Finding the church of Christ

There are so many churches today that it can be confusing to know what the Lord wills. We are interested only in being a member of the church that Jesus purchased with his own blood (Acts 20;28). We have no desire to be a part of or to promote any denomination. We are not interested in inventing our own faith or building our own religion.
True discipleship means abiding in the words of Jesus (John 8:31,32). The Lord says that God will uproot every tradition planted by men (Matthew 15:14). It does little good, then, to follow after contemporary, community churches that are patterned after modern, American culture rather than to follow what the Lord teaches in his Word.
The church described in the New Testament uniquely belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the head of his church (Ephesians 1:22,23) and the Savior of his body (Ephesians 5:23). None other can take his place or serve in his stead. “For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11). If one can set aside the teaching of the Lord to embrace popular thinking, one is really replacing the Lord’s way with self-made religion.
When the Lord saves a penitent believer who has been immersed in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his sins, he adds that person to his church (Acts 2:38-41,47). The Lord does not add him to any denomination. The New Testament never speaks of denominations or the concept of denominationalism. The Scriptures are not merely undenominational, they are anti-denominational, in that they speak against human traditions and the division that denominationalism tolerates.
The church presented in the New Testament only knew one body, one faith, and one baptism (Ephesians 4:4,5). Those who hold to multiple bodies, multiple faiths, and multiple baptisms cannot “abide in” the words of the Lord Jesus but go beyond the teaching. The Christianity of the New Testament had only one gospel (Galatians 1:6-9). Some people today have deserted the purity of that one gospel for a hybrid version, blending some gospel with lots of popular thinking.
To find the Lord’s church, we must return to the New Testament alone and follow the Lord’s teaching. All else is a plant that will be uprooted.

4 thoughts on “Finding the church of Christ

  1. That was an absolute great article! If more individuals outside and those who claim to be in the church of Christ (One Body in which Christ died for, Acts 20:28), then we would have more unity that is called for.

  2. Before a “bow is tied and the package sealed”, I would add the attitude needs to resemble that of Rom 14 (allow for some differences) & that of Corinthian brethren (still called brothers in spite of all the problems)

  3. Dewayne,
    What make one a brother/sister “in Christ”? They first must be “in Christ.” “For by one spirit are you baptized into one body.” 1 Cor. 12:13. “For as many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.” Thus, they are in Christ.
    Kerry

  4. There must always be room for expediency and love between brethren. We are to forbear one another in love (Eph. 4:1-3). Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8 help us to understand how to deal with the adiaphora (things indifferent). In the cases of substituting sprinkling for immersion or a hierarchy for an eldership, these are not matters that are indifferent. These are matters of doctrine and are to be obeyed. We must be careful never to mix the things that do not matter with the things that do.
    Thanks for your observation; I certainly agree with you that attitude matters. We must consider others as more significant than ourselves.
    kindly, Phil

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