Church in the Bible

(Hebrew: qahal, 'edah; Greek: ekklesia) (The people of God; the collective body of believers. (Also, CONGREGATION, ASSEMBLY, THE BODY OF CHRIST.)) Called COURTS

  • Psalms 65:4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
  • Also Psalms 84:2,10; 92:13; 96:8; 100:4; 116:19; Isaiah 1:12; 62:9; Zechariah 3:7.

Bible Encyclopedia for CHURCH.

HOUSE OF GOD

  • Genesis 28:17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
  • Also Genesis 28:22; Joshua 9:23; Judges 18:31; 20:18,26; 21:2; 1 Chronicles 9:11; 24:5; 2 Chronicles 5:14; 22:12; 24:13; 33:7; 36:19; Ezra 5:8,15; 7:20,23; Nehemiah 6:10; 11:11; 13:11; Psalms 42:4; 52:8; 55:14; 84:10; Ecclesiastes 5:1; Isaiah 2:3; Hosea 9:8; Joel 1:16; Micah 4:2; Zechariah 7:2; Matthew 12:4; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 10:21; 1 Peter 4:17.

Definition of church

HOUSE OF THE LORD

  • Exodus 23:19 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
  • Also Exodus 34:26; Deuteronomy 23:18; Joshua 6:24; Judges 19:18; 1 Samuel 1:7,24; 2 Samuel 12:20; 1 Kings 3:1; 6:37; 7:40; 8:10,63; 10:5; 2 Kings 11:3-4,15,18-19; 12:4,9-10,13,16; 16:18; 20:8; 23:2,7,11; 25:9; 1 Chronicles 6:31; 22:1,11,14; 23:4; 26:12; 2 Chronicles 8:16; 26:21; 29:5,15; 33:15; 34:15; 36:14; Ezra 7:27; Psalms 23:6; 27:4; 92:13; 116:19; 118:26; 122:1,9; 134:1; Isaiah 2:2; 37:14; Jeremiah 17:26; 20:1-2; 26:2,7; 28:1,5; 29:26; 35:2; 36:5-6; 38:14; 41:5; 51:51; Lamentations 2:7; Ezekiel 44:4; Haggai 1:2; Zechariah 8:9.

See also McClintock and Strong Cyclopedia for Church.

SANCTUARY

  • Exodus 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
  • Also Leviticus 19:30; 21:12; Numbers 3:28; 4:12; 7:9; 8:19; 10:21; 18:1,5; 19:20; 1 Chronicles 9:29; 22:19; 24:5; 28:10; 2 Chronicles 20:8; 26:18; 29:21; 30:8,19; Nehemiah 10:39; Psalms 20:2; 28:2; 63:2; 68:24; 73:17; 74:3,7; 77:13; 78:69; 150:1; Isaiah 16:12; 63:18; Lamentations 2:7,20; 4:1; Ezekiel 5:11; 42:20; 44:5,27; 45:3; 48:8,21; Daniel 8:11,13-14; 9:17,26; 11:31; Hebrews 8:2; 9:1-2.

HOUSE OF PRAYER

  • Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
  • Also Matthew 21:13.

TABERNACLE

  • Exodus 26:1 Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.
  • Also Leviticus 26:11; Joshua 22:19; Psalms 15:1; 61:4; 76:2; Hebrews 8:2,5; 9:2,11; Revelation 13:6; 21:3.

TEMPLE

  • 1 Samuel 1:9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
  • Also 1 Samuel 3:3; 2 Kings 11:10,13; Ezra 4:1; Psalms 5:7; 11:4; 27:4; 29:9; 48:9; 68:29; Isaiah 6:1; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 4:5; 23:16; Luke 18:10; 24:53.

ZION

  • Psalms 9:11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
  • Also Psalms 48:11; 74:2; 132:13; 137:1; Isaiah 35:10; Jeremiah 31:6; 50:5; Joel 2:1,15.

HOLY PLACE

  • Exodus 28:29 And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually.
  • Also Exodus 38:24; Leviticus 6:16; 10:17; 14:13; 16:2-24; Joshua 5:15; 1 Kings 8:8; 1 Chronicles 23:32; 2 Chronicles 29:5; 30:27; 35:5; Ezra 9:8; Psalms 24:3; 46:4; 68:17; Ecclesiastes 8:10; Isaiah 57:15; Ezekiel 41:4; 42:13; 45:4; Matthew 24:15; Acts 6:13; 21:28; Hebrews 9:12,25.

