Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 26

Lesson 26:  The Marks and Government of the Church

(The Characteristics of the Church)
1. The three marks of the Church are:
a. Preaching and Evangelism
b. Exercise of Discipline
c. Administration of the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion


2. Preaching and evangelism are the main business of the church. The Word is preached in the church for the upbuilding and the establishing of the saints, the believers.


3. The church should instruct, warn against error, and safeguard its members against heresy.


4. Evangelism is the second objective of the church. It is the task of the Christian Church to preach/witness to those who are unbelievers. It is the work of the church to preach the gospel to those who are outside in order that they may be convinced and convicted of sin, that they may be led to a living, vital faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


5. The second mark of the church is discipline (which is neglected in most churches today–this is why the church is in its present state; i.e., dwindling congregations, lack of power and lack of influence upon the lives of men and women). Matthew 18:15-17; Romans 16:17, 1 Corinthians 5, 2 Corinthians 2: 5-10, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15, Titus 3:10, 2 John 10.


6. Church discipline must be exercised with respect to doctrine. The church must take a stand against false doctrine.


7. Inconsistency or a sinful lifestyle on the part of a believer does considerable harm to the cause of Christ. It does not matter how orthodox a person may be if they are not controlling and discipling themselves, their temper, their desires and passions, their lusts; they are in word and action denying the faith they preach. This causes them to be an obstacle and an offense to those outside the church.


8. The third mark of the Church is the true administration of the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion.


Key Thought: We must be concerned with church purity. A church mixed up with the world can’t be a channel of the Holy Spirit.


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