7Ch. The Church

 

What is the Church?, by Matt Slick - http://www.carm.org/church

What is the Church? - http://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-the-church.html

Functions of the Church - http://www.wcg.org/lit/church/ministry/functions.htm

Elders and Deacons - http://www.elders-deacons.com/lesson-01.html

Worship in the Early Church - http://www.liturgica.com/html/litEChLitWEC.jsp#Core

 

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A Suggested Model for the 'Worship Service'

 A worship service should be influenced by the Holy Spirit, where worshippers spontaneously pray, read Scripture, sing psalms and hymns in the worship and adoration of God. Being mindful of fellow worshippers Christians can harmoniously contribute to the service, decently and in order. The service should not become a liturgy (fixed order of service).

 

Opening Prayer (by an Elder or mature brother)

 

The Attributes of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)

All Powerful

All present

All Knowing

Eternal

Holy

Righteous

Faithful

Merciful

Loving

Any of these attributes can be chosen for prayer, Scripture reading, psalms and hymns - randomly chosen, or by the leading of the Holy Spirit

 

Scripture Exposition (ideally 20 minutes duration)

 

The Life of the Lord Jesus Christ

Pre-earthly existence

Theophanies (Jesus' earthly appearances in Old Testament times)

Birth

Life

Crucifixion and Death

Ressurection

High Priest position

Coming for His Saints

Coming to Earth (Pre-millennial)

 

Any of these attributes can be chosen for prayer, Scripture reading, psalms and hymns

- randomly chosen, or by the leading of the Holy Spirit

 

Bread and Wine (for Christians only)

 

Benediction (eg. 2 Corinthians 13:14)

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Baptism / The Lord's Supper - http://www.thebiblestudypage.com/discipleship3.shtml

Evangelismhttp://www.oldtruth.com/blog.cfm/id.2.pid.942

Concerning Spiritual Gifts, Part 3 ('Grace to You' - John MacArthur) -

http://www.gty.org/Resources/Study+Guide+Chapter/1850

Spiritual Gifts - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_gift

Famous Evangelical Missionaries-

http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/bios/bio-missionaries.htm

Pacific Garden Mission: "Unshackled!" - dramatised audio testimonies -http://www.pgm.org/

Christian Missions Charitable Trust - http://www.christianmissionsindia.com/

'Life and Hope' (video). Gospel For Asia -

 http://www.gfa.org/videos/life-and-hope/?cm_mmc=GFA-_-Email-_-471716-_-

Child Evangelism Fellowship http://www.cef.org.nz/  

Dublin Christian Mission - http://www.dcmlive.ie/

Bridges For Peace, Israel - http://www.bridgesforpeace.com/

IrishChristian.net - Churchscene, Articles, Resources, Testimonies,History - http://www.irishchristian.net

The Ancient Church, by William\ Dool Killen DD -

http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/16700/pg16700.txt

History of the Christian Church, by Philip  Schaff -

http://www.ccel.org/s/schaff/history/About.htm

Church History Timeline, by R. Grant Jones -

http://mysite.verizon.net/rgjones3/History/chronindex.htm

History of the Celtic Church - http://www.irishchristian.net/history/

The Seven Ecumenical Councils, by Philip Schaff -

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf214.html

Church in Rome in the First Century, by George Edmundson (1849 - 1930) -

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/edmundson/church.html

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon. (Included for historical background) -

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/gibbon/decline.html

History of American Christianity, by Leonard Woolsey Bacon (1830 - 1907) -

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bacon_lw/history.html