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The church of Christ

What Is The church of Christ?

by

Tom M. Roberts

                                                          


Introduction to the church of Christ: 

(Historical Lineage)


Some denominations claim the ability to trace their historical lineage (an unbroken link of churches throughout history) directly to John the Baptist. Of course, this is impossible to do and is a false claim. The Lord's church was not in existence while John was alive.


John, himself, said, "In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight. And John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, We have Abraham as our father. For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire . I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire" (Matthew 3:1-12).


John was a prophet, pointing to Jesus and the kingdom yet to be built. Of John, Jesus said,"As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You. Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he" (Matthew 11:7-11). How could John be so great and yet "the least in the kingdom" be greater than John?" Very simply, John was never to see the kingdom of which he prophesied. He was beheaded by Herod before the kingdom (church) was established.


John was beheaded by Herod (Mt. 14:1-10) Jesus promised to build the church in a future time, after John's death (Mt. 16:13-19). The church actually began in Jerusalem after the death of Christ (Acts 1, 2)


No church, Catholic or Protestant, can trace its historical lineage to New Testament times. The oldest denominations are too young in age to be a New Testament church. How far back can the roots of denominations be traced? Notice the following dates of origin:


  •      Roman Catholic Church - Rome, 606 A.D., with Boniface III as pope.


  •      Lutheran Church - 1520 A. D., Germany, with Martin Luther's writings as authority


  •      Episcopalian - 1534, England, when Henry VIII broke with Roman Catholicism


  •      Presbyterian -1536, Switzerland, led by John Calvin


  •      Congregational -1550 A.D., England, by Robert Browne


  •      Baptist - 1607, Holland, by John Smythe


  •      Methodist - 1739, England, by John Wesley


  •      Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) - 1830, America, by Joseph Smith


  •      Adventists - 1830, America, by William Miller


  •      Christian Scientist - 1866, America, by Mary Baker Eddy


  •      Jehovah's Witnesses - 1872, America, by Charles T. Russell


As a matter of fact, at the time Jesus built his kingdom (church), no denomination of any kind was in existence. The church of Jesus Christ was established in 33 A.D., in the city of Jerusalem on the first Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 1, 2). Any denomination that had its origin by another founder than Jesus cannot be the church that belongs to Christ. Any denomination that is younger than 33 A.D. cannot be the Lord's church. Any denomination that was begun in another location than Jerusalem cannot be the Lord's church. Any denomination that follows a creed other than the Bible cannot be the Lord's church. Notice the Biblical history of the Lord's church:


Subject of Prophecy:


  •            Distant Fulfillment promised 2 Samuel 7:12-16


  •            The kingdom to be in David's lineage (Christ) Isaiah 2


  •            The kingdom to begin at Jerusalem Daniel 2


  •            The kingdom to begin in the days of Roman kings Joel 2


  •            The kingdom to begin with power from the Holy Spirit


Subject of Prophecy:


  •           Near Fulfillment promises Mt. 3:2 (Mk. 1:1-8)


  •           John, the kingdom is at hand Mk. 1:14-15


  •           Jesus, the kingdom is at hand Mt. 16:13-19


  •           Jesus, the kingdom is promised Mk. 9:1


  •           Jesus, the kingdom to be established in life-time of hearers


Prophecy fulfilled:


  •           the kingdom of Christ is established at Jerusalem Acts 1-2 (notice 2:30-31)


  •           throne of David established at Jesus' resurrection Acts 2:47


  •           saved people added to the church in Jerusalem Col. 1:13


  •           people continually added to the kingdom (church)


Churches of Christ listed in New Testament as in existence during apostles' life:


  • Jerusalem
  • Acts 1:36-47; 6:1; 8:1-4 Judea and Samaria
  • Acts 1:8; 8:5; 9:31 Uttermost parts of the earth
  • Acts 1:8 Gentiles added to the church
  • Acts 10, 11, 15 Antioch
  • Acts 11:19-24 Asia Minor
  • Paul's first missionary journey: Acts 13:1-28
  • Paul's second journey: Acts 15:36--16:5
  • (Macedonian call) Europe
  • Paul's third journey: Acts 18:23--21:8
  • Rome - Romans 1:1-7
  • Corinth - 1 Cor. 1:1-2; 2 Cor. 1:1-2
  • Churches of Galatia - Gal. 1:1-2
  • Ephesus - Eph. 1:1-2
  • Philippi - Phil. 1:1-2
  • Colossae - Col. 1:1-2
  • Thessalonica - 1 Thes. 1:1-2; 2 Thes. 1:1-2
  • churches in private homes - 1 Cor. 16:18; Col. 4:16, etc.
  • Seven churches of Asia - Rev. 1:10--3:32


Thus, overwhelming evidence exists in scripture to prove that the church foreseen by the prophets and promised by Jesus actually started in Acts 2 in Jerusalem and spread throughout the Roman Empire and beyond in New Testament times. Yet, as the New Testament ends, not a single denomination existed!


