by Stan Coffey

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The Fundamentals of the Church (3 of 6)
Series: The Church
Stan Coffey
Ephesians 4:4-6

This morning I would like to invite your attention to Ephesians 4:4, Paul's letter to the Ephesians. I want to speak to you this morning on the subject of "The Fundamentals of the Church." You remember that we have been preaching about the doctrine of the church and what the church is and what God has to say in His Word about the church. We have talked about the founder of the church, the Lord Jesus, who said upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And there are those who say the church is on its way out but I want to tell you, the church is on its way up. Jesus is the founder of the church.

And we talked last week about the foundation of the church. The Bible says that the church is built on the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone. That means the church is built on the Holy Scripture, the infallible Word of God, God gave us through the apostles and prophets.

Now today, we want to talk about the fundamentals of the church. I want to share with you seven fundamental truths that a body of believers must embrace if they are to be a New Testament church. If you are to be a New Testament believer then you must embrace these seven pillars of truth. If we were to remove any one of these seven pillars of truth then we would cease to be a New Testament church in the biblical sense. So the fundamentals are very, very important.

I know today that the world fundamentalist is a word that usually denotes some kind of person who is a backwoods sort of person without any formal education who simply cannot grasp the theological truth, a radical kind of person who in his faith is not all that he ought to be and he is not in the main stream of things. But I want to tell you; I am a fundamentalist in the sense that I believe in the fundamentals of our faith. And I believe it is important to b ...

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