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ASSEMBLY

  ? SLEEPING
  ? NOTHING
  ? DISOBEYING
  ? WORSHIPPING  

                                                                               (food, clothing)
                  ┌──── 1) Superficial Choices – short term decisions.
                   │
───────┼──── 2) Longer Term – job, career, home, spouse
                   │
                  └──── 3) Spiritual Choices – determines fate of the soul.
                                                                       (Whom we assemble, desires)
  ● Individual
  ● Community
  ● Advocate
 ┐
 ├─
 ┘
Decision Groups.  
↓               ↓               ↓
COLD    LUKEWARM    HOT

CHURCH = ASSEMBLY

Do we assemble for ourselves or God?
Human Form

- Israelites
- Mob
- Lawful Assembly
     └─> Paul at Ephesus.
God Ordered

CHRIST
ROCK
ASSEMBLY
Spirit Form

Assembly
People
Us
Me

1. Kingdom has Come
2. Power - Name of Christ  
3. Saved

Called for Structure for the church of Christ:
CHRIST
/      |      \
Bishops   Bishops   Bishops
(Examples) (Elders) (2 or more)
/|\              /|\              /|\
Deacons   Deacons   Deacons

Each congregation should be centered on Christ
and not on an origination centered on man.


WINDOW
 
ON MAN
              WINDOW
     
     
     
ON GOD
... And if one breaks in error ...
X
ALL BREAKS
             
    X
     
     
PART BREAKS
God’s plan has a built in safety net.

To find the church of Christ
you have to look to yourself and read the Word.


ASSEMBLY  ──┐
BIBLE STUDY      │ =   DOES NOT MEAN YOU SEEK GOD
PRAYER   ────┘
       └─> If it is about you. 


Bishop = Overseer = Shepherd = Pastor = Elder
Bishop = Overseer, Would be Shepherd
Preacher = Evangelist
Evangelist = Heralder of the Word
Who is the greatest leader that ever lived?
In Battle In Business In Religion The Bible
Alexander the Great Cornelius Vanderbilt Buddhism – Buddha Abraham
Napoleon Henry Ford Muslims - Muhammad Moses
George Washington Mary Kay Hindus - Gandhi Joshua
George Patton Ray Kroc Mormons - Joseph Smith Solomon
Douglas Macarthur Bill Gates Scientology – L. Ron Hubbard Paul
~ It depends who you are talking to.

LEADERSHIP = INFLUENCE

Our biggest church problems are a result of
human philosophies.
human leadership.

Jesus
was the greatest leader that ever lived
because
He was the greatest follower that ever lived

Jesus had Absolute Obedience
Obedience = Adhering to a System of Faith
Submission = Obedience
REAL OBEDIENCE
Is not obeying only when others are watching
Is not merely talking about obeying
Is not casual obedience
Is careful obedience
Deacons = Servants
All the Saints = Faithful Believers, Flock of God
Wisdom incorporates knowledgeable obedience
The LORD teaches sinners in the way they should go
Call to walk in the way of goodness in righteousness
Blessed are those who keep God’s ways
Hearing and trusting God allows one to know the way
God calls one in the way not to practice lying
Serve God with all your heart and with all your soul
Reproofs of instruction are the way of life
Keeping instruction is in the way of life
Narrow the gate & difficult the way leading to life
Wicked do not desire the knowledge of God’s ways
All have a choice in the way of life or the way of death
One careless of his ways & hates correction will die
God preserves the way of His saints
Christ supports all of His faithful saints
Saints
Apostles and Prophets
Jesus Christ Himself
Spoken of Saints on Earth
● Testimony of Ananias in Damascus
● Testimony of Paul in Jerusalem
● Testimony of Peter in Lydda
● Testimony of God
Saints spoken of across the known world
● Damascus
● Jerusalem   
● Lydda
● Ephesus   
● Philippi
● Colosse
● Corinth   
● Rome
● Italy
① Saints are alive on the earth
② Saints are individuals in common with God’s will
③ Saints are called to have an understanding of the inheritance
④ The message of salvation has been given to His saints on earth
⑤ Saints are warned not to fall away from God’s word
⑥ Saints righteously love the Lord who is our protection
⑦ Saints are instructed to work along with one another
⑧ Saints know salvation in not of themselves
⑨ The Lord God loves His saints
⑩ Resurrection has been made known by God
⑪ Eternal life is promised to the saints of God
⑫ Our actions should please us as servants of the Living God
⑬ Acts of service and compassion should be done by those able
⑭ It is through our service that we find rewards of spirit
⑮ Though challenged in life our Love of God renders sacrifice
⑯ Saints are asked to actively practice their faith as examples
⑰ Saints are called to perform righteous act