However, the Holy Spirit testified that the Lord's church would become divided, that apostasy (a great falling away from the faith) would occur. The apostle Paul warned the Ephesian elders that such division would come (Acts 20:17-31).


Forces of division were already at work in Corinth during Paul's lifetime (1 Cor. 1:10-13). The Holy Spirit expressly testified about a "departure" from the faith (1 Tim. 4:1-6; 2 Tim. 4:1-4). The apostle John warned of those who, though in the church, were not satisfied with the truth but who placed themselves above the truth (the Gnostic heresy) - 1 John 1; 2 John 9-11; 3 John 9. Satan was at work to combat the church by creating division among believers. This division remains to this day, growing worse as more denominations are formed.


The first full-fledged denomination, distinct from the church of Jesus Christ was the Roman Catholic church (see 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Thes. 2:1-15). The first pope (an office unknown to the New Testament), Boniface III, was appointed in 606 A.D. (600 years after the Lord's church began). This was a culmination of many departures from truth. Note the following traditions of men that led to the beginning of Roman Catholicism: church councils; hierarchy (diocesan bishops, cardinals, popes, synods, monks, nuns, convents, monasteries, etc.); holy water (about 120 A.D.); doctrine of penance (about 157 A.D.); worship of Mary (about the 4th century); doctrine of Purgatory (5-6th century); extreme unction (6th century); celibacy of priests and nuns (11th century); sale of indulgences (12th century); instruments of music in worship (666 A.D.); sprinkling for baptism (introduced in 3rd century, but fully adopted in 1311); plus the use of the Rosary, lighting of candles, burning of incense, sacramental system, Christmas, Easter, Lent, prayers to dead saints, etc.


Contrary to the teachings of Catholicism, Peter was never a pope. He was married, an equal among equal apostles, and rebuked by Paul for sins (Gal. 2:11-14). The church was not built upon Peter (a mere man), but upon the confession of the deity of Jesus as the Son of God, the true rock (Mt. 16:13-19).


As Roman Catholicism grew, it became abusive and authoritarian, forbidding common people (non-priests) to read the Bible, denying them access to God's grace except by the sacerdotal system of a corrupt priesthood. Religion plunged into darkness, persecution, and ignorance. Creeds, traditions of men and superstitions bound people to error while truth was withheld from them.


In these centuries of "dark ages," men arose who "protested" against the doctrines and practices of Roman Catholicism. From this crucible of persecution and error came a religious uprising known historically as the "Protestant Reformation." At the front of the battle was Martin Luther (followed by many others) who attempted to "reform" the apostate church. Unsuccessful at reform, their efforts led to a splintering of the Catholic church. Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, etc. all had their beginnings as competing creeds were formed to explain departures from the Catholic church. These Protestant churches further divided, divided again, and continue to divide today. In America, there has been an explosion of denominations, too numerous to mention, but numbering in the hundreds. Most of us have become accustomed to the situation, not realizing that this is, indeed, a far cry from the unity that was intended for believers in Christ.


In this cauldron of boiling religious division, we need to recall the words of Jesus about the unity which we have failed to cultivate. He said: “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."


 In keeping with this, the apostle Paul commanded unity: "Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?" (1 Cor. 1:10-13).


The Bible outlines the completeness of unity in Eph. 4:1-6: "I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."


Thus, Jesus prayed for unity, that "all believers might be one." Paul instructed that we should "all speak the same thing," "that there be no division," and that we all be "perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." This unity is found in the one body of Christ, the church (Eph. 4:4-6; Eph. 1:22-23). It is to our shame today that Jesus' prayer goes unanswered, that Paul's instructions remain unheeded. Denominationalism, so common and accepted, is wrong and sinful. There has to be a way of unity for believers in Jesus Christ.                                                                                                      



How Does the church of Christ Relate to This Division?


