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Sermon notes from April 26, 2020 "The nature of the church"

The church is a group of people, saved people

The church is not a building it is a group of people

Setting the context

Matthew 16:13-14 "Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, 'Who do people say that the Son of Man is?' And they said, 'Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.'" (ESV)

What is the nature of the church

Matthew 16:18 "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (ESV)

1st nature of the church

The church is Christ built

When Christ builds something it is solid

The church is a place of security emotionally and physically

The church is everlasting

The church exist on earth and in heaven

2nd nature of the church

Christ built and owned or in other words Jesus built and owns the church

Jesus said the church I am going to build it is going to be My church

The church does NOT belong to any man on this earth

If it ain't Jesus Christ's church there is a problem The church is owned by Jesus and built by Jesus

He is the builder and the owner of the church

He has the authority

3rd nature of the church

The church is singular in nature

There is only ONE church

Jesus did NOT say there were different types of church's

He ONLY has ONE church

Did Jesus die for multiple different church's? NO he died for his church

Either you are saved or you aren't

Universally there is only one church

The Lord died for ONE church

The body of Christ is the church

Ephesians 4:4-6 "There is one body and one spirit-just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your-one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (ESV)

One body, one spirit, one church

4th nature of the church

The church is Christ built, Christ owned, singular in nature, and undefeated

We are undefeatable

The nature of the new testament church is very simple but very powerful

1 Corinthians 12:13 "For in one spirit we were all baptized into one body- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-and all were made to drink of one Spirit." (ESV)

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Speaker: John Barker

Notes by: Elysia and Aerial Norman

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