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The Theology of Jesus: Part 9 Ecclesiology

03 Oct

We are making serious progress in our thinking about the theology of the Lord Jesus.  Granted, He never left us a systematic theology textbook, but that’s okay.  Most of them are boring and tough to read.

Typically, systematic theology (which organizes the data of Scripture on a logical basis) covers ten areas.  We are now in our ninth area — the doctrine of the church.  What did the Lord Jesus teach about the church?

Two primary texts from the Lord Jesus teach about the church.  Let’s notice what He says:

Much of what we know about the New Testament church is left to the Holy Spirit’s guiding the Apostles into all truth.  We learn of offices in the church (Titus 1, I Timothy 3), the ordinances (I Corinthians 11), and spiritual gifts (Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, I Peter 4).

The Lord knew that the first-century church, filled with imperfect disciples, would have the problems we later find in the book of I Corinthians.  He knew that the tendency for Jewish converts to go back to Judaism would be real (as we see in the book of Galatians).  But He is still building His church!

Christians sometimes say, “I wish we were more like the First-Century Church!”  Make a list of some of the characteristics (both positive and negative) of the early church from Acts 2 and I Corinthians.  (to be continued)

 

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2018 in the theology of Jesus

 

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3 responses to “The Theology of Jesus: Part 9 Ecclesiology

  1. wakemyear

    October 3, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    With all the false teaching and worldliness within the Church today, JESUS words in the last clause in Matthew 16:18 is so beautiful and reassuring. “…and the gates of hades will not overcome it.”

     
  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    October 4, 2018 at 7:46 am

    I could not agree more. Blessings. Larry

     

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