In early America, different religious leaders arose in diverse parts of pioneer days, that were appalled by the division around the world. They realized that believers could never be united as human creeds, traditions and superstitions existed. These men began to raise a plea for the complete abandonment of human creeds, with a return to New Testament Christianity. Rather than reform denominations, they suggested a restoration of the New Testament church in the twentieth century! Among these leaders were Alexander and Thomas Campbell, immigrants from Scotland. As they began to preach a restoration to New Testament Christianity, other men (independent from the Campbells) were teaching the same thing by tossing out the creeds and accepting the Bible as the sole guide of faith and practice in religion. Reacting to this message with fervor, many thousands responded to this pure Bible teaching. Just as recorded in the Book of Acts, men and women in America were baptized upon repentance and confession of their faith in Jesus and were added to the Lord's church. The church of Christ, identical to the faith and practice of the New Testament church, exists throughout the world today as it did in the days of the apostles.

                                                                                                      


Historical Lineage for churches of Christ?


No one who understands the Bible makes the claim for authentication of modern churches of Christ by a historical, unbroken link that connects back to Jerusalem. It cannot be done, historically, nor is it necessary that it be done to recognize the Lord's church today. How is it valid, then, for us to claim spiritual identity as the church of Christ without this link? What right do we have to say that we belong, spiritually and organically, to the Lord's church?


First of all, Jesus taught the validity of New Testament Christianity for all ages when he gave the "Great Commission" (Mt. 28:18-20). The gospel was to be for "the whole world" until the "end of the ages." The gospel is for all ages of time, for all nations, for every tribe, for every tongue. Faithful men in the first century were instructed to teach future generations (2 Tim. 2:2).


As the gospel of Christ is proclaimed in its purity, without the addition of creeds (Gal. 1:6-9), its simple message (1 Cor. 1:19--2:13) becomes the "power of God unto salvation" (Rom. 1:16). Within the gospel is a divine power that is called "the seed" (Luke 8:1-15) by which spiritual life is generated in every age, wherever the gospel is proclaimed. No self-appointed clergy has the right to reject those who do not recognize their ecclesiastical oversight. Jesus is the head of the church (Eph. 1:22-23), and it is His right to determine who is saved and who is in His fellowship. The power of the gospel, the seed (Lk. 8:11) generates life wherever it is sown. Disciples are made when they obey the gospel (Mt. 28:18-20) and the Lord adds them to His church (Acts 2:47). As individual saints are born by the word, they meet with others saints in a locality in order to work and worship as New Testament Christians did. In this fashion, wherever the gospel is preached, churches of Christ will appear.

                                       


The church of Christ

                                       

A local church of Christ is simply a congregation that belongs to Christ. It is organized after the New Testament pattern of "elders, deacons and saints" (Phil. 1:1). All creeds of men are rejected and the Bible is the only standard of faith and practice. As the gospel is planted in the hearts of honest men and women (Luke 8;11; Rom. 1:16), new Christians are born (John 3:1-5; Rom. 6:1-7). Upon the instructions of the New Testament, Christians meet on the Lord's day for the Lord's supper (Mt. 26:26-30; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-29), singing (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16), prayers (Acts 12:5), study of the scriptures (Acts 15:7-21) and giving contributions for the Lord's work (1 Cor. 16:1-2).


Each congregation is independent from every other congregation, claiming its autonomy under Christ (Phil. 1:1; 1 Pet. 5:1-2). It recognizes no earthly head, belongs to no association of churches, stands free from denominational churches and supports no human institutions.


It recognizes its God-given responsibility to preach the gospel according to its own ability, to provide edification to its own members, and to provide benevolence for its own needy (Acts 6) and for those saints in need in other places (1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 8, 9).


As the early disciples "went everywhere preaching the word" (Acts 8:4), so do 20th Century Christians. Please consider the following material as a short explanation of God instructions to man for Salvation. It is important we answer through scripture what God require of us that we might be saved.

How Does One Become A Christian?

Hear the Gospel


Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3:20). The Lord is inviting you into His kingdom. He also said, "I am the good shepherd," and he is the "door of the sheep" (John 10:7, 11). He invites the lost into the fold of safety, for danger is outside. For the lost, Jesus is the good shepherd that leaves the "ninety and nine" and looks for the "sheep that is lost," for "the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost" (Mt. 18:11-14). Jesus' sheep hear his voice and follow him (John 10:27-28) for eternal life. How do the sheep hear the voice of Jesus? We are "called by the gospel" (2 Thes. 2:14), which is "power of God unto salvation" (Rom. 1:16). It is by the word of God that faith is produced in the hearts of the lost (Rom. 10:17). Have you heard the gospel?



