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The Master’s College 2015-2016 Catalog

6

THE COLLEGE

12:12-13), the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2;

Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-8), of which

Christ is the Head (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians

1:18).

We teach that the formation of the church, the body

of Christ, began on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21,

38-47) and will be completed at the coming of Christ

for His own at the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51-52;

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

We teach that the church is thus a unique spiritual

organism designed by Christ, made up of all born-

again believers in this present age (Ephesians 2:11-

3:6). The church is distinct from Israel (1 Corinthians

10:32), a mystery not revealed until this age (Ephe­

sians 3:1-6; 5:32).

We teach that the establishment and continuity of

local churches is clearly taught and defined in the

New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:23, 27; 20:17, 28;

Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2

Thessalonians 1:1) and that the members of the one

scriptural body are directed to associate themselves

together in local assemblies (1 Corinthians 11:18-20;

Hebrews 10:25).

We teach that the one supreme authority for the

church is Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22;

Colossians 1:18) and that church leadership, gifts,

order, discipline, and worship in the church are all

appointed through His sovereignty as found in the

Scriptures. The biblically-designated officers serving

under Christ and over the assembly are elders (males,

who are also called bishops, pastors, and pastor-

teachers; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11) and deacons,

both of whom must meet biblical qualifications (1

Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5).

We teach that these leaders rule as servants of

Christ (1 Timothy 5:17-22) and have His authority in

directing the church. The congregation is to submit

to their leadership (Hebrews 13:7, 17).

We teach the importance of discipleship (Matthew

28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2), mutual accountability of

all believers to each other (Matthew 18:5-14), as well

as the need for discipline for sinning members of the

congregation in accord with the standards of Scrip­

ture (Matthew 18:15-22; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians

5:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; 1 Timothy 1:19-20;

Titus 1:10-16).

We teach the autonomy of the local church, free from

any external authority or control, with the right of

self-government and freedom from the interference

of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations

(Titus 1:5). We teach that it is scriptural for true

churches to cooperate with each other for the

presentation and propagation of the faith. Local

churches, however, through their pastors and their

interpretation and application of Scripture, should be

the sole judges of the measure and method of their

cooperation (Acts 15:19-31; 20:28; 1 Corinthians

5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

We teach that the purpose of the church is to glorify

God (Ephesians 3:21) by building itself up in the faith

(Ephesians 4:13-16), by instruction of the Word (2

Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-17), by fellowship (Acts 2:47;

1 John 1:3), by keeping the ordinances (Luke 22:19;

Acts 2:38-42) and by advancing and communicating

the gospel to the entire world (Matthew 28:19; Acts

1:8; 2:42).

We teach the calling of all saints to the work of

service (1 Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 4:12;

Revelation 22:12).

We teach the need of the church to cooperate

with God as He accomplishes His purpose in the

world. To that end, He gives the church spiritual

gifts. First, He gives men chosen for the purpose

of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry

(Ephesians 4:7-12) and He also gives unique and

special spiritual abilities to each member of the body

of Christ (Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; 1

Peter 4:10-11).

We teach that there were two kinds of gifts given the

early church: miraculous gifts of divine revelation

and healing, given temporarily in the apostolic era

for the purpose of confirming the authenticity of

the apostles’ message (Hebrews 2:3-4; 2 Corinthians

12:12); and ministering gifts, given to equip believers

for edifying one another. With the New Testament

revelation now complete, Scripture becomes the

sole test of the authenticity of a man’s message,

and confirming gifts of a miraculous nature are no

longer necessary to validate a man or his message