THE CHURCH YOU CAN READ ABOUT IN THE BIBLE 

Brief History:

       Jesus spoke these words many, many years ago. He spoke to only a small group of men, but these words would effect men until the end of time. 

        What were these words? "I will build my church!" (Matthew 16:18)

    As far as the Bible tells us, this was the first time Jesus ever used the word, "church."  But God has planned the church before He made the world.

(Ephesians 1:4-5) The part of the Bible called the "Old Testament" is the story of God making the world ready for His church. 

    

                  THE CHURCH ESTABLISHED 

      Less than a year after Jesus promised to build His church , he was killed, and buried. But three days later, Jesus rose from the dead. He overcame death. 

       Fifty days later, on the Pentecost, the Apostles received  the Holy Spirit. Peter, being inspired, convinced the multitude of Jews assembled at Jerusalem for the annual feast that they were responsible for the death of Jesus. When they heard this they were pricked in their heart and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (unlike most false religion today they didn't ask what they shall "feel" or "experience") but what they MUST DO!! Peter responded by saying to them, " repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then they that gladly received His word were baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls (Acts 2:37, 38, 41). The church had  begun. 

 

                                                            WHAT THE CHURCH IS 

      This church was not a building. The church was people. It was made up of all people who had been born  again, of the water and the Spirit (John 3:5). They were people who had been bought from sin by the blood of Jesus and added by the Lord to His church (Acts 2:47). 

      The church is like the human body, it only has ONE head and ONE body. The head directs the body in everything the body does therefore with Christ at the head of this ONE Body (church) it if impossible for a Vatican, pope, conference, governing board or any other "headquarters" on earth to govern this ONE church. Christ is their only head (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18). Christ gives life to the church. Christ directs and controls the church...NOT any man! Yet Christ depends on the church to do what Hew wants done. This church is the hands, feet, and mouth by which Christ works and speaks today. 

                  HOW MANY SEE THE CHURCH TODAY

       Nearly 2,000 years have passed since Jesus began His church. Many things have changed. Many who would profess the name of Jesus Christ are either unsatisfied with the church as they read of it in scripture or have never been taught what the Bible teaches the church of Christ is. Many who sincerely worship God do not know that they are not in the church build by Christ. They are simply in some man made rendition of the church.  To some, the church is a building this is why they look for beautiful buildings to worship in. Many have been misled to believe that the church is now made up of different groups or denominations, all is some type of one "invisible church". 

        Some have thought the church to be not important. They say, "We want Christ but not the church" (meaning the church that  is in their Bible). 

      The church of Christ as found in scripture preaches the same message that was preached in the beginning days of the church. People are told how to be saved today, as they were the first day the church began. When a person is saved s the Bible teaches, he becomes a member of the same church the first Christians were members of. 

      Christ is the head of this church, as He was when the church began. This church worships today as they did when the church began. HOW? They met on the first day of the week (Sunday). They shared the Lord's Supper. They sang to praise God and prayed together. They also shared their money for the work of the church and studied God's word together. (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:2; Ephesians 5:19;Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15). There are no instruments of music, choirs, or "Jesus Rock Bands" to entertain the church. They understood that God was the center of worship; He was the audience that had to be pleased. Today men have created "churches" to entertain and hype the crowds

(Exodus 23:2; Proverbs 14:12;Mark 7:13). 

        The church, or church of Christ is still reaching millions of people with the gospel today. 

 

 

 

                      

 

THE ONE 

TRUE CHURCH 

JESUS 

             BUILT ONLY 

                                      ONE CHURCH

    MARKS THAT MATTER

ITS FOUNDER - - CHRIST

He is purchaser,  Acts 20:28

He is builder,       Matthew 16:18

He is head,         Ephesians 5:23

He is lawgiver,    Acts 2:36

He is savior,        Ephesians 5:23

DID JESUS CHRIST ESTABLISH YOUR CHURCH?

                    BIBLE FOR HIS                                            

 

                                             Founder

                           Foundation 

                             Beginning 

                          Designation

                         Membership 

                                 Worship

                                     Work

                                Doctrine 

                         Organization   

                         Government

                               Message

                                     Unity

                                        Life

                                 Destiny

    

 

 

 

 

 

ITS FOUNDER - - CHRIST

He is purchaser,  Acts 20:28

He is builder,       Matthew 16:18

He is head,         Ephesians 5:23

He is lawgiver,    Acts 2:36

He is savior,        Ephesians 5:23

DID JESUS CHRIST ESTABLISH YOUR CHURCH?

     WHAT FOR YOURS?                                            

 

             Started by man or God?                                Upon what does it stand? 

          When did it begin? 

           What is it called?

           Conditions of belonging? 

           What acts occur?

           By what does it propigate?

           What does it believe?                            How is it structured?

             Who controls it?

             What does it teach?

              Is it divided?

              To what devoted? 

                Is it eternal?

    

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 ARE
THEY 
THE 
SAME ? 
IF NOT 
WHO 
HAS 
MOVED 
AND 
WHO 
NEEDS  TO
CHANGE?

IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE WHAT YOU BELIEVE

  YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO BE MISTAKEN!

       THE BIBLE HOLDS THE ANSWER

  UNLOCK THE DOOR -SEE FOR YOURSELF

ITS ORIGIN - - A.D. 33 IN JERUSALEM

After hades tried but failed to hold its builder, Matthew 16:18,Acts 2:31

While apostles lived, Mark 9:1 

When the Holy Spirit and power came, Mark 9:1, Acts 1:8, 2:1-4

When the "word of the Lord" went "forth from Jerusalem,"  Isaiah 2:2, ; Luke  24;49       

DID YOUR CHURCH BEGAN AT JERUSALEM ON PENTECOST, A.D. 33?

