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.
On This Rock I Will Build My Church – Matthew 16:15-18 - June 10, 2013
The church will be around for eternity. That may be why Jesus and his apostles were so insistent that we love each other and get along here. A part of being the church, the body, the bride, is to lose ourselves and become one; like Christ and the Father are…
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?