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Author: Ron Graham

The Ancient Order

Chart 4, The Church
—The ancient order (The Way)

One of six charts analyzing the ancient order revealed in the gospel of Christ.

10 God gathers his children in Christ


All Christ's disciples are one people (John 17:21)
(1) One body of Christ under one Head (Ephesians 4:3-6, Colossians 1:18)
(2) One kingdom under one King (Colossians 1:13-15, Revelation 19:6)
(3) One sheepfold under one Shepherd (John 10:14-16)

11 Christ's church is visible in the world


Congregating from place to place (Romans 16:16)
(1) Local church purchased by Christ (Acts 20:28, 1Corinthians 1:2)
(2) Governed locally under Christ (Titus 1:5, 1Peter 5:1-4)
(3) The Lord's Supper each Lord's Day (Acts 2:42, Acts 20:7)

12 Christ's church is the pillar of truth


They bear his testimony to mankind (Romans 1:16)
(1) Spread the gospel —Great Commission (Mark 16:15-16)
(2) Practise the gospel —New Covenant (John 14:15, Galatians 6:2)
(3) Defend the gospel —One Faith (Jude 1:3, Philippians 1:7, 1Timothy 3:15)

"Rightly dividing the word of truth" (2Timothy 2:15).

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