Portrait Of A New Testament Church
Built on the foundation of the Apostles. Churches aren’t free to “do their own thing.” Acts 2:42 Ephesians 2:19–20 Consisted of holy people. The Christians at Philippi were “saints.” 1 Corinthians 1:2 Excluded religious hierarchy. To the elders, deacons, preachers, and saints at… All stand equal before the cross. Paul is a bond servant. Enjoyed divine blessings. Grace is “good will or favor.” John 3:16; James 1:16–17 Because of grace, we have peace. With God. With others. Within self. Existed in a hostile environment. Acts 16:16–24 Philippians 3:20 John 15:18–19 If we want to be a church like those in the New Testament, we must… Build on the foundation of the apostles. Be holy people. Reject a religious hierarchy. Enjoy God’s divine blessings. Exist in this hostile environment.