Is the church a doctrine found in the Old Testament?

In what way can the church be defined and distinguished as both an organism and an organization?
• In what way should the church be described as revolutionary?
• Is the church a doctrine found in the Old Testament?
• How does the term “church” (ecclesia) relate to the concept of “called out ones?”
• In what way does the phrase “upon this rock” have a dual meaning?
• What does the term “dispensation” mean?
• On what basis are people from all dispensations saved?
• Why should the synagogue not be seen as a “blueprint” for the church?
• How should the word “church” be defined when used in a non-technical way?
• Can the word “church,” when used in the technical sense, refer to an “unassembled” assembly?
• If so, then in what way are the “unassembled” still an assembly?
• What is the most-used analogy of the church in the Bible?
• In regards to the “temple” analogy, to what do the 3 sections of the building (foundation, cornerstone, and building blocks) refer?
• What is the major teaching in regards to the picture of the bride and the groom (as an analogy depicting the relationship of Christ to his bride, the church)?
• Understand that the church is a body of priests, and be able to distinguish between the role of the Old Testament priest and the function of the New Testament believer as a priest.
• Know that the family of God picture emphasizes a very important aspect of unity within the church: the bringing together of Jews and Gentiles into one family of God.
• What 2 ordinances is the local church to administer?
• To what does the local church put itself under for the purpose of discipline?
• Is the local church an assembly of professing believers, or actual believers only?
• Understand the actual body view of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and be familiar with the other views explaining the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
• Be familiar with the various views concerning when the church began.
• What view does the textbook hold for the beginning of the church?
Rivera: Chapter 10
• Be familiar with the discussion about Samaria, and identify the examples of specific countries that the author discusses.
• Who does Rivera cite as an author who discusses the subject of suffering? What does this author have to say?

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