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Port Hueneme church of Christ


The Local Church

I Corinthians 1:1-8

by Mason French


  • Introduction
    • 1. The Universal Church
    • 2. The Local Church
    • 3. Both made up of individual members
  • I. THE LOCAL CHURCH
    • A. The Essence of a Local Church
      • 1. Partnership, a sharing relationship (Acts 15:22; Romans 16:1; Colossians 4:12; Acts 9:26)
      • 2. God decides its work: scope, nature, etc.
      • 3. Determination based upon Word of God
      • 4. Teamwork requires decisions in judgment be made
    • B. Leaders Selected (I Timothy 3; Titus 1)
      • 1. Common minds working as one
      • 2. Leaders limited in oversight (I Peter 5:2-3; Acts 14:23)
    • C. Local Church Supportive by Nature
      • 1. Helping each other grow
      • 2. Support servants
      • 3. Some we send to work on our behalf (Colossians 1:7; Philippians 4:15-17)
    • D. Team Working by Means of Medium of Exchange - Money
      • 1. I Corinthians 16:1-3; Philippians 4:15-17
      • 2. Church treasury is group's pooled funds
      • 3. Cannot contribute to what is opposed to conscience (Romans 14:22-23)
      • 4. Each congregation has own funds and responsible (I Corinthians 16:3)
  • II. TWO MAIN DISTINCTIONS
    • A. Universal Church relationship with God
    • B. Local relationship with each other
  • Conclusion
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