The NATURE OF THE CHURCH

DIVINE ORIGIN

God has revealed Himself in many ways and many times throughout the centuries.

  • God revealed Himself through Abraham

  • The nation of Israel was an instrument of God’s revelation.

  • God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to proclaim the message of salvation. (John 14:6)

  • Christ entrusted His Church to redeemed persons to forward God’s Plan on earth.  (Matthew 16:18)

DIVINE LEADERSHIP 

  • As the head of the Church, Christ provides continuing leadership.  The Church is His Body.

  • Christ purchased the Church with His own blood (Acts 20:28)

  • Christ, as leader of the Church, has all power (authority).  (Matthew 28:18).

     

                

DIVINE PURPOSE
Christ established the Church to carry out His divine purpose.  Believers are to gather or assemble for the following reasons:

  • To spiritual fellowship

  • For encouragement

  • For training

  • To worship God

  • To proclaim Christ’s message of redemption. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Members of the Church are to carry out their purpose in a spirit of love.
…..”By this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you     have love For one another.”  (John 13:34-35)