COLLEGE OF THE OPEN BIBLE
Consummation of The Church
Everyone likes a story that has a happy ending. The story of the Church has such a happy ending! The Bridegroom gets the Bride and together they live happily ever after! The glorious destiny of the Church is as follows:
It is a joy for believers to experience the blessed necessity of serving Christ in a local New Testament Church! Support the Church with your prayers and giving of your self for the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
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Conception of The Church. When and where did the Church actually begin? The Day of Pentecost marked the beginning of the Church seems evident for the following reasons:
The Lord spoke of the church as being future: ...and upon this rock I will build my church... Matthew 16:18b. This apparently means that the church did not exist in Old Testament times.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is essential to the functioning of the church. It is built on the Gospel for a very important reason: by the Gospel (or because of the Gospel), Jesus Christ ascended back to the Father which was necessary for the sending of the Holy Ghost: Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:7.
This had to happen in order to baptize believers into the body of Christ which allows the exercise of the gifts for the proclamation of the Gospel. The church being built on the Gospel (which provided for the ascension of Christ that we would be indwelt by the Holy Ghost) makes it distinctive to this age.
The principal evidence that the Church began on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem, concerns the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit. The Lord declared that this particular and distinctive ministry of the Spirit was still future just before His ascension: For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Acts 1:5.
Since this work of the Holy Spirit first occurred on the day of Pentecost, then the conclusion seems obvious that the church, the body of Christ, began on the day of Pentecost.