Being a Christian is a physical challenge and commitment of strength.
Submission / Obedience / Conformity
• Seek out other brethren.
• Watch and reflect daily upon the word.
• So we have continuing faith.
How big is your world?
● Self?
● Friends and or associates?
● A few ~ a State ~ or Nation.
● Jesus instructed us: The World.
195 countries or nation on the Earth
  63 colonies or territories
258 places
Through the centuries ...
Disciples have passed on to disciples the message of Jesus:

To make disciples of all nations COMMANDMENT
Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Teach these disciples to obey my commandments
Current "Best Case" Scenario:
churches
of CHRIST
Population Congregations Members per
Congregation
Total
Members
Per
Person
USA 307 million 13,000 50 650,000 1 out of
472
USA
(Worst case)
307 million 2,200 50 110,000 1 out of
2791
REST OF
WORLD
6.4 billion 13,000 10 130,000 1 out of
49,246

Christian = Most Demanding = Most Rewarding

TRUE CHRISTIANS
FOLLOW WHAT GOD ONCE DELIVERED TO MAN
FAITH THAT HE IS THAT HE IS
DO NOT TURN AWAY FROM HIS WORD
COUNTERFEIT JEWS = LOST
COUNTERFEIT CHRISTIANS = LOST

THE HARSH REALITY

 ●  Some who think they are saved, are lost
 ●  Some who think they love God, hate Him
 ●  Some who think they are following Jesus are following Satan

TWO TYPES OF FAKE CHRISTIANS
Those who know they are fake.            
Those who don’t realize they are fake.
  IS CHRISTIANITY A  
RELIGION
OR A
RELATIONSHIP?
1. Commitment to a personal relationship.
2. Commitment to Family of God, His church.
3. Commitment to the lost outside His church.


~ WITH FATHER ~

↔ ONE ANOTHER ↔

GOD       GOD
↕           ↕
Man  ↔  Man

   Verticle Fellowship

   Horizontal Fellowship

  Assemble to build up strength in the House of God  

● Do you pray to God to send you the truth?
● Do we pray for circumstances to expose our errors?
● Do you pray for your faults to be revealed?

FAITH IN GOD ≠ FAITH IN MAN
Man or GOD?

NOT FOUND IN NEW TESTAMENT WORSHIP
1. Gym
2. Kitchen
3. Sponsored ball team
4. Choirs and instrumental music
5. etc.
Gifts = Charisma
Some think these things:
  ● Prophecies
  ● Tongues
  ● Special Enabling Knowledge  
... still exist.
Infancy State
of Christianity
= Miracles, Tongues, Prophesies,
Supernatural Knowledge
PERFECT ≠ IMPERFECT

... But when that which is perfect has come, then that which
is in part will be done away. ~ 1st Corinthians 13:8-10


Perfect = Complete
● Prophets
● Apostles
 ┐
 ├─
 ┘
  Have come and established our foundation.
PHYSICAL KINGDOM ≠ SPIRITUAL KINGDOM

Charismatics = Believe they have gifts

All these religions claim the Holy Spirit directs them:

  1.  Catholics
  2.  Methodists
  3.  Presbyterians
  4.  Lutherans
  5.  Baptists
  6.  Mormons
  7.  Jehovah Witnesses
  8.  7th Day Adventists
  9.  Etc.
If they were all put in separate rooms ...                                       
                            ... to receive instructions from the Holy Spirit ...


CATHOLIC
METHODIST
PRESBYTERIAN
JEHOVAH WITNESSES
LUTHERAN
BAPTIST
MORMON
7TH DAY ADVENTIST

... they should all emerge with the same doctrine ...                    
                                                ... for the Holy Spirit agrees as One.


... However, they are dramatically opposed to each other.

Concerning the truth, there is only one.


Hears God's Word
  spirit of truth  
     Does not hear God's Word
  spirit of error  

"... Is Christ divided? ... ~ 1st Corinthians 1:10-13

  Some were claiming to be after Paul, Cephas = Division  
Freedom of religion Responsibility God calls for.

