The Doctrine of the Church

The Church is the body of Christ and is universal in scope. The articles included on this page are all related to the Church, its purpose, and its work. The initial post here was written as a part of a systematic theology study. Also available is a short summary of my beliefs concerning the Church.

  • The Doctrine of the Church - July 29, 2018
    What is the church? What is it's purpose? Questions about government, baptism and Lord's Supper. These are topics addressed by the doctrine of the church.
  • Church Ordinances - May 30, 2013
    Jesus left his church with two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper. As we participate in these, we can remember what he has done for us
  • On This Rock I Will Build My Church – Matthew 16:15-18 - June 10, 2013
    Jesus said that on this rock I will build my church. What is this church that Jesus will build on the rock. And what is the purpose of that church?
  • What is the Relationship Between Israel and the Church? - January 25, 2019
    What is the relationship between the nation of Israel and the Church? On the surface it seems like it should be a pretty straight forward answer. But the more time I have spent with this question the more challenging I have found it to be. There are several schools of…
  • The Doctrine of the Kingdom of God, or Kingdom of Heaven - February 22, 2019
    In a narrower sense it is the rule of God, or Christ, in the hearts of his people; the redeemed. And it is in this sense that most of the New Testament seems to focus on. The gospel is the good news of the kingdom. And all who submit to…
  • God’s Temple: Past, Present, and Future - November 1, 2019
    Under the Old Covenant the temple, and the tabernacle before it, served to symbolize God's presence among the people. It was the focus of their worship. But the need for a separate physical structure disappeared at Pentecost when God's Spirit took up his dwelling with a living temple made up…
  • What Is the Meaning of Israel in the Bible? - January 24, 2020
    In the Old Testament Israel refers to a person, a people, and a nation. But in the New it seems to evolve. Just what is the meaning of Israel in the Bible?
  • The Future of the Church In COVID-19 Exile - May 8, 2020
    The last few months have been challenging for our world. In particular for churches. How can we respond to being a church in exile? Let's grow through it!
  • Tithing: Should New Testament Believers Tithe Their Income? - June 19, 2020
    Tithing was a requirement under the Old Testament Law. But is it still a mandate for New Testament believers? Do we have an obligation to give financially?
  • A New Normal: The Church and COVID-19 - July 24, 2020
    What if social distancing becomes the new normal. How might the Church respond when unable to gather in large groups because of COVID-19 or other diseases?
  • Can I Walk with God Alone, Apart from Other Believers? - August 28, 2020
    Is it possible to have a living relationship with God apart from being an active member of a local church body? I don't believe so.
  • A Brief Review of the Major Biblical Covenants - December 18, 2020
    This is a brief look at the major biblical covenants that we find in the Bible. Covenants with Abraham, Israel, David, and with believers.
  • Jesus as the Fulfillment of Isaiah’s Vision of the Future of Israel - February 12, 2021
    Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of the prophets. This article is a look at Isaiah to see how Jesus fulfilled his prophecies.
  • How to Worship When We Are Unable to Assemble Together - January 15, 2021
    We often take for granted that we gather physically gather for worship. But what if that is not possible? Can we still worship?

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