HOLY TEMPLE

  • Psalms 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
  • Also Psalms 11:4; 65:4; 79:1; 138:2; Jonah 2:4,7; Micah 1:2; Habakkuk 2:20; Ephesians 2:21; 3:17.

MY FATHER'S HOUSE

  • John 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
  • Also John 14:2.

HOLY

  • Exodus 30:26-29 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.
  • Also Exodus 40:9; Leviticus 8:10-11; 16:13; 19:30; 21:12; Numbers 7:1; 1 Kings 9:3; 1 Chronicles 29:3; 2 Chronicles 3:8; Isaiah 64:11; Ezekiel 23:39; 1 Corinthians 3:17.

EDIFICES

See SYNAGOGUE

See TABERNACLE

See TEMPLE

MISCELLANY OF MINOR SUB-TOPICS

Called THE CONGREGATION in the O. T. (K. J. V. and others)

  • Exodus 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
  • Also Exodus 12:6,19,47; 16:1-2,9-10,22; Leviticus 4:13,15; 10:17; 24:14.

Called CHURCH in the N. T. (K. J. V.), but CONGREGATION earlier in Tyndale's translation

  • Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
  • Also Matthew 18:17; Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 11:18; 14:19,23,28,33-34; 15:9; Galatians 1:13.

Also called

ASSEMBLY OF THE SAINTS

  • Psalms 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.

ASSEMBLY OF THE UPRIGHT

  • Psalms 111:1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

BODY OF CHRIST

  • Ephesians 1:22-23 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
  • Also Colossians 1:24.

BRANCH OF GOD'S PLANTING

  • Isaiah 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

BRIDE OF CHRIST

  • Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

CHURCH OF GOD

  • Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD

  • 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN

  • Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

CITY OF THE LIVING GOD

  • Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

CONGREGATION OF SAINTS

  • Psalms 149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

CONGREGATION OF THE LORD'S POOR

  • Psalms 74:19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

DOVE

  • Song of Solomon 2:14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.
  • Also Song of Solomon 5:2.

FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND EARTH

  • Ephesians 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

FLOCK OF GOD

  • Ezekiel 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.
  • Also 1 Peter 5:2.

FOLD OF CHRIST

  • John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE FIRSTBORN (people)

  • Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

GOLDEN CANDLESTICK (lampstand)

  • Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

GOD'S BUILDING

  • 1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

GOD'S HUSBANDRY (farm)

  • 1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

GOD'S HERITAGE

  • Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
  • Also 1 Peter 5:3.

HABITATION OF GOD

  • Ephesians 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

HEAVENLY JERUSALEM

  • Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
  • Also Hebrews 12:22.

HOLY CITY

  • Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

HOLY MOUNTAIN

  • Zechariah 8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.

HOLY HILL

  • Psalms 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
  • Also Psalms 15:1.

HOUSE OF GOD

  • 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
  • Also Hebrews 10:21.

THE GOD OF JACOB

  • Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

HOUSE OF CHRIST

  • Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

HOUSEHOLD OF GOD

  • Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

INHERITANCE

  • Psalms 28:9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.
  • Also Isaiah 19:25.

ISRAEL OF GOD

  • Galatians 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

KING'S DAUGHTER

  • Psalms 45:13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.

KINGDOM OF GOD

  • Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
  • Also Matthew 12:28; 19:24; 21:31.

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

  • Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
  • Also Matthew 4:17; 10:7; 5:3,10,19-20.

HIS KINGDOM

  • Psalms 103:19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
  • Also Psalms 145:12; Matthew 16:28; Luke 1:33.

MY KINGDOM

  • John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

THY KINGDOM

  • Psalms 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
  • Also Psalms 145:11,13; Matthew 6:10; Luke 23:42.

LAMB'S BRIDE

  • Ephesians 5:22-32 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; ...
  • Also Revelation 22:17.

LAMB'S WIFE

  • Revelation 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
  • Also Revelation 21:9.

LOT OF GOD'S INHERITANCE

  • Deuteronomy 32:9 For the LORD'S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

MOUNT ZION

  • Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD'S HOUSE

  • Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

NEW JERUSALEM

  • Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

PILLAR AND GROUND OF THE TRUTH

  • 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

PLACE OF GOD'S THRONE

  • Ezekiel 43:7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.

