Sample Lesson of Ecclesiology I

(This is the first lesson in our online/distance learning Ecclesiology course.  To have access to the entire class, you must register for classes here, and fill out the enrollment application here.  You must also make the first payment.  The tuition schedule can be found here.)

 

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INTRO: 

  • There is much talk, proper and improper. Is the church really this important? 
  • Some say it is, in fact, salvation (sacerdotalism) “sacraments.”
  • Others say, no; “organized” religion is out of date and one may serve God as well without the church as through it. 
  • We have the ‘priesthood of the church” theory today, that has raised much controversy. 
  • Well, is it just one of many optional ways to serve God? Or is it in essence the only earthly organization God has ordained for service? 
  • In the midst of so much philosophy, we must try to let the scripture speak. 

 

  1. IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR JESUS TO BUILD (Mat. 16:18
    1. Consider the things He did not build that are exalted today. 
    2. But Christ built His church. Yes, it is important. 
  2. IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR HIM TO SUSTAIN (Mat. 16:18
    1. He said He would, “gates of hell” positively and negatively. 
    2. He has, it (His church) exists today. 
    3. It always has, restorers are heretics. 
  3. IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR HIM TO LOVE 
    1. Eph. 5:25-27 says He loved it like a betrothed bride. 
    2. Those who belittle the church or the importance of its study today should reflect on this.
  4. IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR CHRIST TO DIE FOR
    1. Again, Eph. 5:25-27 says He loved it enough to die for it. 
    2. This is not to say that all the reconciled are the church, or vice versa. 
      Illustration: Since all rabbits are animals, are all animals rabbits? 
  5. IT IS GOD’S EARTHLY PLACE FOR GLORY (Eph. 3:21
    1. God has not chosen to get glory from religious societies, but from His church. 
  6. IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO OCCUPY MOST NEW TESTAMENT  WRITINGS 
    1. The inspired word of God, after Calvary is chiefly to, and about a church or churches. 
  7. THE CHURCH IS GOD’S EXCLUSIVE ORGANIZATION
    1. No other organization is revealed in scripture. 
    2. The pattern of evangelism is only through the church. 
    3. We should accept God’s pattern and seek no other. 

 

Sample Lesson of Bible Survey I

(This is a sample lesson outline for Bible Survey I.  You can also click the "Listen to Sample" link to hear a sample lesson. You can also right click for playback options.)

  1. WHY BIBLE SURVEY? 
    1. Systematic Bible study is a must. 
    2. All of God’s works are systematized. 
    3. The ‘rightly dividing” of that truth (systematizing) is essentially the work of men. 
    4. Thus, to insure against voids in teaching, we do well to study scripture verse by verse.
    5. That is to say, we should “rightly divide” and yet search daily to assure that nothing has been disregarded. 
      Illustration: My experience in co-ordination of scripture, compared to reading commentaries. 
    6. If we will learn to remember and assemble the Bible knowledge we have, we will find we are fortified against many mistakes. 

 

Sample Lesson of Soteriology I

(This is a sample lesson outline of Soteriology I.  You can also click the "Listen to Sample" link to hear a sample lesson. You can also right click for playback options.)

 

  1. WHAT IS SOTERIOLOGY? 
    1. Greek Soterios - which means health. 
    2. -ology - Science of, or a treatise on health. 
    3. In theology, it is the doctrines of salvation. 
  2. WHY STUDY SOTERIOLOGY? 
    1. God reveals man to be terribly unhealthy spiritually. 
      1. Lost (Luke 19:10) 
      2. Dead (Eph. 2:1) 
      3. Alienated (Eph. 4:18) 
      4. Condemned (Jn. 3:18-19) 
    2. The Bible reveals that God purposes to save. (Mat. 1:21) 
    3. God saves through preaching and believing. (Mark 16:15) 
    4. Correct understanding is necessary for both. (Mark 16:16, II Thes. 2:12)