|Brother Paul Burbidge|
Christ’s Institution of Work
As you continue to look into the church that Christ built I pray that you are reading these articles with an open Bible and an open heart to the word of God. There is a major problem when a Christian stops relying on the Holy Spirit's illumination of spiritual truth (The Bible) and goes the lazy road of accepting what other people say. We must never look at Scripture through another man’s glasses.
Christ is the head of the church (Eph. 4:15; 5:23). The Holy Spirit is the administrator (1 Cor. 12; John 16:13). The Scriptures teach us the following about Christ’s church.
1. The New Testament church is the only institution that Christ is building today (Matt. 16:18)
2. The New Testament church is the “pillar and ground of truth” (1 Tim 3:15).
3. The New Testament church, which has nothing to do with a building but is an organized assembly of baptized believers covenanted together for the Lord’s work; it is the house of God (1 Tim. 3:15).
4. It is where Christ stands (Rev. 1).
5. The NT church is the recipient of the Great Commission and an operations center for world missions (Matt. 18:15-17; 28:18-20; Acts 11, 13).
6. The NT church is the mechanism for the discipline of Christians (1 Cor. 5).
7. The NT church is the God ordained place for the exercising of spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12-14)
8. The NT church is the center for the training of Christians (Heb. 3:7). This includes pastors and missionaries (2 Timothy 2:2).
9. The NT church is responsible for the ordination and support of missionaries (Acts 3:13; Phil. 4:16; 2 Cor. 11:8).
10. The NT church is the center for Christian service and prayer (Titus 2; Acts 12:5).
11. The New Testament is the one and only institution through which God is to be glorified in this age (Eph. 3:21).
12. The NT church belongs to God (Acts 20:28). The term “church of God” is used 13 times in the NT.
13. The NT church was purchased with the very blood of Christ (Acts 20:28).
14. The NT church is pictured as the "body," of which Christ is the Head (1 Cor. 12:27).
The current ecumenical/one world “church” philosophy is wholly contrary to scripture. The center of evangelism, missions, personal growth and training is the Church that Christ builds. All others are outside of scripture and the will of God. Christ has promised that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. AMEN!
By Paul Burbidge, B.Th.