The purity and unity of the church

The purity and unity of the church

what makes a church more or less please to God ? What kinds of church should we cooperate with or join ?

1 Thessalonians
phil 1:3-11;4:10-16
2 Cor 8:1-5
(Gal. 1:6-9;3:1-5)
(1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 4:18-21; 5:1-2, 6:1-8; 11:17-22; 14:20-23; 2 Cor. 1:23-2:11; 11:3-5, 12-15; 12:20-13:10)

freedom from wrong doctrine and conduct, and its degree of conformity to God’s revealed will for the church.

it is right to pary and work for the greater purity of the church. purity cannot be our only concern, or Christians would have a tendency to separate into tiny group of very “pure”

strive for the unity of the visible church.

The unity of the church is its degree of freedom from divisions among true Christina.

there are those who are Christina in name only, but have had no genuine experience of regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

churches that are filled with such unbelievers still call themselves Christian Churches. We should not expect or work for organizational or functional utility that includes all of those people

encourage us to work for unity of all true believers.

factors that make church “more pure” include:

  • 1. biblical doctrine (or right preaching of the Word)
  • 2. Proper use of the sacraments (or ordinances)
  • 3. Right use of church discipline
  • 4. genuine worship
  • 5. effective prayer
  • 6. effective fellowship
  • 7. effective witness
  • 8. spiritual power in Ministry
  • 9. personal holiness of life among members
  • 10. care for the poor
  • 11. love for Christ

witnesses to other or in meaningful worship. church may have dynamic witness and very God-honoring times of worship but be weak in doctrinal understanding and bible teaching.

strong are the most important areas, and the areas where they are weak are less important.

Systematic Theology

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