Hello Kitchen Table Theology Family! We’re your hosts, Jen Denton, and Pastor Jeff Cranston. Today is our first episode of a new series on the Church. The Doctrine of the Church is also known as the doctrine of Ecclesiology. And over the course of this series, we will delve into seven snapshots of what the New Testament teaches us about the church. The NT says that the Church is a flock, a fellowship, a body, a bride, a family, as God’s House, and a priesthood.
[04:11] The Meaning of Ecclesiology
Ecclesiology is a theological term used to refer to the church. Meaning both “a called out group” and “belonging to the Lord”
[07:40] The Church Is a Flock
Arguably Jesus' favorite description of the church, the flock of God is one of the most practical illustrations of Christ and the church (see scripture mentioned below) The illustration that people are sheep may not be flattering, but the Word of God consistently refers to the church as a flock of sheep who need provision, particularly the provision of spiritual food.”Three terms that are used in the NT to refer to the same church leaderPoimen - Where Jesus says to Peter, "Take care of My sheep" that's the word poimen, it's the word pastor. Pastor means to take care of a flockPresbuteros - "elder" in Greek. "Presbyterian" comes from this, referring to spiritual maturity, not physical maturityEpiscopos - means a spiritual manager, supervisor, overseer. It refers to the managing aspects of church leadershipWe must remember all church leaders serve under Jesus Christ
[21:43] Closing Up
Final words from Jen and Pastor JeffEmail your questions for our upcoming Q&A to email@example.com or stay tuned to our Instagram @pastorjeffcranston
“The sheep can provide nothing for itself and can only prosper as it follows the direction of the shepherd. Its only obligation is to submit to His leading and authority. Thus, the church is directed as the flock of God to submit to his authority and that of the chief Shepherd.” - Dr. Robert Saucy
“And those of us, like me, we readily acknowledge that we serve under the one Great and Chief Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Pastor Jeff Cranston
Luke 12:32Acts 20:281 Peter 5:1-3John 10:16Hebrews 13:171 Peter 5:1-2Acts 20:17-38
The Church in God’s Program by Robert L. Saucy
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