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The Church as the Body of Christ (Part 2)

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Lesson

It’s not possible to for people to be holy without the Holy Spirit. The Church should live in an attitude of humility and be open to repentance and reform when there is sin and evil discovered. There institutional church should have disciplinary mechanisms to deal with sin and evil. Ecclesiastical synonyms for catholic are universal, global, ecumenical and extensive. The apostolic testimony is passed down through the centuries. Apostolic succession divides the Church because of the view of the sacraments, especially the Lord’s Supper. The creeds in the reformation era articulated Protestant theology. The church is where the pure Word of God is preached and the sacraments are duly administered. Methodism is a reforming movement with the theme of real Christianity vs. people who lived by displaying the form of Christianity but lacked the power. Methodist bands and select societies were modeled after Moravian small groups. The soul and the body make a man, the spirit and discipline make a Christian. The general rules of the United Societies were agree to avoid evil, do good to your neighbor and employ the means of grace. The goal was to foster a spirit of repentance. They emphasized Scriptural Christianity. Wesley’s purpose was that Methodism become a reforming order within the church, not a separate denomination.

Outline

IV. MARKS OF THE CHURCH [CONT FROM PREVIOUS LECTURE]

2. Conversation with Jesus and Nicodemus about the Holy Spirit

3. The Church is holy but not utterly so

C. The Church is catholic

D. The Church is Apostolic

1. Apostolic succession is a myth

2. Apostolic succession divides the Church

E. Reformation definition of the Church

F. Methodism as the reform of the Church

1. Real Christianity vs. nominal Christianity

2. Moravian model of small, disciplined groups

3. United Society

4. Open to all people, not just Anglicans