The Organization Of The Church

(Eph. 1:19-23)

 

1. The Lord only organized one church as was His plan all along.

   * Eph. 3:10-11

   * Christ’s coming prophesied hundreds of years before His coming (Isa. 2, Dan. 2, Micah 4)

   * John the Baptizer (Mt. 3:2).

 

   * Churches of Christ reproductions of one we find in Acts 2.

 

   * Church organized by God, not men.

 

   *Denominationalism Satan’s best tool!

 

2. Where’s the church’s “home office?”

   * Heaven - Phil. 3:20, Eph. 1:22-23.

 

3. Elders oversee local congregations (Acts 14:23).

   * These men are also called: bishops (or episkopos - I Timothy 3:1-2), pastors (or poimen – Ephesians 4:11), overseers

       (also episkopos – Acts 20:28), and presbyters (from presbuteros – I Timothy 4:14).

   * Qualifications – I Tim. 3:1-8; Titus 1:5-9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Deacons perform physical tasks for the church (Acts 6:3).

   * Qualifications – I Tim. 3:8-13. VERY FEW QUALIFICATIONS FOR ELDERS AND DEACONS THAT DON’T

      APPLY TO ALL CHRISTIANS!

 

 

 

   * Must first be proved, then appointed as deacon.

 

 

 

5. Evangelists preach & teach (II Tim. 4:2).

   * Must study and preach (I Tim. 4:13).

 

   * I Tim. 4:6 – Good preacher must know the truth, follow the truth, and teach the truth.

 

 

6. Members also have duties (I Cor. 12).

   * All can do something! If we can’t preach, teach, lead prayer or songs, we can make calls, send letters, etc. We all can

      pray (Jas. 5:16).

   * We need more Isaiah’s in the church! “Here am I, send me!” (Isa. 6:8).

 

 

7. Terms of entrance:

   * Hear the Word (Rom. 10:17), Believe it (Acts 8:37), Repent (Luke 13:3), Confess (Rom. 10:10), Be baptized (Rom.

      6:3-4), remain faithful (Rev. 2:10).

 

                                                                                                                        R.W. McAlister 10/28/08 p.m.