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  • THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
    THE PROMISE OF THE CHURCH FROM THE ORIGINAL PLAN OF GOD
    Right from the falling of mankind in the Garden of Eden, God has plan a better way of saving mankind in which he established his covenant with mankind in the book of GENESIS
    God as promise the whole world through the seed of Abraham (Gen 18;18, 22;18 which was from the lineage of David wich is from the tribe of JUDAH (2sam 2;4, Heb 8;8) down to our lord Jesus Christ. Heb 7; 14, Rev 5; 5
    THE PROPHECY OF THE CHURCH BY THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS
    There are prophecies about the New Testament church that will be established by the prophet of God in the Old Testament
    A kingdom will be set up on top of the mountain Dan 2; 44,
    A mountain of the lords house shall be established Isah.2;2-3
    God will make a new covenant with the houses of Israel (we are spiritual Israelite) Jer 31;31
    Messiah to be born of virgin Isah.7;14 (the fulfillment matt 1;23)
    We shall be taking to Zion from the wilderness Jer 3;14 (Heb 12;22,28
    We shall be giving a shepherds to feed his people with his word Jer 3;15(Ipet 5;1-4
    There will no more physical ark of covenant Jer 3;16 (Heb 7;22, 9;11-15,24
    Jerusalem will be call the trone of the lord Jer 3;17 (the church started at Jerusalem and many nation were there( Act 2, Gal 4;24-31,Eph 1;20-23
    All nation will gathered into it not only the Israelite alone Jer 3;17 (Mark 16;15-16

    JESUS CHRIST PROMISE OF BUILDING HIS CHURCH
    Jesus Christ promise to build his church matt 16;18, and he also promise to destroyed the temple and rebuild the temple back within three (3) Matt 26;61 days which come to fulfillment when he dead, buried and resurrected on the third day. And people were converted in large population in the day of Pentecost

    CHURCH HISTORY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ERA
    The event recorded in the New Testament took place in the real world of the Roman empire of the first century of this era. Just as the event of any given day of life have meaning only in relation to certain Cites, political institution, and person, likewise the history of the New Testament church is related to some Cites, Political governors
    DATE
    PERSONALITY
    EVENT
    REFFRENCE

    30BC-AD14
    Augustus
    The birth of Jesus Christ
    Luk 2:1 matt 1;23

    AD 14-37
    Tiberius
    AD 26 John ministry
    AD 27 Jesus ministry
    AD 30 Jesus Death
    AD 30 Church establishment in Jerusalem
    AD 30 church at Samaria
    AD 32 Stephen martyred
    AD 34 Paul conversion

    Luk 3:1
    Matt 27,28
    Act 1;1-8,3
    Act 8;5
    Act 8:59
    Act 9

    AD37-41
    Caligula
    Cornelius conversion
    Act 10

    AD 41-54
    Claudius
    Church at Antioh
    Church at Judaea
    Church at other part of the world
    Church at Galatia
    Act 11;27,13;1
    Act 11;2
    Act 11;19-28,31
    Act 11;27-30
    Herod
    James was killed, Peter was imprisoned
    Church at Philippi
    Church at Thessalonica
    Act 12
    Act 16;12
    Act 16;11-40,17;1-4

    Church at Rome
    Act 18;2

    Church at Athen
    Church at Corinth
    Church at Ephesus
    Church at Colossae
    Act 18:1
    Act 18;1
    Act 19;1
    Act 19;10

    AD 54-68
    Nero
    Paul trial at Rome
    Act 25:10, 28;19
    Galab, Otho, Vitelluus,

    AD 69-79
    Vespasian
    Jerusalem was destroyed
    AD 81-96
    Titus
    Domitian

