ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
Matthew 16:18 - Who is the only person the church belongs to? _____________________
Matthew 16:18-19 - What Jesus calls his church in verse 18, he calls the _________________ of heaven in verse 19.
Jesus gave the apostles power, with the keys of the kingdom, to bind and loose (see also 18:18f) where? ____________________________ Therefore, at least for now, the kingdom of heaven is where? ________ ________________________________________
Matthew 18:15-17 - If two brothers have major problems with each other, who are they to go to for help to reconcile? _________________ ________________________________________ If one or both refuses to make things right, how are the Christians to treat him/her until they make things right with each other? _____________________
Acts 2:41, 47 - The infant church spent its time learning the apostles' teachings (studying the Bible), and what other three religious things? ______________ ___________________________________________________________________
"Their number" is translated "church" elsewhere. Who adds people to the church? ___________
Acts 5:11 - If the church is the building, could it be fearful? _______________
Acts 7:38 - The word translated "assembly" is translated "church" elsewhere. Technically, that is what church means - a called-out assembly.
Acts 8:1-3 - Rather than stay and face the persecution, all Christians but the apostles did what? _____________________________________________. Therefore, does God expect us to stay and take the persecution if we don't have to? _____________________
Acts 9:31 - Was the church one body of people in one location? ___________
Acts 11:22-26 - Technically, what is a member of Jesus' church called? ______________________. Therefore, are non-Christians who "go to church" actually in the church? ______________
Acts 12:1-5 - Although previously all Christians left Jerusalem except the Apostles, by now they'd converted more to Christianity. When the apostles' lives were threatened, the church came together to what? __________________________________________________
Acts 13:1-3 - The leaders (prophets and teachers) of the young church in Antioch did what together besides worship and fast together? ______________ ________________________________
Acts 14:23-27 - Even though the church was quite young, Paul and Barnabas appointed what to be in charge of local congregations? ________________ __________________________________
Acts 15:2-4 - As long as the apostles were in Jerusalem and the New Testament was not written yet, there was an earthly headquarters. This ended when the apostles died and we got a written New Testament.
Acts 15:22 - What two groups made a final decision for the church in Jerusalem? ______________________ _____________________________________
Acts 15:40-41; 16:4-5 - After Paul started churches in several towns, he periodically returned to help set things straight for them and strengthen them. Since we know Jesus only founded one church, we can interpret "churches" to be congregations.
Acts 18:22 - As soon as Paul arrived in a city, he immediately went out and met the ___________________ there.
Acts 20:17, 28 - Paul told who they were to be overseers of the church? ______________________.
Romans 16:1 - Phoebe was a servant, also called what (see footnote)? ___________________________ Since there are no qualifications for the title of deaconess in the Bible, she was only performing a servant function, but not as an office holder.
Romans 16:5, 23 - All early churches (congregations) met where? ____________________________
Romans 16:16 - The first title given to the church was what? _______________________________________
1 Corinthians 1:2 - Paul said the church consisted of those _________________________ in Christ Jesus. Sanctified means saved. Therefore, you are in the church if you have done what to be saved (1 Peter 3:21)? _________________________________________. Therefore, are unbaptized people in the church? ________
1 Cor. 4:17 - Since Jesus only founded one church, what do we today call different groups of the one church in various cities? _____________________ _________________________________________
1 Cor. 6:1-4 - Christians in Corinth were not getting along, and some were suing each other. Paul said they should appoint men of _________________________ account in the church because they'd be better than the best government-appointed judge.
1 Cor. 7:17-24 - Paul said that whatever occupation a person held when converted, they should do what? ________________ _________________________________________________________________
1 Cor. 10:32 - The second title given to the church was what? _____________________________________
1 Cor. 11:14-16 - Paul said the church should try to go along with society's standards of modesty, but the Bible did not spell it out.
1 Cor. 11:17-22 - The church was meeting and having the Lord's Supper, but they were making a full meal out of it. This indicates that, even though the example Jesus gave us was perfect, people are not ___________.
1 Cor. 12:27-28 - People in the one church are in the one what of Christ? ______________________ How did they get in his body (Galatians 3:27)? ____________________________________ Therefore, if they have not been baptized, are they in the body/church of Christ? ___________________
1 Cor. 14:4, 5 - We are to _______________________________ the church, and ______________________ up the church (v. 12), and ___________________________ the church (v. 26).
1 Cor. 14:23 - Paul inferred that the whole church (baptized believers) should come _____________________ as a group.
1 Cor. 14:28 - If a person cannot build up the church they are to keep what while with them? ____________
1 Cor. 14:34-35 - Women are more likely than men to investigate all the facts about something. Knowledge is power. Therefore, women are to let loose of some of that power where? _____________________________
1 Cor. 15:9 - Whenever Paul gives the church a full name, does he capitalize the word church? __________ Is it the people of the church who are perfect, or God? _____________________
1 Cor. 16:1-2 - The church is to meet on which day of the week, partly to take up a collection for the needy? ______________________ ____________________________________________________
1 Cor. 16:19 - What husband and wife hosted the church in their house? _____________________________
2 Cor. 1:1 - The church is made up of who? _________________________________ Therefore, are saints live Christians or dead Christians?
