Lesson 29: The Church: The Identity of the Church


Read Know the Truth: Chapter 23: The Church: The Identity of the Church (Pages 283-297)

Questions for Discussion

1. Examine the relationship between the individual and the community in the experience of salvation in (a) the OT, (b) the NT.

2. Explore the primary biblical images for the church, identifying what each has to teach about (a) God and his attitude to us, (b) the privileges of the church, (c) the responsibilities of the church, (d) the church’s mission in the world.

3. Discuss the value and dangers of the distinction between the visible and invisible church.

4. Take the ‘marks’ of unity, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity and examine with respect to each (a) the biblical basis, (b) the application to your local church and Christian group, (c) the application to the church worldwide.

5. How biblical and relevant are the Reformers’ ‘marks of the church’?

6. Do you agree with the claim that mission belongs to the essence of the church? Justify your answer from Scripture. If so, examine the implications for the present weekly programme of activities at your local church.

Milne, Bruce (2012-11-28). Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief (pp. 296-297). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.

Scripture Reading, Scripture Memory and Catechism

Please visit emmauscf.org/passages to view a suggested Bible reading plan, suggested scripture memory verse, and Emmaus’ catechism. Once there, please select the appropriate week of the year.

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