THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
What is the Church?
it a denomination? Is it a church building? Is it a
word "Church" comes from a Greek word "Ekklesia".
is mentioned one hundred and twelve times in the New
or group of people who are called out and separated
refers to these called out ones as Gods children:
come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith
the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will
will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
are Christians who are called out from a sinful world
and are separated by God unto Himself as His sons and
are called the Church and came together to worship God
greet the church that is in their house >."
were many such Churches.
had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee
and Samaria, and were edified;"
are ten aspects of the Church that we need to consider:
is the bought possession of our Lord Jesus Christ.
belongs to Him only and He refers to it as His possession.
I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon
this rock I will build my church;"
know that Jesus rightfully possesses the Church, because
He bought it for a great price, namely His own precious
ye are bought with a price:"
thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy
blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people,
refers to this transaction of Himself buying this valuable
possession in a parable.
when he had found one pearl of great price, went and
sold all that he had, and bought it."
the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a
field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and
for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath,
and buyeth that field."
was His great love for the church that motivated Jesus
to pay this great price for the Church.
as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for
2. The Church is valuable:
individual memberis worth more than all the riches of this world.
what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?"
is the cumulative value of the Saints in the church
throughout the ages?
the Church there have been many priceless gems:
like Peter, Paul and John.
like Barnabas and Agabas.
Fathers like Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Origen, Jerome
and Augustine who contended for the faith after the
passing of the Apostles.
Scholars like John Wycliffe and Erastus who translated
the Bible into the everyday language of the people.
like Martin Luther, Zwingly, John Calvin and John Knox.
like John Wesley, George Whitefield, D.L.Moody, and
day Servants of God like John G Lake, William Branham
and Billy Graham.
like Watchman Nee.
of Love like Mother Teresa, helping and feeding millions
of destitute people.
the Church is the most prized possession in the Universe.
3. It is a privilege to be a part of the
Church, for three reasons:
We have been allowed the privilege of entrance.
into the Church is exclusive, through Jesus Christ alone.
am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be
other religious and man-made ways of entrance into the
Church are false, misleading and ineffective.
that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but
climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and
is an esteemed privilege to obtain entrance into the
Church and is by invitation only.
have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained
is only when the Lord Jesus knocks at our hearts door
that we can be saved.
I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice,
and open the door, I will come in to him."
Within the Church, we enjoy protection and many other
knows us individually and we know Him.
loves and protects us to the extent that He was willing
to lay down His life for us.
am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known
the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and
I lay down my life for the sheep."
The Church is an eternal experience.
Church of Jesus Christ will never cease and in eternity
all Christians will come to participate in the General
Assembly of the Church in Heaven.
ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the
living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable
company of angels,
the general assembly and church of the firstborn,
which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of
all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. And
to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant."
this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no
man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and
people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before
the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their
4. The Church is Gods dwelling place.
the Old Testament God commanded Moses to build a Tabernacle.
It became Gods dwelling place where He manifested His
presence in the Holy of Holies.
built a magnificent Temple where God dwelt and manifest
His glorious presence.
the New Testament God has chosen another building to
we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry,
ye are God's building."
Church Building is made up of Christians that are a
Holy Temple of God.
also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house."
are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In
whom all the building fitly framed together groweth
unto a holy temple in the Lord:
whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of
God through the Spirit."
are precisely, perfectly built upon the foundation of
the Apostles and Prophets of which Jesus Christ is the
Chief Corner Stone.
Church is a dwelling place of God where He manifests
His glorious presence.
5. The Church is the Body of Christ.
Church is the Body of Christ made up of many members
and Jesus is the Head of the Church.
hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to
be the head over all things to the church.
is his body."
as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour
of the body."
Body is made up of many members,
as the body is one, and hath many members."
by one, these millions of members have been baptized
into this Body over the last two thousand years.
by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether
we be Jews or Gentiles."
6. Every member is of significant importance.
ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."
member has been specifically and uniquely placed within
God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily
prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then
gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of
has called every member, for a specific purpose.
that love God, to them who are the called according
to his purpose."
member of the body fulfills their own unique function
and each desperately needs the other.
the foot shall say, because I am not the hand, I am
not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?"
the members of the Body are joined > and banded
not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints
and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together."
hands that are joined to the arms and arms to the shoulders,
so we as the church are joined and need each other.
7. The nine Ministries keep the Church together.
are the mortar between the bricks.
has joined the bricks of this Building together with
mortar is good mortar, which is good Ministry.
God hath tempered the body together."
in any normal body, we the members help, protect and
nourish each other. The Blood of Jesus flows through
the entire Church body to purify, feed, bring life to
it and destroy the enemy coming against it.
8. The two bonds that bind the members together
is the peace and love of God.
to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
above all these things put on love, which is the bond
9. God sanctifies the Church and adorns her
with His glory.
he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of
water by the word."
he might present it to himself a glorious church, not
having spot, or wrinkle."
10. The Church is not an organization.
is a living organism to fulfill a Divine mission to
recreate, purify, beautify and glorify men and woman.
does the church do and experience?
of the Church gather together in an Assembly to worship
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the
manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so
much the more."
has placed His name over the Assembly of the Saints
in the same way that God placed His Name over the Tabernacle
and Temple in the Old Testament.
gather together in an Assembly to praise and worship
God. They share testimonies of the goodness of the Lord.
They listen to the reading and preaching of the Word
experience the fruits, gifts and ministries of the Holy
where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them."
the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name
is why it is so important for Christians to gather together
in the Church under the covering of the Name of Jesus.
Jesus manifests His presence where they gather together.
is in its midst of the seven Golden Candlesticks.
in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto
the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot,
and girt about the paps with a golden girdle."
together with the Saints offer oblations of worship
I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst
of the church will I sing praise unto thee."
of the Church experience the following:
Men and women are saved and baptized.
They learn and practice the Doctrines of the Apostles.
They have Fellowship with each other.
They enjoy the Lords Supper together.
They gather together to Pray.
They give God their tithes and offerings.
They praise and worship God.
The Church membership is multiplied.
they that gladly received his word were baptized: and
the same day there were added unto them about three
they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine
and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs
were done by the apostles.
all that believed were together, and had all things
sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to
all men, as every man had need.
they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple,
and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their
meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
God, and having favor with all the people.
Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."
the Church is made up of countless billions of Saints.
It is a Universal Church > of many
local assemblies throughout the world.
It also consists of those who have >passed on to be
with the Lord.
are described as our cloud of witnesses.
seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud
of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the
sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with
patience the race that is set before us."
members we have the responsibility to complete the work
of the Church on earth. Those in Heaven are spectators
that watch and cheer us on as we do the work.
us heed the words of Jude.
"That ye should earnestly contend for
the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."