Christ and the Church (Truth Lectures 2023)
The studies contained in this volume were prepared in connection with the 2023 Truth Lectures, delivered in Athens, Alabama, July 17-20, 2023 on the campus of the Athens Bible School. This lectureship first developed as an opportunity for members of the board of directors and advisers of Truth Publications, Inc. and the staff of the CEI Bookstore (which it operates) to study and encourage one another while together for their summer board meetings. Over time, this expanded and has grown into a public event welcomed and anticipated in the Athens area and by Christians throughout the United States and beyond via live stream.
ISBN 10: 1-58427-564-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-58427-564-0
Publisher: Truth Publications, Inc.
Christ and the Church, edited by Mark Mayberry and Kyle Pope. The establishment of His church was a stated intention of Christ while on the earth (Matt. 16:18). This was in keeping with the eternal plan of God (Eph. 3:9-11). This body of faithful believers purchased by the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28) is honored to be considered the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:24-32). How important it is that those who seek to follow Jesus in spirit and truth appreciate and value the role this assembly of His people should have in service to Him. May the studies that are offered in this book prove beneficial in accomplishing that goal.
Edited by Mark Mayberry and Kyle Pope
Table of Contents
Preface by Kyle Pope
Introduction: “The Manifold Wisdom of God”, by Mark Mayberry
Christ, Our Savior, Lord, and Teacher
The Church and Her Savior (Eph. 5:23), by Kyle Pope
The Church and Her Lord (Acts 2:32-36), by Stephen Russell
The Church and Her Teacher (Matt. 23:8-10), by Jesse Flowers
The Identity of God’s People
Chosen of God (Eph. 1:4), by Marshall McDaniel
Family of God (Eph. 3:15), by Justin Monts
Kingdom of God (Col. 1:13-18), by Sean Cavender
Is There a Pattern for the Local Church?
Is There a Pattern?, by Jeff Wilson
Pattern for the Organization and Work of the Local Church, by Danny Linden
Pattern for the Worship of the Local Church, by David Dann
Unspotted from the World
Restoration: Then and Now, by Brent Forsyth
Dealing with Cultural Influences, by Kyle Campbell
Dealing with Denominational Influences, by Joe Price
Working Together: Men’s Studies
Promoting Unity within the Local Church (Eph. 4:1-6), by Mark Mayberry
Encouraging Accountability and Discipline in the Local Church, by Jim Deason
Developing Spiritual Leadership within the Local Church (2 Tim. 2:2), by Max Dawson
Working Together: Women’s Studies
Promoting Unity within the Local Church (Eph. 4:1-6), by Deborah Williams
Encouraging Accountability and Discipline in the Local Church, by Donna Keith
Developing Spiritual Leadership within the Local Church (2 Tim. 2:2), by Sherelyn Mayberry
Appendix: The Church of Christ
Its Origin, by Mike Willis
Its Head, by Daniel H. King, Sr.
Its Organization, by Gary Watt
Its Work, by Scott Willis
Its Worship, by Steve Wolfgang
Its Membership, by Tom Mitchell