Join us as we address the important topics concerning the layout, applications and instructions in the Bible. During our time, we stress the importance of rightly dividing scripture (2Tim2:15) in order to preach the gospel of Christ (Rom1:16; 2Tim1:9-10), the preaching of the glorious mystery of the cross (1Cor1:17-18; 2:6-8; Gal6:14), affording salvation sent to all men freely by God’s grace (Rom3:21-26; 1Tim2:4-6) in this dispensation of God’s grace (Eph3:1-9; Rom16:25-26; Col1:25-26), clearly.
Most readers of the Bible only identify one church in the Bible. When taking the Bible literally and with progressive revelation understood, the passages of Acts 7, Matthew 16, Acts 2 and 8, one learns very quickly the following lineup:
- Wilderness Church (OT Israel) – with Moses in the wilderness (Act7:31)
- Jerusalem Church (NT Israel) – begins with Christ and the disciples (Mt16:18) and is added to at Pentecost through Stephen’s stoning (Ac2-7). This Jewish remnant church is scattered by Saul of Tarsus upon Stephen’s stoning (Ac8:1).
- The Body of Christ Church (Not Israel) – begins with Christ’s revelation of the mystery body, the new creature consisting of neither Jew nor Gentile, by the blood of Christ, apart from Israel and their covenants – rather, through Israel’s fall (Ac9; Rom11:11, 25-32; 16:25-26; Eph2:15; 3:1-12; Col1:24-26; 1Tim1:16).
Just as the Old Testament does not begin at Genesis 1:1, and the New Testament does not begin at Matthew 1:1; neither does the church the body of Christ begin at Pentecost with Peter – it begins in Acts 9 with the revelation of the mystery of Christ to Paul.