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The Church As The Body Of Christ

The Church Is Not A Building: It's A Living Organism. It is important to understand the differences between The Visible & The Invisible Church.

THE VISIBLE CHURCH
THE INVISIBLE CHURCH
APPEARANCE
Visible Buildings & Members
Invisible Body of Christ
NATURE
Moribund ORGANISATION
Living ORGANISM
STRUCTURE

Organisation consisting of
Head of organisation
(eg Pope/
Archbishop)
+ Members

Body consisting of Parts;
Head is Jesus Christ alone
+ Born again believers
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
Rules & rituals for
entry to membership
eg baptism; confirmation;
church membership
Once-only, supernatural
work of the Holy Spirit
eg born again, baptised
in water & Spirit
MEMBERSHIP
Anyone who fulfills entry conditions
Born Again & Baptised
by the Spirit Believers
BASIS OF AUTHORITY
The Bible + Church Traditions
& Authority
The Word of God /
The Bible alone
BASIS OF SALVATION
Faith in Jesus Christ +
Ordinances of the Church
By the grace of God
through Faith in Jesus
Christ as Saviour & LORD
ORDINANCES
As ordained by the organisation
eg Infant Baptism; Confirmation; Eucharist / Mass; Confession; Penance
As ordained in Scripture
ie Believer's Baptism;
The Lord's Supper/
Holy Communion
OBJECT(S) OF WORSHIP
The Triune God +
eg Virgin Mary + Saints
The Triune God alone

 

At conversion each new born again Christian is baptised by the Holy Spirit into the invisible, supernatural Body of Christ, as Paul says in ROMANS 12:5 and 1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-13; EPHESIANS 4:1-13.

1. The True Church of Jesus Christ is a spiritual organism, not an organisation consisting of born again believers, both living and dead. The Visible Church consists of members of a human organisation.

2. The Head of the True Church is The LORD Jesus Christ, not a Pope, Archbishop, Moderator or leader.

3. The only way to become a member of the True Church is to be born again supernaturally by the Spirit of God through faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and LORD. The Visible Church consists of those fulfilling membership requirements.

4. The final authority in matters of faith and doctrine in the True Church of Christ is The Bible - which is the inerrant and infallible Written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit.

5. The only object of worship in the True Church of Jesus Christ is The Triune God - Father, Son & Holy Spirit. All other persons and objects of worship the Bible calls idolatry.

6. The two ordinances ordained by Jesus Christ himself and described in Scripture are Believer's Baptism and The Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion. All other ordinances have been ordained by the church as an organisation.


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