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JUST AS CHRIST HAS ONLY ONE BODY, THERE IS ONLY ONE CHURCH
THIS "UNIVERSAL" CHURCH IS MADE UP OF ALL BELIEVERS
Romans 12:4 Romans 7:4 Romans 12:5 1Corinthians 10:16 1Corinthians 12:27
The word "catholic" means "universal"
The Universal Church
Matthew 16:18 Acts 5:11 Acts 8:3 Acts 9:31 Acts
20:28 1Corinthians 5:12 1Corinthians 10:32 1Corinthians 11:22 1Corinthians 12:28
1Corinthians 14:4 1Corinthians 14:5 1Corinthians 14:12 1Corinthians 14:19
1Corinthians 14:23 1Corinthians 14:26 1Corinthians 14:28 1Corinthians 14:35
1Corinthians 15:9 Galatians 1:13
Ephesians 1:22 Ephesians 3:10
Ephesians 3:21 Ephesians 5:23 Ephesians 5:24 Ephesians 5:25 Ephesians 5:27
Ephesians 5:29 Ephesians 5:32 Philippians 3:6 Colossians 1:18 Colossians 1:24
1Timothy 3:5 1Timothy 3:15 Hebrews 12:23 3John
The Local Church
EXAMPLES OF LOCAL CHURCHES
Matthew 18:17 Acts 8:1 Acts 11:22
Acts 11:26 Acts 13:1 Acts 14:23 Acts 14:27
Acts 15:3 Acts 15:4 Acts 15:22 Acts 15:30 Acts 18:22 Acts 20:17 Romans 16:1
Romans 16:23 1Corinthians 1:2
1Corinthians 4:17 1Corinthians 6:4
1Corinthians 11:18 1Corinthians 16:19 2Corinthians 1:1
Philippians 4:15 Colossians 4:15 Colossians 4:16 1Thessalonians 1:1
2Thessalonians 1:1 1Timothy 5:16 1Timothy 5:17
Philemon 1:2 James 5:14 3John 1:6 3John 1:9
Revelation 2:1 Revelation 2:8 Revelation 2:12 Revelation
2:18 Revelation 3:1 Revelation 3:7 Revelation 3:14
The Local Church is the practical expression of the body of
Christ. In the early Church, there were no denominations. There was
only one Church in each Locality. In other words: one city, one Church.
basis for coming together in the early Church was locality. Christians
tended to meet with other Christians in the same locality.
we see from the seven Churches in Revelation, each church was different.
Each church had it's own Spirit. The Spirit of a church is an expression
of the Spirit of God. There were seven Churches and so there were seven
Spirits of God which were sent out into all the earth.
locality is not the only basis by which Christians come together.
Christians with similar beliefs and even racial origins tend to congregate
together and form denominations. Nevertheless, each of these
congregations are a manifestation of God and have a unique Spirit.
Bible says that there is no longer Jew nor Greek, male nor female for we are
all one in Christ Jesus.
Christians need to meet together in
order to expand their view of God. If we only meet with people who are
like minded, we may not grow as much. We come to know the depth and
breadth, height and width of God's love by fellowshipping with all the saints.
LOCAL CHURCHES CAN DIFFER FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER
NOW DAYS, ONE PLACE MAY HAVE SEVERAL DENOMINATIONS
YET THEY ARE ALL PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST
ONE HAS A DIFFERENT FUNCTION
THEY HAVE THEIR OWN IDENTITY AND THEIR OWN SPIRIT
EACH CHURCH IS A UNIQUE EXPRESSION OF GOD ON THE EARTH
THE SPIRIT OF A CHURCH IS AN EXPRESSION OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD
TRUTH AND DOCTRINE SHOULD NOT DIFFER FROM CHURCH TO CHURCH
BUT CHURCHES CAN DIFFER IN THEIR CALLING, EMPHASIS, STYLE
OF WORSHIP, TYPES OF SERVICE, FORMALITY
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE
FOR A SINGLE CHURCH TO MANIFEST EVERY ASPECT OF GOD FULLY AS GOD IS TOO BIG
JUST AS THERE ARE SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD AND SEVEN CHURCHES
THERE ARE MANY SPIRITS OF GOD THAT HAVE BEEN SENT OUT INTO THE WORLD
THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE THE SAME
THE SEVEN CHURCHES
Revelation 1:4 Revelation 1:11 Revelation
THE SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD
Revelation 3:1 Revelation 4:5 Revelation 5:6
The seven spirits of God are the seven churches
These seven churches are parts of the body of Christ yet they are unique
They may exemplify the fingers and eyes of God Spreading out into the Earth
but they also help us to understand where "denominations" fit in to
Just as there will be Overcomers in each of the Seven Churches, there will
be Overcomers in each denomination
No denomination can claim that they exclusively are 'The Body of
Each Church or Denomination is a part
of the Body of Christ and the world will know it by the way that that part
treats the other parts.
THE SPIRIT OF GOD
Genesis 1:2 Genesis 41:38 Exodus 31:3
Exodus 35:31 Numbers 24:2
1Samuel 10:10 1Samuel 11:6 1Samuel 19:20 1Samuel 19:23
2Chronicles 24:20 Job 33:4
Psa 106:33 Ezek 11:24 Matthew 3:16 Matthew 12:28
Romans 8:9 Romans 8:14 1Corinthians 2:11 1Corinthians 2:14
1Corinthians 7:40 1Corinthians 12:3 Ephesians 4:30 Philippians 3:3 1 John 4:2