Christ's True Church Today

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  • Christ's True Church Today

    1. 2. <ul><li>The church is a valuable & necessary part of God’s eternal plan for our salvation - Ephesians 3:10-11 </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus died for His church </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:25 </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus built it – Mt. 16:18; Acts 2:47 </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus is its Head & its Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Eph. 1:22; 1 Cor. 3:11 </li></ul><ul><li>It is the body of Christ – Eph. 1:22-23 </li></ul><ul><li>It is the house (family) of God – 1 Tim. 3:15 </li></ul>
    2. 3. <ul><li>Investigate the church of Christ: </li></ul><ul><li>NO CREED BUT CHRIST. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus is the object of our Faith. Jn.8:23-24 </li></ul><ul><li>Object of our Faith is Jesus Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Jn. 20:30-31; Acts 8:36-37 </li></ul><ul><li>To obey His commands is to believe in Christ to save us. Rom. 6:3-6; Mk. 16:16; </li></ul><ul><li>1 Cor. 11:24 </li></ul>
    3. 4. <ul><li>NO RULE OF FAITH & PRACTICE BUT THE REVEALED WILL OF CHRIST, THE NEW TESTAMENT: </li></ul><ul><li>We follow Christ’s word in all things. </li></ul><ul><li>Mt. 28:18, 20; Col. 3:17; Heb. 1:1-2; How? Mt. 17:5; Heb. 5:9 </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible is man’s only & all sufficient, infallible guide in spiritual matters </li></ul><ul><li>2 Peter 1:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:16 </li></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>NO RULE OF FAITH & PRACTICE BUT THE REVEALED WILL OF CHRIST, THE NEW TESTAMENT: </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible is our basis & common ground for unity. </li></ul><ul><li>Jn. 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10; Gal. 5:22-26 </li></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>NO RULE OF FAITH & PRACTICE BUT THE REVEALED WILL OF CHRIST, THE NEW TESTAMENT: </li></ul><ul><li>Creeds, catechisms, confessions, disciplines, etc. sow discord, division & strife! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If creeds are just “what the Bible teaches” why have them? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If they are more than the Bible we must reject them! Rev. 22:18 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If they are less than the Bible – reject them! Rev. 22:19 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If they are the same why have them? 2 Jn. 9 </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>TO ACCEPT THE BIBLE AS ONE’S ONLY “RULE OF FAITH & PRACTICE” IS TO: </li></ul><ul><li>Wear no name but Christ’s… </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; 1 Pet. 4:16 </li></ul><ul><li>Reasons: </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation is in/by no other Name. Ac. 4:10,12 </li></ul><ul><li>Christ is not divided. 1 Cor. 1:12-13 </li></ul><ul><li>Christ was crucified for us. Gal. 3:13-14 </li></ul><ul><li>We are baptized into His name. Acts 19:3-5 </li></ul><ul><li>God is glorified in this name. 1 Peter 4:16 </li></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li>TO ACCEPT THE BIBLE AS ONE’S ONLY “RULE OF FAITH & PRACTICE” IS TO: </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange no organization but the local church! 1 Cor. 1:2; Phil. 1:1 </li></ul><ul><li>Organized & Authorized to accomplish collective action of the saints: 1 Cor. 14:40 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Edification (assembled worship, spiritual teaching) 1 Cor. 14:26 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evangelism (is the primary thing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acts 6:4; 1 Thes. 1:8; 2 Cor. 11:8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benevolence (needy Christians) - Acts 11:27-30 </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>TO ACCEPT THE BIBLE AS ONE’S ONLY “RULE OF FAITH & PRACTICE” IS TO: </li></ul><ul><li>Offer No Worship But That Which Is Authorized In the New Testament! Jn.4:23-24 </li></ul><ul><li>Worship is not entertainment, vicarious, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>It is each Christian actively honoring God! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By breaking bread - Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 10:16 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By singing - Ephesians 5:19 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By teaching God’s word - Acts 20:7; 2:42 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By praying – Acts 2:42 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By giving as God has prospered us – 1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 9:7 </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. <ul><li>TO ACCEPT THE BIBLE AS ONE’S ONLY “RULE OF FAITH & PRACTICE” IS TO: </li></ul><ul><li>Live a Life Devoted To Jesus Christ! </li></ul><ul><li>Mt. 28:19-20; Lk. 6:46; Jn. 14:15; Rom. 12:1-2 </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion: </li></ul><ul><li>The church of Christ is the only church we read about in the New Testament. </li></ul><ul><li>We must follow the N.T. or we are not a church of Christ! Rev. 2:5 </li></ul><ul><li>Will you allow Christ to add you to His church? Acts 2:47; 5:14 </li></ul>
    10. 11. Get Into Christ Where Eternal Salvation Is… 2 Timothy 2:10; Hebrews 5:9 <ul><li>How does one come to Christ & salvation? </li></ul><ul><li>By hearing – John 6:45 </li></ul><ul><li>By believing – Romans 10:10 </li></ul><ul><li>By repenting – Acts 11:18 </li></ul><ul><li>By confessing Jesus – Romans 10:10 </li></ul><ul><li>By being baptized into Christ – Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3 </li></ul>

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