2 Cor. 8:1-4 - Even though Christians in the church in Macedonia were poor, they pleaded for the _________ _________________________________ of helping poor saints elsewhere. When people see a need, they come up with as much as they can. They don't need to be told to tithe.
2 Cor. 8:18-24 - According to verse 19, several churches (congregations) chose representatives to carry their ____________________________________ and administer it to the poor Christians in Judea.
2 Cor. 11:8 - Several congregations went together to support a missionary, Paul, so he could preach to other congregations _____________________ of charge.
2 Cor. 11:28 - How often did Paul feel the pressures and burdens of the congregations/churches? __________
2 Cor. 12:13-14 - Paul was going to visit the troubled church in Corinth a third time, but said he did not want their ___________________________________ (money).
Gal. 1:2 - The province of Galatia in Turkey had several churches/congregations.
Gal. 1:13, 22f - Paul previously did what to the churches? _________________________ What was his religion at that time? _______________________________________. Therefore, should we give up on trying to teach people who oppose the true church? __________________
Eph. 1:22 - God placed Jesus as head of the church, which is also Jesus' ___________________.
Eph. 3:9-11 - This tells why the world was created. It was so that God's wisdom would be understood by rulers where? _______________ ________________________________________________________________________. Wow! They're watching us from the spirit world!
NOTE: A study of the words wisdom and mystery reveal that it is forgiveness by God. Apparently, not only does Satan not understand forgiveness, but God's own angels don't.
Eph. 3:21 - We glorify God through the _____________________________. If the church has not come together to work together, can it glorify God? ________________________________
Eph. 5:23-32 - Since Jesus is head of the body which is the church, he is a husband to the church, thus making the church Jesus' what? __________________ _____________________________________________.
Therefore, what is the New Jerusalem that came (yes, already came, past tense) out of heaven (Revelation 21:2)? _______________________ _________________________________________________
Phil. 3:4-6 - Paul was a very religious as a Jew. Can religious people persecute the church and think they're helping God? __________________ _______________________________
Phil. 4:15 - Did Paul insist other congregations help him do his missionary work, or just take what he could get? _____________________________________
Col. 1:18, 24 - According to verse 23, can someone fall away from the church of Christ? ________________
Col. 4:15 - We've seen churches in the houses of men and couples, this church met in the house of a _____________________________.
Col. 4:16 - Did the various congregations of the church of Christ know about each other? __________ Did they cooperate with each other and help each other? _________________________ Did they rule over each other? _____________________
1 Thess. 1:1 - If a person is in God and in Jesus, they are in the what? ________________________
1 Thess. 2:14 - Did some congregations serve as examples to other congregations? __________________ How do you think congregations can find each other and keep in touch with each other? _____________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________
2 Thess. 1:1,4 - Paul, who traveled among the congregations, told what the others were doing? Did he tell the bad parts about those congregations or the good parts? _____________________________________________
1 Timothy 3:1-5 - Elders/overseers should consider the church their own what? ________________________
1 Timothy 3:15 - The church of God is to serve as the foundation of what to the world? ________________ If there are several Christians in an area that do not meet together, how are people supposed to know what the truth in living form is like? ____________________________________________
1 Timothy 5:16 - If a widow does not have a family to support her, who is to support her? ________________
Philemon 2, 16 - The church met in the home of a slave owner. Did Paul tell Philemon he had to free his slaves? __________________
Hebrews 2:12 - What else are we to do in our congregation? Sing, play, or both? _____________
Hebrews 12:23 - People in the one church of Christ are on the roll books where? ____________________
James 5:14 - Are elders to confine their work to administrative duties? ___________ What else are they to do? ____________________________________
3 John 6-8 - Are preachers to get their pay from non-believers? ____________________________
3 John 9-10 - Leaders who want to elevate themselves will often have nothing to do with the writings of the apostles. Instead they will __________________________ maliciously about anyone who does, and even refuse to acknowledge them as Christians. They will even put people out of the _______________ to maintain their leadership.
Rev. 1:4, 11, 20 - This and the following verses (Rev. 2:1, 7-8; 11-12; 17-18, 23, 29
Rev. 3:1, 6-7, 14) refer to congregations made up of baptized believers, but they weren't perfect. Some were quite bad, but God still called them his churches. But he warned them at, even though they began as good Christians, he could still do what to them (see for instance 2:5)? _____________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Rev. 22:16 - The Bible ends with a personal word from Jesus, our groom, who can't wait to be united with us forever in heaven. He says, "Yes, _____________ ___________________________________________________!" And the church replies, "Amen! __________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________."
THIS IS IT. THIS IS ALL THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE CHURCH.
HOW WE HAVE COMPLICATED IT TODAY! IT WAS SO SIMPLE. DYNAMIC IN ITS SIMPLICITY.