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The New Testament Church

By Johnny Elmore

The Establishment of the Church

The Mission of the Church

The Unity of the Church

The Identity of the Church

The Work of the Church

The Worship of the Church

Christ and the Church

What Membership in the Church Means

Christ and the Church

The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:23-32, “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love …

The Establishment of the Church

This is the first in a series of studies concerning that institution for which Christ died and bought with his own precious blood, and which was filled with his Spirit. I refer to the institution that we designate the church. It is my firm belief that it is possible for men and women today to …

The Identity of the Church

In this series of lessons, we have studied about the establishment of the church, the mission of the church, and the unity of the church. In this lesson, I want to consider the identity of the church. Now when I say “identity of the church,” there are a number of things implied. I imply, first …

The Mission of the Church

What is the mission of the church? What is its reason or purpose for being in the world? Just as the church had a divine beginning, even so it has a divine mission. The mission of the church is altogether spiritual. First, I want to state what the mission of the church is not.
What Its …

The Unity of the Church

I have been discussing the church which Jesus promised to build in Matthew 16: 18. We have studied the establishment of the church and the mission of the church. And concerning the church, I am aware that there is a philosophy that states that a man does not have to become a member of the …

The Work of the Church

Jesus said in Mark 13:34, “For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.” From this statement of Jesus, we learn that the Son of man (Jesus) has taken …

The Worship of the Church

All over the land and country, churches will come together to worship. Will all of it be right? Will God accept the worship of every individual, and will it meet with his approval? Can we know what it takes to constitute acceptable worship? What does it mean to worship? And what is the worship of …

What Membership in the Church Means

For the past few weeks, I have been speaking about the church that Jesus promised to build. Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” From time to time, I have shown that the church which Jesus promised to build was established on the first Pentecost day after Jesus’ resurrection, …