The Church

{NEW PEOPLE OF GOD}
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{IDENTITY AND MISSION}
  1. Ekklesia - The Assembly - {PDF Copy} - (The use of the term “church” or ekkl├ęsia is derived from the “assembly of Yahweh” gathered for worship before the Tabernacle)
  2. The Priestly Kingdom - {PDF Copy} - (Disciples reign with Jesus by fulfilling their role as “priests” who render divine service to God and mediate His light to the world)
  3. Missionary People - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus commissioned his people to proclaim the good news of the kingdom “to the uttermost parts of the earth”)
  4. Jesus and Rome - {PDF Copy} - (The political order envisioned by Jesus is the “Kingdom of God,” and it bears little resemblance to the political systems of this age)
  5. The Church, the Sanctuary of God - {PDF Copy} - (The Apostle Paul consistently applies Temple language metaphorically to the church of Jesus Christ)
  6. The Mission of the Church - {PDF Copy} - (Matthew 24:14The Church is commissioned by Jesus to proclaim his gospel to ALL nations until the end of the age)
  7. Both Jew and Greek - {PDF Copy} - (The equality of Jew and Gentile before God is a key theme throughout the book of Romans – both stand or fall on the same basis)
  8. The Heir of the World - {PDF Copy} - (According to Romans, the land promise to Abraham encompassed the entire world, not just the land of Canaan – Romans 4:13)
  9. Coheirs and Brethren - {PDF Copy} - (The Apostle Paul links the bodily Resurrection of the saints with the New Creation. The promised redemption includes both)
  10. The Priestly Reign of the Saints - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 20:4-6 - The image of the saints reigning as a “kingdom of Priests” is linked to the vision of the “Son of Man” received by Daniel)
  11. Apocalyptic People - (The church is the battlefield where the final battle is being waged between the Lamb and the “Ancient Serpent,” Satan) - {PDF Copy}
  12. Redeemed of the Earth - (In Revelation, the redeemed people of God is composed of men and women from every nation purchased by the death of Jesus) - {PDF Copy}
  13. Kingdom of God or Christendom? - {PDF Copy} - (The Church and the Gospel of Jesus belong to no nation or culture of this present age)
  14. The Controversy at Galatia - An Overview - {PDF Copy} - (The key dispute at Galatia was whether Gentile converts must be circumcised and keep some, at least, of the required deeds of the Torah)
  15. Torah and Social Barriers - {PDF Copy} - (Galatians 3:26 - In Christ, no longer can there be Jew or Gentile; To live under the law means social divisions in the church)
  16. Neither Jew nor Greek - {PDF Copy} - (With the arrival of the "seed" of Abraham, Jesus Christ, the old divisions between Jew and Gentile are wholly inappropriate)
  17. The True Seed of Abraham - Faith, not D.N.A. - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the true "seed" of Abraham and heir of the covenant promises)
  18. The Key Sign of the End of the Age - {PDF Copy} - (Matthew 24:14 - The "End" will not come until the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to all nations)
  19. The Message and Hope of the Gospel - {PDF Copy} - (The Good News about what God has accomplished in Jesus Christ is for every man and woman wherever he or she may live)
{PERSECUTION AND SUFFERING}
  1. Afflicted Disciples - {PDF Copy} - (In this life, the disciple of Jesus will endure “tribulation” and persecution for his sake  1 Thessalonians 3:1-4)
  2. The Tribulation of the Church - {PDF Copy} - (In the book of Revelation, faithful saints experience “tribulation,” whereas, the unrepentant undergo “wrath”)
  3. Appointed to Tribulation - {PDF Copy} - (Disciples of Jesus escape “wrath” but endure “tribulation” - To which they have been “appointed)
  4. Christ-Like Response to Persecutors - {PDF Copy} - (How are disciples of Jesus to respond to hostility, accusations, and persecution?)
  5. Persecution, Suffering, and Discipleship - {PDF Copy} - (New Testament teachings about Christian reactions to persecution are contrary to the "wisdom" of this age)
  6. War Against the Saints - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 13:6-10 - The Beast from the sea makes war on the saints on behalf of the Dragon)
{TO FOLLOW THE LAMB}
  1. Kingdom Servants and Slaves - {PDF Copy} - (To be a citizen of the kingdom requires a life of self-sacrificial service for others, and not power over them  Mark 10:35-45)
  2. True Spirituality - {PDF Copy} - (The spiritually-minded man understands that "Christ Crucified" is the power and wisdom of God)
  3. The Paradigm of Calvary - {PDF Copy} - (Christ crucified” is the pattern for, and the test of, genuine discipleship. THAT is the Christ believers are called to emulate)
  4. A Sobering Conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount - {PDF Copy} - (Matthew 7:21-28Disciples who refuse to follow the teachings of Jesus may be excluded from the Kingdom)
  5. Drink My Cup - {PDF Copy} - (To follow Jesus means a life of self-denial and sacrificial service for others – Matthew 20:20-28)
  6. Whosoever will follow Me - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 8:27-38 - The Son of Man cannot be known apart from his suffering for others)
  7. Greatness in the Kingdom of God - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:35-45 - Jesus taught that to be a true member of the kingdom of God necessitates a life of self-sacrificial service to others, not power over them)
  8. Jesus Refused Political Power - {PDF Copy} - (He rejected Satan's offer of political power and chose, instead, the way of the Suffering Servant)
  9. Signs and Wonders or Christ Crucified? - {PDF Copy} - (Claims that the Church will reap a great harvest of souls through displays of mighty "signs and wonders" do not square with Scripture)
  10. Faithful and Unfaithful Disciples - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 9:41-50 Whatever anyone does to a disciple of Jesus, whether for good or evil, is the same as doing it to Jesus)
  11. Disciples and the State - {PDF Copy} - (Romans 13:1-8To rebel against even tyrannical governments is to resist God's "arrangement")
  12. Let this mind be in you - {PDF Copy} - (Paul summons believers to emulate the self-sacrificial obedience of Jesus in their service to one another)
  13. Perfect as the Heavenly Father - {PDF Copy} - (Mercy and love are the defining characteristics of the disciple of Jesus and the nature of God)
  14. Discipleship is service to the insignificant - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 9:33-37 - Despite the words of Jesus about suffering on behalf of others, the disciples continued to measure “greatness” by grandness, grandeur, and power over others)
  15. The Cost of Discipleship - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 6:7-30 - The execution of John the Baptist served as an example of the cost of discipleship)
{SCRIPTURE}
  1. The Language of the New Testament - {PDF Copy} - (Was the New Testament composed in Greek or Hebrew? All evidence points to the former as the original language)
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