The Doctrine of the Church (Part 1)
Christ is Lord of the Church and it is formed by the Spirit. As a community, we testify to what God has done in our lives through the ordinances, the proclamation of the word and the testimony of our lives. We worship God together, and Jews and Gentiles are united in one community, testifying to the preeminence of our identity in Christ.
V. The Doctrine of the church (Ecclesiology, PART 1)
1. Ecclesia: Called out ones, continuity of called out ones from before Abraham to the New Testament Church, but also discontinuity.
2. Ecclesia: Used as both the Church universal and the local church
B. The Universal Church
1. Elements of the nature of the universal Church
a. Christ is Lord of the Church
b. The company called out to be empowered by the Holy Spirit
c. Jews and Gentiles united in one body
d. Body held together by the New Covenant
e. A testifying community
f. A worshipping community
Definition: A unified fellowship of people from any ethnic, racial, social, national group who confess in common in witness and worship to having received newness of life in Christ, and who are empowered by the Spirit to proclaim Christ, to submit faithfully to Christ’s uncontested Lordship, and seek to grow increasingly into His likeness, to the glory and praise of God in Christ.