We Are THE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. When a person obeys the Gospel of Christ, the Lord adds them to the church of Christ (Acts 2:37-41; 47; cf. Romans 16:16).
1. The church of Christ is the body of Christ (Colossians 1:18).
2. The church is the body of saved people (Ephesians 5:23).
B. The church is distinctive from man-made denominations (I Corinthians 1:10-13), in that we are the only body of Christ (Matthew 16:13-18, Ephesians 4:4-6, and Colossians 3:15).
1. WE donŐt wear another name (Acts 4:10-12, I Corinthians 3:11, and I John 5:11-12).
2. WE do not follow another teaching or teacher (Luke 6:46, John 5:23, and II John 9).
3. WE do not allow doctrines of men to be taught or practiced (Galatians 1:6-12, Colossians 2:8, and Colossians 2:18-23).
C. As we proceed forward understand that we will not be talking about our individual works as Christians (James 1:21-27), but our collective work as the body of Christ.
II. Body: We are the church/body of Christ (Romans 12:5), so what does that mean we (COLLECTIVELY) should be doing to show such?
A. We should be sounding out the word of the Lord (I Thessalonians 1:7-8).
1. We provided opportunities within our assemblies for people to hear the word of God and see worship in truth and spirit (cf. I Corinthians 14:23).
a. A people who want preachers of truth not ear tickling men who please the hearers (II Timothy 4:1-5).
b. A people who will not err by tolerating error (Revelation 2:12-16).
2. This is also done collectively through the support of faithful Gospel preachers (I Corinthians 9:3-14 and Philippians 4:11-16).
B. We should be a body of self-edification (Ephesians 4:16).
1. A unified body as Jesus prayed for (John 17:20-23) through allegiance to His rules (Philippians 3:16).
2. Not a body of people focused on carnal things (Romans 8:4-8).
a. Not a people who assemble together as the church for food, fun, and entertainment (John 6:26-27, Romans 14:17, and Hebrews 13:9).
b. Rather, a people who understand that our edification is to come through spiritual means (Acts 20:32).
3. When we assemble together it should be an assembly of peace wherein we may comfort one another (I Thessalonians 5:11-13).
C. We should be willing and able to help needy brethren (I Corinthians 16:1-4).
1. This would include helping faithful, needy saints that are not local to us (Romans 15:25-27).
2. Helping needy saints has to be done with caution, in that there are clear restrictions in whom the church may not help (II Thessalonians 3:10 and I Timothy 5:3-16).
3. Helping needy saints also has to be done with an accounting process (II Corinthians 8:4; 8:16-24).
III. Conclusion: When you examine our works, can you say we are the body of Christ in more that just word (I Corinthians 12:27)?
© 2013 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager