WHAT ARE “CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS?”

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Oct. 04, 2020

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WHAT ARE “CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS?”

Matthew 22:36-40; 28:16-20

Introduction:   The purpose of the Christian church is to build communities of faith from which we make disciples, minister to the hurting, spread the story of Jesus, and worship.  Why are there so many divisions in the Christian church?

  1. THE HISTORICAL FLOW CHART OF CHRISTIANITY
  2. WHAT DIVIDES CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS?
  1. Theological Differences

How we decide what we believe             Relationship of faith and works

The nature of Jesus Christ                           The nature of the Bible and how we interpret

The sacraments                                                                Can you “lose” your salvation

  1. Church Government

* Episcopal

* Presbyterian

* Congregational

  1. Relationship of the Church to the World/Culture:  Engaged or Separate
  2. Worship Forms

 

* Traditional

* Contemporary

* Blended

  1. Ethnic Groupings
  2. Moral Issues:  human rights, slavery, abortion, same gender marriage, war and peace; the environment, marriage, divorce and remarriage, wealth and poverty, etc.
  3. A Common Creed
  1. THE REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA

Conclusion:   What is at the root of the Reformed Church’s conflict which is splintering the denomination?  Next week we will look at the history of our internal divisions.