Believe


As the gospel story is read (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), Jesus is shown to be the Son of God (Jn. 20:27-31). Our faith rests in Him. We must believe that He is the Son of God, sacrificed for our sins (Mt. 16:13-16; John 8:24). Do you believe?



Repent of Sins


All of us have sinned (Rom. 3:23) and have died spiritually because of sin (Rom 6:23). We must face our sins and repent. Repentance is a change of mind, followed by a change of life, as illustrated in Matthew 21:28-31. The son "repented" (changed his mind) and "went" (changed his life). This repentance is required before one can be saved (Lk. 13:3-5; Acts 2:36-38). Have you repented?



Confess the Name of Jesus


Jesus warned that we must have the courage of our faith to openly confess Him with the mouth, an oral confession (Rom. 10:10). If we do not have this courage, Jesus will not confess our name as brethren (Mt. 10:32-33). People in the New Testament times confessed Jesus' name (Acts 4:10-12; 8:37). Have you confessed that Jesus is the Son of God?



Be Baptized


Yes, baptism is a Bible doctrine, commanded by Jesus (Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15-16; Luke 24:48). Baptism is not administered as a "rite of the church," as a work of human righteousness or merit, but as an act of faith (Mk. 16:16; James 2:17, 18, 20, 24). Regardless of the animosity toward baptism in the denominational world, and in spite of their denial of its place in salvation, it is administered by the authority of Jesus for the remission of sin.


Baptism is a burial (Rom. 6:1-7; Col. 2:12) in water (Jno. 3:1-5; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:38). It is for (unto, toward) the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) and is viewed in scripture as involved in "washing away sins" (Acts 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:21). It is understood by Bible students that forgiveness is not in the water, but in the blood of Christ (Mt. 26:26-28; Rom. 6:1-7). However, Jesus has placed the opportunity of reaching that blood in the act of baptism. It is at baptism that the sinner mets the blood of Christ, that the old man of sin dies, and the new birth takes place (Rom. 6:1-7; Jn. 3:1-5).


Baptism is a re-enactment of the sinner for what Jesus did for him (death, burial and resurrection, 1 Cor. 15:1-4). The sinner obeys, in baptism, a "form of the gospel" (Rom. 6:16-18) in that he becomes dead to sin as he repents, is buried in baptism, and arises to a new life in Christ (Rom., 6:1-7). 


There is no other act of obedience in the New Testament that so fittingly portrays the gospel in our life as baptism. It is an act of faithful obedience (Rom. 1:5; Jn. 6:28-29; 8:39), not an act of merit or of human righteousness (Tit. 3:5). At the time of baptism, Jesus forgives our sins by the power of the blood and adds us to His church (Acts 2:38, 47). Have you been baptized?

Now That I Am A Christian?

Disciples of Jesus wear no denominational names or support denominational doctrines. You are not Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, etc. No such names or denominations existed when Jesus built His church, and you now belong to that church (Mt. 16:18; Acts 2:47). The name of "Christian" is given for you to wear, and you glorify God in that name (Acts 11:26; 4:12; 1 Pet. 4:14-15).


As a Christian, you will meet with other Christians for worship and service (Heb. 10:25; Acts 2:42; 9:26-28; Eph. 4:11-16).


Christians begin as "babes" in Christ, having been born again (Jn. 3:1-5; Rom. 6:1-7; 1 Pet. 1:22-23; 1 Pet. 2:1-2). Each grows toward being a mature Christian (Eph. 4:11-15). They no longer live in sinful life-styles as in the past (Col. 3:1-17; Gal. 5:19-24). A Christian grows by adding the attributes of grace (2 Pet. 1:2-11). 


ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?

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The Glorious Church

by

Tom M. Roberts


“…Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:25-27).


In contrast to the babel of voices in the religious world today, the voice of inspired revelation presents the church as God would have it to be. How awful it would be to be searching for a religious affiliation today, with no knowledge of the word of God. How confusing it would be to seek a church without any concept of what that church should be like.


Shopping for a “church home” today is like going through a buffet line, with a smorgasbord from which to choose. In fact, shopping for a church today is very much like a testimony for the “me” generation: “What is in it for me?” “Which church has the most to offer?”


Some churches offer mega-ministries with everything from day care to funeral services; marriage counseling and “life after divorce”; bowling alleys and tennis courts; dating services and birth control clinics; kindergarten and college classes; arts, crafts and yoga exercises; teen activities and senior citizen bus trips; soup kitchens and banquet halls; prayer gardens and diet classes; social services and estate planning.