PLEASANT PORTION

  • Jeremiah 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

SANCTUARY OF GOD

  • Psalms 114:2 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.

SISTER OF CHRIST

  • Song of Solomon 4:12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
  • Also Song of Solomon 5:2.

SPIRITUAL HOUSE

  • 1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

SPOUSE OF CHRIST

  • Song of Solomon 4:12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
  • Also Song of Solomon 5:1.

STRENGTH AND GLORY OF GOD

  • Psalms 78:61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.

SOUGHT OUT, A CITY NOT FORSAKEN

  • Isaiah 62:12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

THE LORD'S PORTION

  • Deuteronomy 32:9 For the LORD'S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

TEMPLE OF GOD

  • 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD

  • 2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

VINEYARD

  • Jeremiah 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
  • Also Matthew 21:41.

Christ's love for

  • John 10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
  • Also John 10:11-12; Ephesians 5:25-32; Revelation 3:9.

Loved by believers

  • Psalms 87:7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.
  • Also Psalms 137:5; 1 Corinthians 12:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:9.

Is prayed for

  • Psalms 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
  • Also Isaiah 62:6.

Dear to God

  • Isaiah 43:4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

Safe under his care

  • Psalms 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
  • Also Psalms 46:5.

Salt and light of the world

  • Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Militant

  • Song of Solomon 6:10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?
  • Also Philippians 2:25; 2 Timothy 2:3; 4:7; Philemon 1:2.

God defends

  • Psalms 89:18 For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
  • Also Isaiah 4:5; 49:25; Matthew 16:18.

God provides ministers for

  • Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
  • Also Ephesians 4:11-12.

Is glorious

  • Psalms 45:13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
  • Also Ephesians 5:27.

Is clothed in righteousness

  • Revelation 10:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

Believers continually added to, by the Lord

  • Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
  • Also Acts 5:14; 11:24.

Unity of

  • Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
  • Also 1 Corinthians 10:17; 12:12; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:4.

Privileges of

  • Psalms 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
  • Also Psalms 87:5.

Worship of, to be attended

  • Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Harmonious fellowship of

  • Psalms 133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
  • Also John 13:34; Acts 4:32; Philippians 1:4; 2:1; 1 John 3; 4.

Divisions in, to be shunned

  • Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
  • Also 1 Corinthians 1:10; 3:3.

Baptized (immersed) into by one Spirit

  • 1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Ministers commanded to feed

  • Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Is edified by the word

  • Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
  • Also 1 Corinthians 14:4,13; Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 3:16.

The wicked persecute

  • Acts 8:1-3 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. 3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
  • Also 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15.

Not to be despised

  • 1 Corinthians 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

Defiling of, will be punished

  • 1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Extent of, predicted

  • Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
  • Also Ezekiel 17:2; Daniel 2:34-35.

See ECCLESIASTICISM

See JESUS, KINGDOM OF

See MINISTERS

See USURPATION, IN ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS

UNCLASSIFIED SCRIPTURES RELATING TO

  • Deuteronomy 32:9 For the LORD'S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
  • Also Psalms 2:6; 9:11,14; 14:7; 20:2; 46:4-5; 48:1-2,11-13; 50:2; 51:18; 53:6; 65:1; 69:35-36; 74:2; 84:1-10; 87:1-6; 99:2; 102:13-14,16,19-21; 110:2; 111:1; 114:2; 125:1; 126:1-2; 129:5; 132:13-16; 133; 134; 137:1-6; 149:2; Isaiah 1:8,27; 2:3; 4:2-6; 12:6; 14:32; 24:23; 27:2-3; 28:5,16; 31:4-5; 33:5,14,20-24; 35; 40:9-11; 43:1-7,21,25; 44:23; 49:14-17; 52:1-2,7-12; 59:20; 60:1-6,19-21; 61:1-3; 62:1,3,11-12; 66:8,18; Jeremiah 3:14-15; 12:10; 13:11; 31:6-7,12,23; 33:9; 43:7; Joel 2:1,15-17; Zechariah 8:3; Matthew 13:24; 16:18; Acts 7:38; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 3:9; 12:28; 15:9; 2 Corinthians 8:1; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:21-22; 3:15,21; 5:23-27,29; Colossians 1:24; 1 Timothy 3:14-15; Hebrews 3:6; 12:22-23; 1 Peter 2:5; Revelation 1:20; 21:2,11,23.

