also called " the ambassadors of Christ " and His " witnesses " ( Acts 1:8). They are also spoken of as " the epistle of Christ " ( 2 Cor. 3:1-5).
 
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The body of Christ is called " The Church of God " (Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 1:2; 10:32; 11:22; 15:9; 2 Cor. 1:1; Gal. 1:13; 1 Tim. 3:15) and " the church of the living God " ( 1 Tim. 3:15 ). It is so-called because it belongs to God. Even as Christ belongs to God, so His church would also be God's (1 Cor. 3:21-23; 11:3). It is called " the pillar and stay of truth " because it upholds the truth of God in the world ( 1 Tim. 3:15). The one great truth that the church upholds in the universe is the headship of God ( 1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 1:10; Phil. 2:11; Col. 1:15-19). This is the truth that Lucifer did not abide in ( John 8:44; Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:11-17). He is now denying it ( 1 John 2:18-23 ). Failure to uphold the headship of God is what caused the fall : so the redeemed are now given the responsibility to uphold it before men by an actual demonstration of it ( Eph. 3:10; 4:11-16; 5:24; Heb. 13:7, 17, 24; Phil. 2:1-4; 1 Pet. 5:1-6 ). The history of the devil and fallen angels and men reveals one effort after another to destroy the sovereignty of God and subjection to proper authority. The great struggle in the world today is that of rebelling against law and order. Rebellion is manifest among angels and men, including husband and wives, parents and children, masters and servants, pastors and people, all classes of people and even to demonstrate to the angels the manifold wisdom of God by an example of submission to God and to His law (Eph. 3:8-11).
 

gordon 2

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"The great struggle in the world today is that of rebelling against law and order. Rebellion is manifest among angels and men, including husband and wives, parents and children, masters and servants, pastors and people, all classes of people and even to demonstrate to the angels the manifold wisdom of God by an example of submission to God and to His law (Eph. 3:8-11). "

Are you certain that the world today is rebelling against His law and order, that it is the great struggle? more so than it ever was?

So people who are saved and justified if they do not submit to His law or some part of it, are they in rebellion?

And what is reasonable service? Who decides what reasonable service is? What is its relationship to submission?
 
Ahh...but alas, there was a church in the Old Testament.

Acts 7:37-38
37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
 

NoOne

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The Kingdom (church) assembly which is an earthly kingdom promised to Israel by covenant as this is how the word church (assembly) should have been translated as that is the meaning of the word it was translated from, the greek word ekklēsia which means ASSEMBLY. Israel's Kingdom was prophesied in the old testament and is the millennium kingdom of Christ which is future and takes place after the rapture of the Body of Christ, church aka assembly.

The word church is miss-leading in some of its use. It simply means a called out assembly and is the meaning of the greek ekklēsia.
 
The Kingdom (church) assembly which is an earthly kingdom promised to Israel by covenant as this is how the word church (assembly) should have been translated as that is the meaning of the word it was translated from, the greek word ekklēsia which means ASSEMBLY. Israel's Kingdom was prophesied in the old testament and is the millennium kingdom of Christ which is future and takes place after the rapture of the Body of Christ, church aka assembly.

The word church is miss-leading in some of its use. It simply means a called out assembly and is the meaning of the greek ekklēsia.
Not all churches are brides.
 
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The body of Christ is called by Jesus " my church " ( Matt. 16:18 ). It is made up of people who belong to Jesus as well as to God. Those who are truly saved recognize both the Father and the Son. Those who deny the Son cannot have the Father, for He is the way to God ( John 14:1-14; 1 John 2:22-25 ). The church belongs to Jesus because He purchased it with His own blood and redeemed them to God ( Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 6: 20; 1 Pet. 1:18-23 ).
 