    The early Christian persecutions

    Later in the third (3rd) century some set of people stood up and start acting as a court of appeal for the problem between the romans officials and the people (CHRISTIANS) and they called them self the ROMAN CATHOLIC
    THE HEAD/ HEADQUARTER OF THE CHURCH
    Christ is the head of his body the CHURCH, as he called it his church Matt.16;18, Eph 1;22-23, Col 1;18
    Where the head or owners is that is where the headquarter will be, and Christ is in the right hand of god matt 26; 64, mrk 14; 62 (mark 16; 19 ipet 3;22, rom 8;34)
    Our headquarter is not here on earth but it is in heaven phl.3;20
    THE CHURCH AND HER DESCRIPTIONS
    In any organization set up by individual such body will be named after the owners names (CHURCH OF CHRIST) meanwhile at the same time we will be getting it wrong if we belief that the church is given only one name. There are other names of the church in the New Testament such as
    1. My (Christ) church Matt16;18
    2. Church of God 1Cor 1;2
    3. The kingdom Heb 12;28
    4. The flock 1Pet 5;3
    5. Church of the Lord Act.20;28
    6. God’s building 1Cor 3;9
    7. Church of Christ Rom 16;16
    8. Church of living God
    9. Pillar and ground of the truth Itim 3;15
    THE LOCALITY AND AUTHORITYOF THE CHURCH
    The New Testament church spread from one locality to another locality and each local congregation is governing within his authority. And each church is addressed and identify with their personality and challenges
    The seven church in Asia Rev.2;1,8,12,18, 3;1,7, the in Corinth 1cor 1;2, the church at Galatia Gal 1;2, the at Ephesus Eph1;1, the church at Philippi phl 1;1
    THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE CHURCH
    There are ways of becoming a member of the church; these are the example and authority from the head of the church
    Hear the gospel Rom 10;17, Act 8;5-6, 12-13, mark 16;15, joh 6;44-45
    Believed the word Joh 8;24, Heb 11;1,6, 1cor 15;1-4, rom 1;16
    Repent of your sin Luk 13;3,5, Act 17;30 luk 24;47, Act 2;38, 3;19,17;30,33
    Confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal savior Matt 10;32-33,16;16 Rom 10;9-10,
    Act 8;37 1tim 6;12
    Be baptized in water (immersion) Mak 16;16, 1cor 12;13
    Note that baptism under the New Testament church stands for the following
    Immersion (burial in water) rom 6;4-5, col 2;12, Act 8;36-38
    It is for remission of sin matt 26;28, Act 2;38
    It is in the name of the FATHER SON AND HOLY SPIRIT matt 28;19

