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Transcript of Covenanting Together:
1) The Biblical
which describe a
of believers assume a
2) Along with the
of the metaphors, there are a
a concept of church
around a certain
is Savior and Lord
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation (koinonia) in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:2-5).
• When a person was
, they were “
” to the believer’s
“So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).
of believers became
known as “the
“But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison” (Acts 8:3).
“The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch” (Acts 11:22; cf. 11:26; 12:1, 5; 14:27; 15:3, 4).
• A special
appears to rest on believers when they are
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:20).
“In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus” (1 Corinthians 5:4).
• There is an
for all who believe.
“But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike” (Acts 8:12; 2:38; 9:18; 16:33; 18:8; 22:16).
“Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3)
• Christians are to live lives
from the love of the
and are warned against
associating w/ the world.
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world” (1 John 2:15-16).
“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?”
(2 Corinthians 6:14)
• There is a
in Scripture where believers’ lives were
around the church.
“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come. When I arrive, whomever you may approve, I will send them with letters to carry your gift to Jerusalem; and if it is fitting for me to go also, they will go with me” (1 Corinthians 16:1-4).
“Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedoia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints” (2 Corinthians 8:1-4).
are specifically designated to
“Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness” (1 Peter 5:2).
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).
believers are responsible to
for them, collectively
for the poor.
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17).
“The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17).
“You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; 16 for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:15-19).
“…recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. They only asked us to remember the poor—the very thing I also was eager to do” (Galatians 2:9-10).
• Believers were to
false teachers from their
“…Avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a factious man after a first and second warning” (Titus 3:9-10).
“Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds” (2 John 1:9-11).
• The act of church
indicates a recognized
“For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. ‘REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES’” (1 Corinthians 5:12-13).
“Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us” (1 John 2:18-19).
3) The above references
the first century
of church membership, as well as many of the
of a member.