DISTURBING = NOT COMFORTABLE
PLANTED
 =  x 
- Themselves -
Religious Elite
~ the Conservatives
→ Pharisees, Scribes
               IN THEMSELVES               
Many Claim to be Planted in Christ:
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● CHRIST

● Catholic
● Muslim
● Protestant
● Presbyterian
● Baptist
● Methodist
● Mormon
● Jehovah Witnesses
?
2015?
Just because a plant exists does not mean it is approved of by God.
ANCESTRAL GRAVITY = TRADITIONAL PRACTICES
False Precepts/Calvinism
Total Depraved
Unconditional Election
Limited Atonement
Irresistible Grace
Perseverance of the Saints
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Born Having to Sin
Have No Choice
Select Few will be Saved
God is Who Calls or Not
Once Saved Always Saved

The Incorrect View The Correct View
People determine the standard People discover the standard
People are originators of the standard People are dependant on the standard
People enforce the standard People are ministers of the standard
People regulate the standard People are recognizers of the standard
People judge the standard People are witness to the standard
People are the master of the standard People are servants of the standard

False religion destroys sound doctrine

Questionable Religion

Jehovah witness = Deny Christ as deity
Restrict Lord's Supper
Denying salvation of blood
Claim they are the only true church
Catholic = Idol Worship  ~  False Fathers
Excessive repetitive human doctrine
Re-sacrifice Christ in mass deception
Claim they are the only true church
Mormons = Trivialize Jesus; authority over Him
Secret chambers of hidden doctrines
Claim they are the only true church
Believe in Science Fiction
Baptist * = Introduce church/faith based salvation
Improper implementation of gospel
as a dogma justification study
"Once saved, always saved"
Jewish = Deny fulfillment of their own prophecy
~ Pride over their Shame
Search for an earthly kingdom
Islam = False doctrine justifying a god of
hate and war; invalidates Jesus,
~ twists the Bible into a lie
Idol worship bowing to a dead rock
Buddhism/Zen = Self centered worship of self
No Supreme Creator
Atheism = Trust in self / God of Denial
Scientology
=
A bad bet
Justifies insanity

Churches
of many names;
Not using Bible
as Authority


=

False Religion; cult

* - Some Baptist churches acknowledge that not once saved always saved.
The Lord’s church is made by individual’s, not human hierarchies.


PREDESTINED Once Saved Always Saved
We are predestined to have the opportunity for eternal salvation.

PROBLEM:
CHRISTIAN ISLAM
  ● Jesus = God
  ● Jesus CLAIMED Deity
  ● Jesus = Creator
  ● Jesus ACCEPTED worship
  ● Jesus Crucified
  ● Jesus Raised from dead
  ● Jesus the Sin Bearer
  ● The Son of God

● Jesus NOT God
● Jesus DENIED Deity
● Jesus created
● Jesus NOT ACCEPT worship
● Jesus NOT crucified
● Jesus NOT raised
● NO mediator..
● NOT the Son .. Only a messenger   

Corrupted?

     ● Given by God – inspired
     ● Jews preserved it
     ● Bible a guide unto man …
     ● Should believe the Bible …
     ● Believe the Bible → Heaven    

    NO CHARGES OF CORRUPTION!    

Copies of the Bible We NOW Have
Codex Dated
   ● Vaticanus
   ● Sinaiticus
   ● Alexandrinus
   ● Ephraemi Rescriptus
   ● Bezae
   ● Claromontanus
   ● Codex Freerianus

● 325-350
● 4th century
● 450
● 345
● 450-550
● 550
● Late 4th, early 5th Century    

Translations of the Bible We NOW Have
Translations Dated Language
   ● The Old Latin
   ● The Latin Vulgate
   ● Coptic
   ● Peshitta

   ● As Early as 180
   ● 382-405
   ● 292-346
   ● 400

   ● Latin
   ● Latin
   ● Coptic/Egyptian    
   ● Syriac


   ● Muhammad lived from 570 AD to 632 AD.
   ● We have Bible COPIES – 300’s
   ● We have Bible TRANSLATIONS – 300’s
   ● Early writings, fragments, etc…
   ● He had, knew, and accepted what WE now have
       without claiming corruption.

A man ≠ God in the flesh.
Hearsay reduces to diminishing truth.
Exalting men over God is not God’s will.

Muhammad
Any proud proclaimer
=
=
False Prophet
False Prophet

Headquarters of the church?
↓ 
↓ 
↓ 
↓ 
↓ 
↓ 
● Rome
● New York
● Salt Lake
● Jerusalem
● Mecca
● Etc.
 ↓
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↘                       ↙
It is in Heaven!



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