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Lesson 16

The Establishment Of The Church Of Christ


1. The church was first prophesied by God through His prophets in the Old Testament. "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a ____________, which shall never be ____________: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand _______ _________" (Dan.2:44).

2. When Jesus began His ministry, He proclaimed the kingdom was near. He said, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is _____ _________: repent ye, and believe the gospel" (Mark 1:15).

3. Near the end of Jesus' earthly ministry, He promised to build His church. He told Peter, "... That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I ________ build ____ __________" (Mat. 16:18). He also addressed the church as the kingdom in the following verse (:19). Therefore, the kingdom equals the church.

4. Jesus promised to build His church during the life-time of the apostles. "And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of ________, till they have seen the kingdom of God _______ with ___________" (Mark 9:1).

5. After Jesus had resurrected from the dead, He instructed the apostles, saying, "But ye shall receive ________, after that the _______ _________ is come upon you ..." (Acts 1:8). So, the kingdom would come when the apostles received power from the Holy Spirit.

6. On the day of Pentecost (33 A.D.), the power of the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles as Jesus had promised (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4). Therefore, the church was established on that day. "... And the Lord added to the ________ such as should be saved" (Acts 2:47).

7. The means of entrance into the church is by one's submission to the Great Commission Baptism. "For by one Spirit are we all __________ into one body (The body is the church, Eph. 1:22-23)" (1 Cor. 12:13). So, about three thousand men were admitted by God into the church of Christ on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:36-41).

Conclusion: After the day of Pentecost, the inspired writers described the Kingdom or the church of Christ was as in existence (Col. 1:13). "I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and ____ the ____________ and patience of Jesus Christ..." (Rev. 1:9).


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Updated July 1, 1999