    NAMES OF THE MEMBER
    There are various names the bible called the members of the New Testament church
    The disciples were first called Christian at Antioch Act 11;26
    The saint Col 1;2, Phi 4;21-22 1Cor 16;1
    The brethren 3joh.5
    Priest 1Pet.2;5
    NOTE that nobody was giving title of a REVEREND Psalm 111; 9, and there is no RELIGIOUS FATHER Matt 23;9
    ORGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH
    There are various offices in the church not title or post as the people in the world use to claimed for the edification of the saint Eph 4;12
    1. The ELDERS they are also referred to as the PASTOR, BISHOP, OVERSEA, RULLERS and the SHEPHERD 1Tim 3-ff, Act 20;28, Eph 4;11, Act 14;23, Heb 13;17, 1Pet 5;2-4
    2. The DEACONS 1Tim 3;8-13, Act 6;1-6
    3. The PREACHER is also refer to as the EVANGELIST and MINSTER 1Tim 2;7, 2Tim 1;11 2Tim 4;5
    4. The TEACHERS Eph 4;12, Col 4;17 Rom.10;14
    WORSHIP OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
    Worship from the definition of advance learner dictionary means the act of showing respect for God or gods especially by singing, praying and other things with other people in the church
    TYPES OF WORSHIP
    VAIN WORSHIP
    These is types of worship that people zealously practices in the name of god but all their effort are in vain, for they teach the doctrine and tradition of men Matt 15;2-9, they add and subtract from the word of God Rev 22;18;19
    IGNORANT WORSHIP
    This type of worship are without knowledge and understanding of the word of God Rom 10;2-3, Act 17;23-31
    TRUE WORSHIP
    The true worship is the kind of worship god is expecting from every individual Christian, which is practices in spirit and in truth Joh 4;23-24. The true worship is accepted by God when it is practices under the New Testament law Rom 3;19-22, Heb 8;7-13, 7;18-19, Gal 3;10-11, 2Joh 9-10
    THE BASIC ELEMENT OF WORSHIP UNDER THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
    1. SINGING WITHOUT INSTRUMENT Eph 5;19, Col 3;16 Jam 5;13
    2. GIVING NOT TITHES 1Cor 16;1-2, 2Cor 9;6-9,13-15 2Cor 8;1-5
    3. PRAYER 1Tim 2;8, Matt 4;44, Col 3;17, Luk 22;40
    4. TEACHING AND SERMON Act 5;42, Heb 10;25,
    5. LORD SUPPER (EVERY WEEK) Act 20;7, Matt 26;26
    SINGING (NON INSTRUMENTAL)
    HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF SONGS IN THE BIBLE
    Jubal was the father of instrumental songs Gen 4;21
    Laban uses instrumental music to praise Jacob Gen 31;27 for man pleasure
    God command Moses to make a trumpet (for the calling of the assembly) Num 10;1-2
    It was used to praised god but god did not command it 2Chro 5;13-14
    David was the author of instrumental music in the old testament, he use instrument to sing and praise god and to console those who are in bad muds e.g Saul when he was sick 1Sam 18;10 2Chro 7;6
    David also used instrumental music to play before god 2Sam 6;5
    NOTE that David was not a Christian, and he does not used it in worship as at that time
    Later they bring it into the worship in the temple. AND God was silent about it 2Chro 29;25-26
    But when they started abusing it Psalm 33;2-3,
    God command them in the time of the prophet AMOS to take it away from his sight Amos 5;23, 6;1-5
    UNDER THE NEW TESTAMENT
    God says how can things without live given sound praise god like we human being 1cor.14;7
    Instrumental music appears in the worship of some religious group during the Six (6) century in the Christian era. And it became general during the Eight (8) century, which was opposed by some religious leaders then John Calvin, John Wesley and Charles Spurgeon.
    Eight verses about how to sing
    Paul and Silas Act 16;25
    Jesus and the disciples Matt 26;30
    Singing with understanding 1Cor 14;15
    Singing with grace Col 3;16
    Speaking to ourselves in psalms and in hymns Eph 5;19
    Let him sing psalm Jam 5;13
    Singing praise to you Heb 2;12
    Rom 15;9
    GIVING NOT TITHES
    THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF TITHES
    The first man that pay tithes in the bible was Abraham, and he paid it to Melchizedek when Abraham brother was encamped and Melchizedek raised to fight with Abraham to rescued his brother, Abraham give him the tithes of all the goods they return with Gen 14;1-ff verse 20
    Jacob the son of Isaac also promise to give God the one tenth of all if God sees in through his journey but he later came back with twelve (12) sons exodus 1;1-6. And God himself now chose one out of the twelve to work in the terbanacle and for other tribes should work and bring their tithes to the Levites. Num18;21.
    GODS PERCEPTION AND LAWS CONCERNIG TITHES AND GIVING UNDER THE NEW TESTAMENT LAWS

    1.
    Must be a Israelite Lev 27;30,34,
    Gen 32;27-28, Mal 1;1 not to Nigeria, Egypt, America but to the son of Jacob alone
    To the saint ,the Christians and the house hold of faith 1cor 16;1-2, Gal 6;10

    2.
    The Levites are only authorize to collect it Deut 14;27 the third born of Jacob
    Exod 1;2
    Jesus Christ arose from Judah not Levites Heb 7;14
    Col 2;14-17, Heb 7;11-12,18

    3.
    Their tithes should be taking to Jerusalem Deut 14;24 Deut 12;11 2Chro 6;6, 2King 11;13,36
    In our mind, in spirit and in truth Joh 4;24

    4.
    It must be fruit and cattle’s not with money Deut 14;22-24
    Money was used by the early Christian Rom 15;26
    They also give themselves first 2Cor 8;1-5

    5.
    It is paid every year and every (3) years Deut 14;22,28
    At every first day of the week

    6
    The levite were also ask to burn the tenth of the tithes giving to them Num 18;26

    The early Christian according their ability determine to share their properties among the brethren willingly and cheerfully Act 11;29-30, Luk 6;38,Matt 5;42.

    THE WORK OF THE CHURCH
    Edification
    Belvolence
    Evangelism
    PRESENTED BY BROTHER ADANSERE DAVID

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