BACKSLIDDEN

  • Psalms 12:1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
  • Also Psalms 80; Isaiah 1:2-27; 17:9-11; 43:22-28; Jeremiah 2:5-34; 3; 8:5-22; 9:1-3; 10:19-22; 18:11-17; 50:4-7; Ezekiel 2:3-5; 5:5-17; 16:23; Hosea 2; 4; 6; Joel 2; Amos 6; Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 13:6-9; Revelation 2:1-6,12-25; 3:1-4,14-20.

Backslidings of Israel

See sub-topic BACKSLIDING OF ISRAEL, under BACKSLIDERS

See CORRUPTION IN, below

See BACKSLIDERS

BENEFICENCE OF

See BENEFICENCE

See GIVING

See LIBERALITY

CHRIST, HEAD OF

  • Psalms 118:22-23 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
  • Also Isaiah 33:22; 55:4; Matthew 12:6,8; 21:42-43; 23:8,10; Mark 2:28; 12:10; Luke 6:5; 20:17-18; John 13:13; 15:1-8; Acts 2:36; Romans 8:29; 9:5; 1 Corinthians 3:11; 11:3; 12:5; Ephesians 1:10,22-23; 2:20-22; 4:15; 5:23-32; Colossians 1:13,18; 2:10,19; 3:11; Hebrews 3:3,6; 1 Peter 2:7; Revelation 1:13; 2:1,9,12-13,18-19; 3:1,7; 5:6; 21:22-23; 22:16.

See JESUS, KINGDOM OF

CHRISTIAN, DIVINELY ESTABLISHED

  • Matthew 16:15-18 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
  • Also Ephesians 2:20-22; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:15.

CORRUPTION IN

  • Hosea 4:9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
  • Also Micah 3:1-4,9,11; Matthew 21:33-41,45; 23:2-7,13-33; 26:14-16,59-68; Mark 12:1-12; 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6.

See BACKSLIDERS, BACKSLIDING OF ISRAEL

DECREES OF

  • Acts 15:28-29 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; 29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
  • Also Acts 16:4.

DESIGN OF

  • Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
  • Also Romans 9:4; Ephesians 2:20-22; 1 Timothy 3:15.

DISSENSIONS IN

  • 1 Corinthians 1:11-13 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
  • Also 1 Corinthians 3:3-4; 11:18-19; 2 Corinthians 12:20-21.

DUTY OF, TO MINISTERS

  • 1 Corinthians 16:10-11 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do. 11 Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.
  • Also Philippians 2:29; 4:10-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:7,17.

See MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT OF, MOSAIC AND CHRISTIAN

  • Deuteronomy 17:8-13 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose; 9 And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and inquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment: 10 And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the LORD shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee: 11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left. ...
  • Also Matthew 16:19; Luke 9:46-48; 22:24-30; John 20:23; Acts 1:15,23-26; 6:2-3,5-6; 11:22,29-30; 13:1,3,5; 14:23; 15:1-31; 16:4-5; 20:17,28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 11:2,33-34; 12:5,28; 14:26,33,40; 16:3,16; 2 Corinthians 2:2-11; Galatians 2:9-10; Ephesians 4:11-12; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 4:14; 5:1,22; 2 Timothy 1:6; Titus 1:5; Hebrews 13:17,24; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 5:1-3; 3 John 1:9-10; Jude 1:22-23.

See MINISTERS, DUTIES OF

RULES OF DISCIPLINE IN, MOSAIC AND CHRISTIAN

  • Genesis 17:14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
  • Also Exodus 12:15; 30:33,37-38; Leviticus 7:27; 17:8-9; 19:5-8; 20:18; 22:3; Numbers 9:13; 15:31; 19:13,20; Deuteronomy 13:12-18; 17:2-13; 19:16-21; 21:1-9,18-21; 22:13-29; Ezra 10; Matthew 16:19; 18:15-18; John 9:22,34-35; 16:2; 20:23; Romans 14:1; 15:1-3; 16:17; 1 Corinthians 4:19,21-5:1; 5:2,4-7,11-13; 16:22; 2 Corinthians 2:6-8,10-11; 6:14-15; 7:8; 10:1-11; 13:1-2,10; Galatians 5:10,12; 6:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14-15; 1 Timothy 1:19-20; 5:1-2,19-20; 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:13; 2:15; 3:10-11; 2 John 1:10-11; Jude 1:22-23; Revelation 22:19.

