|Lesson 12 Page 4
(1) The true word “Church” does not mean a building.
(2) “The Church” is a called out “body of believers”.
(3) “The Church” is made up of every born again believer from the day of Pentecost until the last soul is saved before the rapture (or going up to heaven of the church) at Christ’s second coming.
(4) There are visible local assemblies called “the Church of Athens”, etc. or the Church in so and so’s home.
(5) The simplest form of a church is where two or three believers gathered together in His (Christ’s) name.
(6) The Church has only two ordinances - Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
(7) Baptism (“Baptizo”) means “going under” or immersion.
(8) Baptism does not save.
(9) Baptism is a picture of the believer buried in the likeness of Christ’s death. Coming up out of the water, pictures Christ’s resurrection. Thus, we are raised to walk in newness of life.
(10) Baptism is done as early in our Christian lives as possible, and is for a testimony of what has happened inside.
(11) The Lord’s Supper is to be observed with other Christians all through our Christian lives.
(12) Its purpose is twofold – to remind us of Christ’s death. His body symbolized by the broken bread; the wine - His poured out blood. It also keeps us looking forward to His coming again.
(13) It is dangerous to come to the Lord’s Supper with unconfessed
sin in our hearts and lives.