- The New Testament deals extensively with the history, doctrine, organization, etc. of the institution of the church, which, until the Marriage of the Lamb, is made up of local assemblies of believers.
- The institution of the church was very important to Christ. Christ “loved the church and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” (Ep. 5.25-26)
- “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Ti. 3.15)
- “And hath put all things under his (Jesus’) feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” (Ep. 1:22-23)
- “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” (Co. 1.18)
These lessons teach the New Testament principles, guidelines, organization, purpose, makeup, etc. of a church – in other words, what God desires a church to strive to be. Few churches strive to please God in these matters. Few churches and believers know New Testament Church doctrine.
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Ephesians is about the body of believers in a New Testament church, of which Christ is the head. The lessons on Ephesians are now completed and are linked to below.
Philippians shows a church walking down here. Christian living is the theme; it is the periphery of the circle ow which Christ is the center. Philippians emphasizes Christ becoming a servant. Lessons on Philippians will be added below.
Colossians directs our attention to the head of the body who is Christ. The body itself is secondary. Christ is the theme. He is the center of the circle around which all Christian living revolves. Christ is the fulness of God. Lessons on Colossians will be added below.
Philemon gives us Christianity in action. We would say it is where the rubber meets the road, or in that day it was where the sandals touched the Roman road. It demonstrates Christianity worked out in a pagan society. Lessons on Philemon will be added below.
14 lessons on Ephesians – The Local Church Is a Body:
Lesson 1: A Church Is a Spiritual Body – Ephesians 1 (38 questions on Ephesians 1)
Lesson 2: The Work of the Son of God on Behalf of the Church -Ephesians 1.7-12 (9 questions based on Ephesians 1.7-12 with answers)
Lesson 3: Work of the Holy Spirit in Protecting the Church – Ephesians 1.13-14 (14 questions based on Ephesians 1.13-14 with answers)
Lesson 4: The Church Is a Temple and the Method and Materials of Construction – Ephesians 2 (16 questions with answers based on Ephesians 2)
Lesson 5: The Church Is a Mystery (9 questions with answers based on Ephesians 3)
Lesson 6: Introduction to The Church Is a New Man and Must Walk as a New Man – Ephesians 4 (13 questions with answers)
Lesson 7: The Church Is a New Man: The Exhibition and Inhibition of the New Man – Ephesians 4.1-16 (17 questions with answers following)
Lesson 8: The Prohibition of the New Man – Ephesians 4.17-32 (20 questions with answers following)
Lesson 9: The Church Will Be a Bride: The Engagement of the Church – Ephesians 5.1-17 (13 questions with answers following)
Lesson 10: The Church Will Be a Bride:The Experience of the Church – Ephesians 5.18-24 (15 questions with Answers following)
Lesson 11: The Church Will Be a Bride: The Expectation of the Church – Ephesians 5.25-33 (16 questions from with answers following)
Lesson 12: The Church Is To Be a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ: The Soldier’s Relationships – Ephesians 6.1-9 (14 questions from with answers following)
Lesson 13: The Church Is To Be a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ: The Soldier’s Enemy – Ephesians 6.10-12 (16 questions with answers following)
Lesson 14: The Church Is To Be a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ: The Soldier’s Protection and Example – Ephesians 6.10-24 (15 questions with answers following)
Lessons on Colossians – Christ is the Head of the Local Church
Lesson 1: Introduction and Paul’s Prayer – Colossians 1.1-14 (14 questions with answers following).
Lesson 2: Person of Christ and Objective Work of Christ for Sinners – Colossians 1.15-23 (10 questions with answers following)
Lesson 3: Subjective Work of Christ for Saints – Colossians 1.24-29 (12 questions with answers following)
Lesson 4: Christ the Answer to Philosophy (For the Head) – Colossians 2.1-2.15 (19 questions with answers following)
Lesson 5: Christ the Answer to Ritual (For the Heart) – Colossians 2.16-23; Christ, the fullness of God, poured out in life through believers, Chapters 3 and 4 : Colossians 3.1-4: Thoughts and Affections of Believers are Heavenly (18 questions with answers)
Lesson 6: Christ, the fullness of God, poured out in life through believers, Chapters 3 and 4. Living of Believers is Holy – Colossians 3.5-4.6 Fellowship of Believers Is Hearty – Colossiand 4.7-18 (26 questions with answers following)
(Lessons for the other divisions of the book to be added)
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