See EXCOMMUNICATION

See MINISTERS, DUTIES OF

LOVE FOR

  • Psalms 102:14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.
  • Also Psalms 122:6,9; 128:5-6; 137:1-6; Isaiah 22:4; 58:12; 62:1,6-7; 66:10,13-14; Jeremiah 9:1; 14:17; 51:50-51; Lamentations 2:11; 3:48-51.

MEMBERSHIP IN

  • Isaiah 44:5 One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel.
  • Also Ezekiel 44:6-7,9; Matthew 12:50; 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16; John 15:5-6; Acts 2:41,47; 4:4; 5:14; 9:35,42; 11:21; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 12:12-28; Ephesians 4:25; 5:30; Philippians 4:3; Revelation 21:27.

See RIGHTEOUS, DESCRIBED

PROPHECIES CONCERNING PROSPERITY OF

  • Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
  • Also Genesis 49:10; Deuteronomy 32:21; Psalms 2:8; 22:27-31; 46:4,10; 65:2; 66:4; 68:31-32; 69:35-36; 72; 85:10-12; 86:9; 87:4; 89:1-37; 96; 102:13-16,18-22; 110; 113:3; 118:24; 126:5-6; 132:15-17; 138:4-5; 145:10-11; Isaiah 2:2-5; 4:2-3,5-6; 9:1-7; 11:1-10; 18:7; 19:24-25; 23:17-18; 24:16; 25:6-8; 29:18-24; 30:20; 32; 33:5,13-24; 35; 40:4-11; 41:17-20; 42:1-12; 44:3-5; 45:6,8,14,23-24; 46:12-13; 49:6-12,18-23; 51:3-16; 52; 53:10-12; 54; 55; 56:3-8; 59:19-21; 60; 61; 62; 65; 66:7-23; Jeremiah 3:17; 4:2; 16:19-21; 31:7-9,34; 33:22; Ezekiel 17:22-24; 34:23-31; 47:1-12; Daniel 2:35,44-45; 7:13-14,18,22,27; 12; Joel 2:26-32; 3:18; Amos 9:11-12; Micah 4:1-7; 5:2-15; Habakkuk 2:14; Zephaniah 2:11; 3:9-20; Haggai 2:7-9; Zechariah 2:10-11; 6:15; 8:20-23; 9:1,9-17; 14:8-21; Malachi 1:11; Matthew 8:11; 11:5,11; 13:16-17,31-33; 16:18; Mark 4:26-32; Luke 7:22; John 8:35; 10:16; Acts 2:16-21; Romans 1:5-7; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:10; Hebrews 12:23-24,27-28; Revelation 5:10,13-14; 11:15; 12:10; 15:4; 20:4-6; 21:9-27; 22:1-5.

See JESUS, KINGDOM OF

LIST OF CONGREGATIONS OF CHRISTIANS

Antioch

  • Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

Asia

  • 1 Corinthians 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
  • Also Revelation 1:4.

Babylon

  • 1 Peter 5:13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.

Cenchrea

  • Romans 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

Caesarea

  • Acts 18:22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.

Cilicia

  • Acts 15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

Corinth

  • 1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

Ephesus

  • Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
  • Also Revelation 2:1.

Galatia

  • Galatians 1:2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

Galilee

  • Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Jerusalem

  • Acts 15:4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.

Joppa

  • Acts 9:42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

Judaea

  • Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Laodicea

  • Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Pergamos

  • Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

Philadelphia

  • Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

Samaria

  • Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Sardis

  • Revelation 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Smyrna

  • Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

Syria

  • Acts 15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

Thessalonica

  • 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thyatira

  • Revelation 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

UNITY OF

  • Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
  • Also John 10:16; 17:11,21-23; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 10:17; 12:5,12-27; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 1:10; 2:14-19,21; 3:6,15; 4:4-6,12-13,16,25; Colossians 3:11,15.

See ECCLESIASTICISM

TRIUMPHANT

  • Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
  • Also Hebrews 12:22-23; Revelation 3:12; 21:3,10.
 
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