Session 7 – Beginning Our Ecclesiology with the Self-Revealed Character of God – John Snyder

Psalm  115

1 Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth.

2 Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?”

3 But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.

4 Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands.

5 They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see;

6 They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell;

7 They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat.

8 Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.

9 O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.

10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.

11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.

12 The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.

13 He will bless those who fear the Lord, Both small and great.

14 May the Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children.

15 May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven andearth.

16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.

17 The dead do not praise the Lord, Nor any who go down into silence.

18 But we will bless the Lord From this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!



Ecclesiology and soteriology cannot be built on a false incorrect view of God.

1. God clearly explains that everything He does is for His name’s sake.

2. Everything that God does reflects His character.

3. What a religious person does reflects who they think they belong to.

a. The starting place of ecclesiology is with God.

Three characters to help us understand our ecclesiology based on the character of God:

1.  Moses
a.  From Moses we learn about the holiness of God.
i.  Exodus 3:4-5
ii.  We never help a problem by focusing on the problem forgetting about God. We cannot help deteriorating families by focusing programs on families to the exclusion of the character of God.
b.  Moses had seen something of the glory of God
i.  Thus we see the difference between Moses and Aaron in the matter of the golden calf.
ii.  Thus we see the matter of the revelation of the glory of God exclusively to Moses.
c.  Moses led the people to construct something that reflected the glory of God.

2.  Paul

a.  We learn to look at who God is and then apply this to every aspect of church life.
b.  1 Corinthians 1:23-25, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, 2 Corinthians 4:7
c.  “Having a form of godliness but denying his power”
3. Rehaboam
a.  Jeraboam lead the northern kingdom astray

i. Invented a new, more convenient, adaptable form of religion.

ii. The Levis and everyone who feared the Lord leaves and goes south
b. But then Rehoboam strays as well. 2 Chronicles 12:1.

Application: Is our church any different than what we left except for the fact that we use reformed language?

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