Murfreesboro church of Christ
First Century Christianity in the 21st Century

The New Testament Church

The following is a chart of information concerning the New Testament church as described in the scriptures. It was constructed by Charles Burke, gospel preacher in Bisbee, Arizona. It is an excellent teaching tool for use in teaching the establishment and organization of the Lord's church.

1) The Reign Of The New Testament Church

In Prophecy - Isaiah 2:2-3
In Preparation - Matthew 16:13-18
Its Establishment - Acts 2:1-47
Its Existence - Hebrews 12:22-29
Its Destination - 1 Corinthians 15:24-29

2) The Spiritual Nature Of The New Testament Church

A Spiritual House - 1 Tim. 3:15
A Spiritual Temple - Ephesians 2:19-22
A Spiritual Assembly - Hebrews 12:23
A Spiritual Body - 1 Corinthians 12:13
A Spiritual Kingdom - John 18:36

3) The Divine Relationship Which Exists Between Christ And The NT Church

The Builder - Matthew 16:18
The Purchaser - Ephesians 5:25
The Head - Ephesians 5:22-32
The Foundation - 1 Corinthians 3:11
The Saviour - Ephesians 5:23

4) The Divine Relationship Which Exists Between The NT Church And Christ

The Bride - Ephesians 5:23-32
The Body - Colossians 1:24
The Kingdom - John 18:36
The Flock - Acts 20:28
The Candlestick - Rev. 1:12-20

5) The Divine Names Of The NT Church

The Church of God - 1 Corinthians 1:2
The Church of Christ - Romans 16:16
The Church of The Firstborn - Hebrews 12:23
The Church - Ephesians 3:10
The Kingdom - Matthew 16:19

6) The Biblical Names Of The Members Of The NT Church

Christians - 1 Peter 4:16
The Children of God - Gal. 3:26
Brethren - Gal. 6:1
Saints - Romans 1:7
Disciples - Acts 11:26

7) Membership Into The NT Church

Hear - Romans 10:17
Faith - Hebrews 11:6
Repentance - Acts 17:30-31
Confession - Acts 8:37
Baptism - Acts 2:38

8) The True Worship Service Of The NT Church

Communion - Acts 20:7
Prayer - Acts 2:42
Singing - Ephesians 5:19
Giving - 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Preaching - 2 Timothy 4:1-4

9) The True Organization Of The NT Church

Elders (a.k.a pastors, elders, bishops, overseers) - 1 Tim. 3:1-7, Eph. 4:11; Phil. 1:1; Acts 20:28
Deacons - 1 Tim. 3:8-13
Preacher(s) - 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Teachers - Hebrews 5:12-14
Members - 1 Corinthians 12:23-27

10) The Purpose Of The NT Church

To Evangelize - Matthew 28:18-20
To Restore - Gal. 6:1
To Worship - Matthew 4:10
To Serve - Hebrews 12:28-29
To Minister - Gal. 6:10

11) The Divine Authority Of The NT Church

Christ Our Saviour - Luke 2:8-13
Christ Our Mediator - 1 Tim. 2:5
Christ Our Lawgiver - Matthew 28:18-20
Christ Our Ruler - Ephesians 1:22-23
Christ Our Judge - 2 Corinthians 5:10

12) The Divine Acceptance Of The NT Church

Glorious - Ephesians 5:25-27
Spotless - 2 Peter 2:1-3
Holy - Gal. 1:6-9
Faultless - 2 Peter 3:16-17
Flawless - Jude 1:1

Conclusion
Let us pray that as we consider the above scriptures relating to the church of our Lord, we will always remember that we (the church - Ephesians 5:23, 30) are "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people (marginal reading - or a purchased people); that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light" (1 Peter 2:9).