ITS MEMBERSHIP - - PERSONS WHO:

Hear the word of the gospel, Romans 10:17

Believe the gospel, Acts 18:8; I Corinthians 1:2

Repent of their sins, Acts 2:38, 47

Confess the Christ, Acts 8:37; Romans 10:10

Are baptized: 

Buried, Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12

In water, Acts 8:36-39; 10:47, 48

To wash away sins, Acts 22:16

For remission of sins, Acts 2:38

To be SAVED. I Peter 3:21

Into Christ, Galatians 3:27

Into the ONE body, the church, I Corinthians 12:13

    HAVE YOU MET THESE CONDITIONS?

ITS FOUNDATION- - THE SON OF GOD

"This rock- - the Christ of God," Matthew 16:18

The "laid foundation," I Corinthians 3:11

The "tried" foundation, Isaiah 28:16

The apostolic foundation, Ephesians 2:20

IS CHRIST OR MAN THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR CHURCH?

ITS WORSHIP - - "IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH

Teaching, Acts 2:42; I Timothy 3:15, Romans 10:14-15

Praying, Acts 2:42; I Thessalonians 5:17, 25

Communion,  I Corinthians 10:16; 11:20-30; Acts 20:7

Singing, Ephesians 5:18, 19; Colossians 3:16

Giving, I Corinthians 16:1, 2; II Corinthians 9:7

DOES YOUR CHURCH WORSHIP ONLY IN THESE ACTS? 

ITS WORK - - SAVING SOULS 

Preaching the gospel, I Thessalonians 1:8;

II Corinthians 11:8; Philippians 4:14-18

Providing for its poor, Acts 4:34, 35; 6:1-7

Edifying itself, Ephesians 4:11-16

IS YOUR CHURCH WORKING THE WORKS OF GOD OR MEN? 

ITS DOCTRINE - - THE NEW TESTAMENT

Christ is the Lawgiver, Ephesians 4:7-16; 5:24 

The Holy Spirit is the Realer, I Corinthians 2:13;

Ephesians 3:1-6

The apostles' teaching is its manual, Acts 2:42; 

Ephesians 2:20

IS THE DOCTRINE OF YOUR CHURCH THE APOSTLES' WORD ONLY? 

ITS ORGANIZATION - -CONGREGATIONAL 

Organically independent of every other local church

Self-governing under Christ , the heavenly bishop, Acts 14:23; I Peter 5:4; 2:25; Philippians 1:1)

with bishops (elders, pastors, presbyters) who feed, tend, oversee, and rule the flock among them,

Acts 20:17, 28; I Peter 5:2-4; I Timothy 3:1-7; Hebrews 13:17

With deacons to serve, I Timothy 3:8-13

With members who minister in word and deed,

I Corinthians 12:24-27

DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE ANY ORGANIZATION GREATER THAN A LOCALIZED ARRANGEMENT? 

ITS DESTINY - - HEAVEN 

By heaven's wisdom it was purposed, Ephesians 3:10,11

By heaven's love it was purchased, Ephesians 5:25;

Acts 20:28

By heaven's grace it is kept, Romans 5:2, Ephesians 1:7; 

Hebrews 4:16

For heaven's glory it hopes, II Timothy 2:10;

Hebrews 2:10; I Peter 5:1, 10

To heaven it will go, I Peter 1:4; Colossians 1:5

In heaven it will remain, I Thessalonians 4:17;

I Corinthians 15:24

In heaven it shall rest, Hebrews 4:8-11

IS HEAVEN THE DESTINY OF YOUR CHURCH?

ITS UNITY - - UNDENOMINATIONAL  

The Savior prayed for it, John 17:20, 21

The apostles pled for it, I Corinthians 1:10 

The apostles present the plan for it, Ephesians 4:4-6

ONE body - - unity in  organism (parts) Romans 12:4

ONE Spirit - - unity in life, I Corinthians 1:10 

ONE hope - - unity in trust, I Thessalonians 4:13-18

ONE Lord - - unity in authority, I Corinthians 8:5, 6b

ONE faith  - - unity in message, Galatians 1:6-12

ONE baptism - - unity in practice, Acts 8:12, Romans 6:4

ONE God - - unity in worship, I Corinthians 8:5, 6a

The faithful of God perpetuate it, Ephesians 4:1-3

IS YOUR CHURCH A DENOMINATION?

ITS UNIVERSALITY - - ALL NATIONS  

The comission of its heralds is world-wide,

Matthew 28:18-20

Its scope involves every race, color, and tongue,

Mark 16:15, 16

Its duration is age lasting, I Corinthians 15:23-26

Its fellowship is for the obedient, I John 1:7

Its benefits are eternal, II Peter 1:10, 11; Revelation 22:2

IS YOUR CHURCH UNIVERSAL IN TIME AND MEMBERSHIP? 

ITS GOVERNMENT - - AN ABSOLUTE MONARCHY

In heaven is its head, Ephesians 1:19-21; 4:8-10

From heaven came its law, Ephesians 1:22; 4:11-16; Romans 8:2

Under heaven it serves, Ephesians 5:23, 24

Toward heaven it worships, John 4:24; Acts 12:5 

IS THE GOVERNMENT OF YOUR CHURCH FROM HEAVEN OR MEN? 

"EVERY PLANT WHICH MY HEAVENLY FATHER HATH NOT PLANTED, SHALL BE ROOTED UP"        MATTHEW 15:13

Who planted what you are involved in (regarding worship)? Was it really God or Man?