VARYING BIBLICAL DOCTRINES AND CHURCH DOCTRINES
CHURCH DOCTRINE BIBLE STUDY ADVENTURE
When you think of
a Church, what's the first thing that
comes to your mind? Is it a building with
rock, wood, stained glass windows, organ music, choir and a
believe that is the interpretation of the word "Church"
which our Lord Jesus had in mind when He told Peter that he
(Peter) was the rock upon which He would build His Church?
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and
upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates
of hell shall not prevail against it.
speaking of physical stone? Is a Church merely rock, wood
Take a trip
with me as to find the origins of the Church..
Abel offered sacrifices to God.
Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob built altars as a place to
sacrifice and worship God.
Church? Or are we to say because there was no physical
structure and no fellow believers present so it must not
have been a Church?
In the days of Moses, the Tabernacle was built. The tabernacle was a tent
sanctuary where God was worshipped. An important thing to
note is that the tabernacle was portable ...
That's right, you can take it from one place to another.
Is this a
Church? Or because it is no more than a portable tent, does
it fall short of your ideology of what a Church is to be?
believe that the Church did not begin until after Jesus died
for our sins.
But is this
STEPHEN to answer that question for us, shall we?
BIBLICAL DOCTRINES AND CHURCH DOCTRINES WOES
CHURCH DOCTRINE BIBLE STUDY WARNING
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 ...
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. This is he, that was in the
So we see
that Stephen knew a Church was a group of people and not a
building made of rock, wood and glass.
Just to expound on Church a bit ... Let's look
at what many consider Church is today.
morning, you get up early, put on your Sunday best, and you
drive to that beautiful building that you're proud to call
your Church. You sit with other believers and listen to a
man of God share the Word of God with you for about an hour
a week. As you're sitting there trying to pay attention to
the Church leader preaching, you look around at others in
the Church to see who is there and what they are wearing.
Your mind begins to drift to other things like mowing the
lawn that afternoon, so you don't want to forget gasoline
for the lawnmower on your way home from Church. Maybe you'll
clean the garage after that. You've been quite stressed at
work lately, so that thought joins with the other
distractions. Your child sitting next to you is fidgety, so
you give them that stern look to settle down, and you look
over at the woman looking in her purse mirror to be sure her
lipstick is on straight, and the person next to you keeps
coughing, without covering their mouth. Suddenly, everyone
rises to leave.But, hey
... You are IN a building called Church.
So you must be IN Church.
BIBLICAL DOCTRINES AND CHURCH DOCTRINES DANGERS
CHURCH DOCTRINE BIBLE STUDY PATH TO PEACEIs
this what Jesus had in mind when He spoke of Church?
Let's talk more about the purpose of Church doctrines
some questions to determine if you are IN Church.
there because you feel obligated to be there or are you
seeking a deeper understanding of the Word of God there? Are
you there cuz your neighbor is? Do you hear and understand
the preaching that takes place as to apply the message to
your life? Do you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit
there? When you leave there ... Can you claim that you've
really been to Church ... Not just
in the flesh, but in the Spirit?
important questions to ask yourself about Church.
take the family to a friends house and you all play Bible
Trivia. You have some real thought provoking conversations
among yourselves during the game and everyone is filled with
the Holy Spirit. Everyone learns a lot and the evening ends
with some good seeds planted for each and every person who
consider that Church?
For where two or three are gathered together in my
name, there am I in the midst of them.
BIBLICAL DOCTRINES AND CHURCH DOCTRINES PURPOSE
RIGHTEOUS CHURCH DOCTRINE BIBLE STUDYDo you have
to go to a certain type of building in order to have it
'count' as having been to Church? If your answer is yes, you
may want to remind yourself of what Paul said:
1 Corinthians 6:19
What? know ye not that your body is the Temple of the
Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and
ye are not your own?
SPEAKING ... YOU ARE THE CHURCH
like the Tabernacle ... You are portable!)
is said of the Church ...
Praising God, and having favour with all the
people. And the Lord added to the
daily such as should be
Can a building be saved?
Then tidings of these things came unto the
ears of the church
which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas,
that he should go as far as Antioch.
BIBLICAL DOCTRINES AND CHURCH DOCTRINES TRUTH
BEWARE CHURCH DOCTRINE BIBLE STUDY
Does a building have ears?
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but
prayer was made without
ceasing of the church
unto God for him.
Can a building pray?
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the
flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you
feed the church
of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
building itself partake of the Word of God?
The Church in these scriptures AGAIN ... Refers to a group
of people, NOT a building.
The SPIRIT within the PEOPLE gathered together is the
reveals this TRUTH yet again ...
And if he shall neglect to hear them,
tell it unto the church:
but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto
thee as an heathen man and a publican.
saying to tell it to a building? Or to the people that made
up the Church?
Again ... Paul said that your body is the Temple of the Holy
Spirit. The Church resides within you ... Because the Holy
Spirit resides within you and you can take your mobile
Tabernacle anywhere you wish and share the Word of God.
heard it said that some claim that any "On Line Ministry" is
NOT a Church ...
BIBLICAL DOCTRINES AND CHURCH DOCTRINES SUMMARY
CHURCH DOCTRINE BIBLE STUDY CONCLUSIONWell, what if the "On Line Ministry" reaches more souls for the Lord, than ANY physical Church ever could? Christianity Oasis has reached an average of 730,000 souls per year since 2007 though we have been in the creation process of the Christianity Oasis On Line Ministry community since 2001. I believe that I will let God determine the truth of this matter.
Now, make no mistake ... I am NOT against a physical Church. My shared words do NOT mean that if you are a member here or if you
spend time sojourning through this Christian community that you should quit going to your physical Church. Physical fellowship can be very important to many souls. But, it DOES mean that we should NOT limit Church to being just a building made of rock, wood, metal and glass that one attends once a week for an hour or so and CON-demn others who worship God in different ways and not at a physical Church.
is, whenever Christians unite in the name of Jesus to give
glory to God and to sacrifice by way of time Faith and Love
... That is Church.
For where two or three are gathered together in my
name, there am I in the midst of them.
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