Free Powerpoint Templates The Name of the Church Romans 16:16b The churches of Christ greet you.
Are Names Important ? God named several people in the Bible Abram/Abraham – Genesis 17:5 Jacob/Israel – Genesis 32:28 John – Luke 1:13 Jesus – Matthew 1:21 Would you name your child Judas or Jezebel ?
What did the Prophets say ? Isaiah 56:5 Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name That shall not be cut off. Isaiah 62:2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the Lord will name.
What did the Prophets say ? Acts 11:26b And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. 1 Peter 4:16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
By what name was the church called ? The church – Colossians 1:18 - And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. The body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:27 – Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
By what name was the church called ? « My church » – Matthew 16:18 - And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. The church of God – 1 Corinthians 1:2a – To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,
By what name was the church called ? The church of the living God – 1 Timothy 3:15 - but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. The churches of Christ – Romans 16:16b – The churches of Christ greet you.
By what name was the church called ? The household of faith – Galatians 6:10 - Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. The church of the firstborn – Hebrews 12:23 – to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Why do we use « churches of Christ » ? Why do we NOT use Church of God, Church of the Firstborn, Church of the Living God, and other Biblical terms ? In 1 st century – « The church » was all that was needed Today , because of there are hundreds of denominations – we must use a designation that does not confuse.
What were members of the church called ? Christians – Acts 11:26b And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Disciples – Acts 19:30 And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him. Children of God – Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
What were members of the church called ? Brethren – 1 Corinthians 15:6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. Saints – Romans 1:7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Some closing thoughts : There is no surer path religiously than to do Bible things in Bible ways and call Bible things by Bible names. Martin Luther – I pray you leave my name alone, and do not call yourselves “Lutherans”, but Christians. Who is Luther ? My doctrine is not mine. I have not been crucified for anyone.