The church in today’s world is very important just as it has always been. Mankind owes it to himself to investigate the church to see if he/she should be involved with it.
There are several Biblical names for the Lord’s church as well as His followers. The church for which Jesus died (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25), over which he is head (Ephesians 5:23), and about which anyone can read in the Bible is divine.
These names are divine in origin and always glorify God or Jesus Christ, with the possible exception of the simple term church (Matthew 16:16; Acts 2:47). This term can be compared to the term “called out”. Thus, the church (people who have been called out of a life of sin to live for God) should be easier understood. The “sinner” is covered by the blood of Christ and is thus now a “Christian”. He or she has been born-again, redeemed, saved, etc..
The descriptive terms by which the Lord's church is Biblically known include these: "my church" (Matthew 16:18), "the church" (Acts 2:47; 8:1), "church of God" (1 Corinthians 1:2), "churches of Christ" (Romans 16:16), "body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12), "church of the living God" (1 Timothy 3:15), "church of the firstborn" (Hebrews 12:23), "temple of God" (1 Corinthians 3:16), "bride of Christ" (Ephesians 5:21-32; Revelation 22:17), "kingdom of his dear Son" (Colossians 1:13) and "house of God" (1 Timothy 3:15).
Terms used in the Old Testament and applied to God's people in the New Testament as well include: "members" (1 Corinthians 12:27), "disciples" (Acts 6:1; 20:7), "believers" (Acts 5:14), "saints" (Acts 9:13; 1 Corinthians 1:2), "brethren" (Romans 8:14) and "children of God" (1 John 3:1, 2), "beloved of God" (Romans 1:7), "heirs of God" (Romans 8:17) and "royal priesthood" (1 Peter 2:9).
There is yet another New Testament name for God's people that was the subject of prophecy long before its application. Isaiah taught that once the Gentiles gained admittance into the kingdom (church) and its blessings, all God's people would "be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name" (Isaiah 62:1-2; 56:5). After the admission of Cornelius and his household the new name CHRISTIAN was given God's people (Acts 11:26). Used twice more in the New Testament (Acts 26:28; I Peter 4:16),
The objective of the CHRISTIAN CHURCH/CHURCH OF CHRIST, is to restore the Bible’s teachings. Everyone realizes that concerning the non-essentials there will be differences of opinion. If we did not have human differences, we would all like the same kind of food, entertainment, cars, houses, etc. We should, in the church however, attempt to return to the BIBLE for all instructions, and to do all things in love. WE are Christians only, but not the only Christians. Where the Bible speaks, we speak and where the Bible is silent, we strive to be silent and allow liberty.
Beliefs are sometimes founded on comments heard from childhood, with no foundation in the Word of God (The Bible). We may disagree on matters such as, "What heaven is exactly like" or "What happens immediately after death". It's good to discuss such things, but it is easy to see why we would disagree on things where the Bible does not go into detail. However, on matters concerning the teachings of Jesus Christ and salvation, there can be little disagreement Thus, in essentials, we should strive for unity; & in non-essentials, liberty and, in all things, love.
Some Basics Of What The
New Testament Church
Believes And Teaches
Faith In Jesus Christ: Complete child-like faith in the Savior Jesus Christ is necessary for us to be acceptable to our Heavenly Father, as well as faith in the Father himself, as taught in Matthew 16:16; Hebrews 11:6.
Repentance Of Sins: Without repentance, we will not see the kingdom of God, as stated in the Bible. Luke 13:3; II Corinthians 7:10; 11 Peter 3:9.
Confession Of One’s Faith: The sinner saved by the blood of Jesus should confess the name of Jesus as Savior, as written in the Bible. Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9, 10.
Baptism Into Christ: The necessity of the ordinance of baptism as taught in the Scriptures (That being - immersion of the believer for the forgiveness of sins and the gift the Holy Spirit). Acts 2:38, 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21. Baptism is the place where one contacts the blood of Christ.
Communion: Some observe communion yearly, quarterly, or monthly. We observe it every Lord's Day (Sunday; Acts 20:7). The heart is important in partaking, as is recorded in I Corinthians 11:26, 28, 29. This is done each time in remembrance of Jesus who died for sinners.
Works: We understand a Christian is born into the family of God for service. Philippians 2:12-14; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; James 2:20, 24.
Faithfulness: We teach that one should be faithful unto death, as far as his/her health and talents will permit. Acts 14:22; Revelation 2:10.
Church Attendance: Many excuses and opinions are given, but we refer to the Bible again, which encourages regular attendance, for one’s growth. Hebrews I 0:25.
Our Purpose Is Twofold:
1) To lead souls to salvation, as the Lord intended. Matthew 28:19-20
2) To lead the saved to a Scriptural knowledge of God's will to do His service. II
Timothy 3:16; II Peter 3:18.
Our Fellowship Is Enjoyable: We know that anyone will enjoy our fellowship if one believes as we do:
1) Bible names for believers and being “Christians Only”
2) No "Central Headquarters". The congregation is led of God, through the Word
3) No "man-made" creeds. Christ only and His Word guides us.
“My Wonderful Bible”
Sinners hate it and saints love it.
It promotes everything good and denounces every evil.
It denounces everything that would cause human sorrow.
Where the Bible is, there are hospitals, doctors, and all human mercies.
The more this book is given away, the greater its sale.
It is loved by those in every age in life.
It attracts the simplest minds and confounds the deepest thinkers.
It is loved by doctors, lawyers, merchants, bankers of every kind; whereas the libraries pertaining to their own kind of work are not attractive to those outside that line of service.
It is always up to date and meets today's needs.
It is so complete in its coverage of all human conditions that no one has ever written a chapter to add anything to it.
It has survived the ignorance of its friends and the hatred of its enemies.
It has remained on the battlefields of life to preach the funeral's of those who opposed it.
It is the only revelation of what lies beyond the tomb.
Its statements are so true it invites the criticism of historians, archeologists, scientists, and investigators of every kind.
Its statements are accurate concerning chemistry, astronomy, geology, mathematics, botany, anatomy, and all other arts and science.
- Author Unknown
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