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The body of Christ is called " the church " in many passages (Matt. 18:17; Acts 2:47; 5:11; 8:1-5; 12:1-5; Eph. 1:22; 5:23-32; Col. 1:18, 24) Local churches are referred to as " the church " in a certain locality ( Acts 11:22-26; 13:1; 14:27; James 5:14 ). Many local churches are mentioned in Scripture: " the church that is in their house " (Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:19; Col. 4:15; ), " the church of the Thessalonians " ( 1 Thess. 1:1; 2 Thess. 1:1 ), " the church that is at Babylon " ( 1 Pet. 5:13 ), " the church of Ephesus " (Rev. 2:1 ), " the church in Smyrna " ( Rev. 2:8 ) " the church in Pergamos " ( Rev. 2:12) " the church in Thyatira " ( Rev. 2:18 ), " the church in Sardis " ( Rev. 3>1 ), " the church in Philadelphia " ( Rev. 3:7 ), and " the church of the Laodiceans " ( Col. 4:16; Rev. 3:14).
Such terms as the following are used in Scripture of the universal church and of local churches: " ever church " ( Acts 14:23; 1 Cor. 4:17; Phil. 4:15 ), " the whole church " ( Acts 15:22; Rom. 16:23; 1 Cor. 14:23 ) and " assembly " ( James 2:2 ). All local churches on Earth make the visible and universal church, and all true saved men in all local churches make the invisible body of Christ. universal terms are used of all local churches such as " the churches of God " ( 1 Cor. 11:16; 1 Thess. 2:14 2 Thess. 1:4 ), " the churches of the Gentiles " (Rom. 16:16 ), " the churches of Christ " ( Rom. 16:16 ), "the churches " ( Acts 9:31; 15:41; 16:5; 19:37; 1 Cor. 14:34; 2 Cor. 9:19-24; Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 22:16 ), " all churches " ( 1 Cor. 7:17; 2 Cor. 8:18; 11:28 ), and " all churches of the saints " ( 1 Cor. 14:33 ), Sectional churches are referred to such as " the churches of Galatia " ( 1 Cor. 16:1; Gal. 1:2 ), " the churches of Asia " ( 1: Cor. 16:19 ), " the churches of Macedonia " ( 2 Cor. 8:1 ), " other churches " ( 2 Cor. 11:8; 12:13 ), " the churches of Judea " ( Gal. 1:22 ), and " the seven churches which are in Asia " ( Rev. 1:4, 11, 20 ).
The body of Christ is also called " the church of the firstborn " ( Heb. 12:23), because it belongs to Christ, Who is " the firstborn of every creature . . . the first-begotten of the dead . . . the firstborn among many brethren " ( Col. 1:15-18; Rom. 8:29; Rev. 1:5 ), It is also called " the general assembly " (Heb. 12:23). This term refers to the redeemed of all ages who will inhabit the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is called " the bride, the Lamb's wife " ( Rev. 21:9, 10 ).
 
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THE BODY OF CHRIST THE CHURCH, AS THE DWELLING PLACE OF GOD AMONG MEN. The New Testament speaks of the church as " the house of God " ( 1 Tim. 3:15 ) , " the house " ( Matt. 10:25; 2 Tim. 2:20-24; Heb. 3:6 ), " an habitation of God " ( Eph. 2:22 ), " an holy temple " ( Eph. 2:21 ), " a spiritual house " (1 Pet. 2:5 ), " the building " ( Eph. 2:21; 1 Cor. 3:9 ), " God's building " ( 1 Cor. 3:9 ), " lively stones " (1 Pet. 2:5 ), " the temple of God " (1 Cor. 3:16), " the temple of the living God " ( 2 Cor. 6:16), and the " house of Christ " ( Heb. 3:6 ).
All these passages teach that God dwells in men and that they are the outward manifestations of divinity in the Earth. Saved men are demonstrators of God and His power among the unsaved. They are to be God's representatives to bring the knowledge of God to all nations. Scriptures speak of God dwelling in men ( John 14:23; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16-20 ), but this must be understood in the sense of union with men to a common end.
 
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