One may satisfy one’s curiosity about New Age Vibrations, Transcendental meditation, the god within you, reincarnation, Channeling, Oriental mysticism, Buddhism, Islam, locate your mantra, exorcise evil spirits, have a psychic reading, or have your ticket validated for a rendezvous with a space ship just behind the next comet! Of course, many cults await the unsuspecting and naive, ready to enroll one in a mind-control seminar (for a fee, of course!), learn about “engrams” (instead of sin), bow before a self-anointed “Jesus” who is on the verge of “opening the seven seals” or who speaks of hearing voices that no one else can hear. Most of these, along with multitudes of TV-evangelists await your membership and your check-book with instructions of how much one should give to God (albeit the address for your contributions is that of the evangelist). If you don’t want to join a church, they will sell you books which give their “divine insight” for a price. All this has created a wealthy hierarchy of evangelists who live in mansions, fly private jets, travel the world, wear designer clothes and raise questions about comparing them with the lowly Nazarene whose only home was a rugged cross. Indeed, would Jesus wear a Rolex?


Quite frankly, if I had to go to the Yellow Pages to find a church home, I would probably stay home. And, more than likely, that is what thousands are doing. Jaded by the jangle of religious division and turned off to the crass commercialism of pop psycho-religion, some have just about given up on God. In fact, where is God in all this maze? Is God a multi-faced schizophrenic, allowing charlatans to represent Him on every street corner in chapels, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques and on television with electronic gadgets? It is nearly enough to make one an atheist!


But Not Quite!


No, I’m not ready to become an atheist just yet. You see, I don’t believe that everyone who claims to represent God really does. As in the first century, there were false Christs, false prophets, hucksters and magicians, their counterparts are still around today. If you have been struggling to find God, maybe you have been looking in the wrong place. Have you read the Bible lately?


God Is Not Far From Any Of Us


Actually, the situation today is not far removed from that of the first century in which the apostles of Christ lived. There were idols and temples built to honor idols on every street corner. Men and women gave themselves over to licentious living as they invented their own deities who approved of their wickednesses. One could locate his own personal deity out of the phalanx of gods, practice black magic and all the divining arts, follow strolling teachers of philosophy and mysteries or bury oneself in demonology. The more the world changes, the more it stays the same. We could be talking about the streets of any modern city in America when we mention the history of Rome, Athens, Corinth or Alexandria.


“Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. Therefore, he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, ‘What does this babbler want to say?’ Others said, ‘He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,’ because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, ‘May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak? For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean.’ For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing” (Acts 17:16-21).


“Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said: ‘Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you” (vs. 22-23).


Let us Proclaim Christ and His Church To You


Jesus promised to build His church: “Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Mt. 16:18). The church that belongs to Jesus was built upon the bedrock truth (not upon Peter) that “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (v. 16). Only Jesus is divine and has the authority to speak for God, proven by the resurrection from the dead (Mt. 28:1-9).That church which Jesus promised to build was established by the power of the Holy Spirit on the Pentecost after His resurrection in the city of Jerusalem (Acts 2). Begun in 33 A.D., it has never gone out of existence but remains in the world today wherever men and women obey the Great Commission gospel: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen” (Mt. 28:18-20).The church that Jesus built is a glorious church, reflecting the Divine Builder. As Jesus is God in the flesh (Jn. 1:1-14), so the church is his spiritual body (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18). The particulars of the church that belongs to Christ can be found in the New Testament, even as prophecies of its beginning can be found in the Old Testament (Isaiah 2, Daniel 2, Joel 2, fulfilled in Acts 2).The Glorious Church reflects the glory of God and of Jesus Christ in various ways. The church that Jesus built is superior in every way to the machinations and imaginations of men. Standing alone in beauty and holiness, the Lord’s church is without equal. Unique in its creation, divine in its purchase price, holy in its calling, and universal in its fellowship, the church of Christ is “the pillar and ground of truth” (1 Tim. 3:15).If you are “turned off” by the commercialism, hypocrisy, division and contradictions of modern religions, come and learn about the church that is the body of Christ. Find in Christ and His church that spiritual fellowship that is a fulfillment of the “hungering and thirsting” (Mt. 5:6) within us as we seek to find salvation and a personal relationship with God.

 "...The churches of Christ salute you." 

{ Romans 16:16 }

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