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									Basic Christianity
Presentation Five

What is the church?

Going to church or being the church

Traditional Model                       New Testament Model
 “Church” is a building                 Church (ekklesia) is a people

   Member of a church like                    “Members of one another”
    membership in the health club               (Romans 12:15)

                                               Spirituality is interdependent
                                                (I Corinthians 12:14—21)

Minister/priest or ministry of all believers

Traditional Model                       New Testament Model
 “Minister” is a religious              Everyone is gifted to serve
    professional with special status      (I Corinthians 12: 4--7)
    in the church
                                               Hundreds of pastors, not one

                                               Goal: Equipping, encouraging
                                                and providing opportunity to
                                                serve (Ephesians 4:11—12)

Event oriented or mission oriented

Traditional Model                       New Testament Model
 Church is a “service” you attend       Church as a unique purpose in
                                          the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew

                                               Christian fellowship is a new
                                                community of God’s people in
                                                the world

What about the Devil?
What do you think?

Who is Satan?
   Ezekiel 28.

   What’s he trying to do?

   The battle lines are drawn.

          1 John 5:19, “The whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” Satan
           is also referred to as “the god of this age,” “prince of darkness,” “ruler
           of this world.”

          Note Christ’s interaction with the devil in Luke 4:6. Jesus does not
           challenge the devil’s contention.

          Satan’s hold is not absolute.

          Spiritual battle centers on who will rule: God or Satan.

          We have the promise that God will put an end to the destructive
           usurpation of the evil one.

   Spiritual warfare

          Overt Satanic attack.

   Covert Satanic attack.

           Seduction by the “kosmos” or world system

                 1 John 2:15-17.
                      Lust of the flesh

                        Lust of the eyes

                        Boastful pride of life

Our response:
          Are we able to do without?

          What do you think of the idea that the relative impotence of the
           American church is tied to it’s affluence?

   Temptation/Accusation.

          Character weaknesses. James 1:13-15.

          Natural desires. Matthew 4:2,3.

Our response:
          2 Corinthians 7:9,10. Repentance is key. This means to
           “change our minds.”

          Luke 4. Jesus always rebutted temptation with God’s word.

          Ephesians 6:18,19. Prayer is a key.

   Deception. Our minds are a key battle ground. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

   The solution to deception is to learn the word. That’s really the only
    objective gauge of truth we have.


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