THE CHURCH

{THE PEOPLE OF GOD}

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{IDENTITY AND MISSION}
  1. Ekklesia - Assembly - {PDF Copy} - (The use of the term “church” or ekkl├ęsia is derived from the “assembly of Yahweh” gathered before the Tabernacle)
  2. The Sanctuary of God - {PDF Copy} - (The Apostle Paul consistently applies Temple language to the church of Jesus Christ)
  3. The Sign - {PDF Copy} - (According to Jesus. the end will not come until this gospel of the kingdom of God is proclaimed to all nations)
  4. Priestly Reign of the Saints - {PDF Copy} - (In Revelation, the saints of the Lamb reign as a kingdom of priests in the thousand years after overcoming the Beast)
  5. Slave of HIS Kingdom - {PDF Copy} - (To be a citizen of the kingdom of God requires a life of self-sacrificial service for others, not power over them)
  6. Reigning with the Lamb - {PDF Copy} - (Disciples reign with Jesus as priests that render service in his Tabernacle and mediating his light in the world)
  7. To Whom Homage? - {PDF Copy} - (Satan offered Jesus unlimited political power to achieve his messianic mission if only he acknowledged him as his overlord)
  8. Spiritual Warfare - {PDF Copy} - (Christians wage spiritual “warfare” through right conduct and by emulating the example of Jesus)
  9. The Mission of the Church - {PDF Copy} - (The Church is commissioned by Jesus to proclaim his gospel to ALL nations until the end of the age)
  10. The Good News - {PDF Copy} - (The announcement of the good news of the kingdom of God is a message for ALL nations)
  11. 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)
  12. The Heir of the World - {PDF Copy} - (According to Romans, the land promised to Abraham encompassed the entire world, not just the land of Canaan)
  13. Seed of Abraham - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the true “seed” of Abraham, and receipt of the inheritance is based on faith in Him)
  14. Coheirs with Jesus - {PDF Copy} - (Paul links the bodily Resurrection of the saints with the New Creation)
  15. End-Time People - (The church is the battlefield where the final war is being waged between the Lamb and the Ancient Serpent) - {PDF Copy}
  16. 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}
  17. Kingdom or Christendom? - {PDF Copy} - (By the term ‘Christendom’ men invoke God to validate national institutions and pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ)
  18. Controversy at Galatia - {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)
  19. All are Heirs in Jesus - {PDF Copy} - (With the arrival of the seed of Abraham, the old divisions between Jew and Gentile are wholly inappropriate)
  20. The Message of the Gospel - {PDF Copy} - (The church is called to proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God in every inhabited corner of the earth)
  21. First Martyr Bears Witness - {PDF Copy} - (Under the guidance of the Spirit, Stephen gave eloquent and effective testimony to the leaders of Israel)
  22. Taking the Kingdom - {PDF Copy} - (Christ’s comment about violence taking the kingdom refers to violent men who attempt to seize the work of God)
  23. Transitory Powers - (Only God’s kingdom will prevail and endure. All other political powers are fleeting, already they are passing away) - {PDF Copy}

{DISCIPLESHIP}
  1. Leap for Joy - {PDF Copy} - (When disciples are persecuted for their faith, they are to rejoice for being accounted “worthy” to suffer for Jesus)
  2. Though He Slays Me - {PDF Copy} - (Like Job, the Christian's commitment to Jesus must be total regardless of what else happens)
  3. Embracing the Cross - {PDF Copy} - (To be the Messiah means suffering and death, and he summons his disciples to follow the same path)
  4. Path to the Kingdom - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus proclaimed a new political reality, the Kingdom of God, and it bore little resemblance to the political systems of this world)
  5. He Poured Himself Out - {PDF Copy} - (Christ’s submission to an unjust death is the paradigm for Christian love and service that disciples are summoned to emulate)
  6. Spiritual Warfare - {PDF Copy} - (Christians wage spiritual “warfare” through right conduct and by emulating the example of Jesus)
  7. Love Your Enemy - {PDF Copy} - (Mercy and love are the defining characteristics of his disciple and reflect the true nature of his Father)
  8. True Spirituality - {PDF Copy} - (The spiritually-minded man understands that "Christ Crucified" is the power and wisdom of God)
  9. The Way of the Cross - {PDF Copy} - (To follow Jesus means a life of self-denial and sacrificial service for others)
  10. Disciples and Persecution - {PDF Copy} - (When Christians react in kind to hostility, whether from government, society, or individuals, Satan triumphs)
  11. The Cost of Discipleship - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 6:7-30 - The execution of John the Baptist served as an example of what it means to follow Jesus and become his disciple)
  12. Suffering and Discipleship - {PDF Copy} - (To follow Jesus means self-denial and a willingness to suffer, and for disciples, persecution is the highest honor)
  13. Afflicted Disciples - {PDF Copy} - (In this life, the disciple of Jesus will endure “tribulation” and persecution for his sake)
  14. Christian Response to Persecutors - {PDF Copy} - (When Christians react in kind to hostility, whether from government, society, or individuals, Satan triumphs)
  15. Slave of HIS Kingdom - {PDF Copy} - (To be a citizen of the kingdom of God requires a life of self-sacrificial service for others, not power over them)
  16. The paradigm of the Cross - {PDF Copy} - (Christ crucified is the pattern disciple of Jesus are summoned to emulate, and the test of genuine faith in him)
  17. Prudent or Foolish? - {PDF Copy} - (At the conclusion of his sermon delivered on the mount, Jesus vested his words with ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY)
  18. True Greatness - {PDF Copy} - (His disciples are summoned to lives of self-sacrificial service to others, just as Jesus gave his life as the ransom price for many)
  19. Jesus Refused Political Power - {PDF Copy} - (He rejected Satan's offer of political power and chose, instead, the way of the Suffering Servant)
  20. 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)
  21. 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)
  22. Paul on the State - {PDF Copy} - (Paul instructs believers in the center of the Empire not to resist the government - its existence has been arranged by God)
  23. Sanctified Holy - {PDF Copy} - (Considering the future arrival of Jesus, Paul summons the church to become sanctified completely by that day)
  24. Blameless in Holiness - {PDF Copy} - (Paul prays for the Thessalonians to be found holy and blameless on the day when Jesus arrives in glory)
  25. Do Not Drift Away - {PDF Copy} - (A dire warning of the consequences for failing to hear and obey the superior word found in the Son)
  26. Destined for Suffering - {PDF Copy} - (Disciples escape God’s wrath, but they endure tribulation to which they have been appointed)

{SCRIPTURE}
  1. The Language of the New Testament - {PDF Copy} - (Was the New Testament originally composed in Greek, Aramaic, or Hebrew? Overwhelmingly, the evidence points to the first option)
  2. Prudent or Foolish? - {PDF Copy} - (At the conclusion of his sermon delivered on the mount, Jesus vested his words with ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY)
  3. Standing Fast - {PDF Copy} - (Believers prepare for the apostasy and the man of lawlessness by standing firm in the Apostolic traditions)
  4. Hidden Mysteries Unveiled - {PDF Copy} - (All God's mysteries are revealed in Jesus Christ, especially in his death and resurrection)
  5. Literal and Nonliteral Language - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation informs the reader from the very first verse of the book that it communicates symbolically)

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