Sunday, December 06, 2009

Marcelo Souza's class on the church

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I was too ill to attend church this morning so I have been listening to some more of Marcelo Souza's Sunday school class on the meaning, marks and function of the church.
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In addition to being an excellent communicator, Marcelo Souza's has a particular gift at being able to link together all the themes of redemption history, showing their culmination in the work of Christ and His church. The class, which is all available for download HERE addresses issues related to the Church – its marks, mission, nurture, gifts, government, structure, relation to the State, and more. What is the Church? How is it to glorify God? What distinctions need to be made, and what distortions should be corrected? What is its primary function – nurture or evangelism?
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Souza also shows how unbiblical are the dispensational ideas about the Jews, as well as the popular notion that you can have God as your Father without having the Church as your Mother. Following are the different sessions:
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The Identity of the Church: The Church in Relation to the Trinity
Rev. Marcelo Souza, Sunday 4/08/07: The 1st class in a series on Ecclesiology

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The Identity of the Church: Issues of Continuity and Discontinuity
Rev. Marcelo Souza, Sunday 4/15/07: The 2nd class in a series on Ecclesiology

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Definition of the Nicene Creed: "Apostolic"
Rev. Marcelo Souza, Sunday 4/22/07: The 3rd class in a series on Ecclesiology

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Definition of the Nicene Creed: "One"
Rev. Marcelo Souza, Sunday 4/29/07: The 4th class in a series on Ecclesiology

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Definition of the Nicene Creed: "Holy" and "Catholic"
Rev. Marcelo Souza, Sunday 5/13/07: The 5th class in a series on Ecclesiology

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Marks of the True Church: Preaching the Word, Proper Administration of Sacraments, Exercise of Discipline
Rev. Marcelo Souza, Sunday 5/20/07: The 6th class in a series on Ecclesiology

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Perspectives on the Church: Visible/Invisible, Local/Universal, Organization/Organism, Militant/Triumphant
Rev. Marcelo Souza, Sunday 5/27/07: The 7th class in a series on Ecclesiology

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Ministry of the Church: Worship, Nurture, and Witness
Rev. Marcelo Souza, Sunday 6/10/07: The 8th class in a series on Ecclesiology

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Ministry of the Church: The Pyramid
Rev. Marcelo Souza, Sunday 6/17/07: The 9th class in a series on Ecclesiology

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Synopsis of the Class
Rev. Marcelo Souza, Sunday 6/24/07: The 10th class in a series on Ecclesiology

Five Topics Reviewed:

  1. Identity of the Church
  2. One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church
  3. Perspectives on the Church
  4. Marks of the True Church
  5. Ministry of the Church


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