Mark A. Copeland on The Church Universal and Local Distinguished

The Church “Universal”                            The Church “Local”

Composed of all Christians Composed of Christians in onelocation
Began on the Day of Pentecost Begins when people join together
There is just one There are many
Enter only by being added by the Lord Enter by joining ourselves
The Lord keeps the books of membership Enrolled by human judgment
Consists of all the saved Consists of both saved and lost
Must be in this to be saved Do not have to be in this to be saved
Has no earthly organization Has earthly organization
Can’t be divided Can be divided
Death doesn’t affect membership Death does affect membership
Does not have one scriptural name May use different scriptural names

*Mark A. Copeland is a Bible teacher in Kissimmee, Fl.

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Valley Baptist Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca,, and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 27 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and six grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

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