Gifts Of The Spirit-Endowment Lecture 4, 1966 (PDF)* *This pamphlet is designed to be printed in a "booklet" format; choose booklet printing under your printer options. Gifts Of The Spirit-Endowment Lecture 4 [Audio Sermon], 1966 (mp3) by Arthur A. Oakman Fourth in a series of six lectures given to the Melchisedec Priesthood at the RLDS Stone Church in Independence, Missouri, USA from October 3 to 13, 1966. Brother Oakman states, "…we discussed the church and we tried to make it quite clear, that this was either 'a church,' or it was 'the church.' If it is simply 'a church,' I cannot see any reason for our existence. But if it is 'the church,' then it means that we have a unique, distinct position. The Protestant world as a whole as far as its theologians are concerned have no clear cut conception of the church. They have different varying definitions of it, but for us there should be no doubt. The Church of Jesus Christ is the body of Christ; that body of people who are brought together by the gift of his Spirit, and who share in the community of the Spirit by reason of their rebirth."