said, I will build my church (Matt 16:18)
We see the fulfillment of that promise in the first two chapters
of the New Testament book of Acts. The church had a great beginning
as the apostle Peter preached the first gospel sermon and in
one day about 3,000 souls "gladly received his word"
and were baptized (Acts 2:41). Then we learn that "the Lord
added to the church daily those who were being saved" (Acts
Jesus declared, "All authority
has been given unto me in heaven and on earth" (Matthew
28:18). Shortly thereafter, Jesus ascended up into heaven, but
He told his apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit to remind
them of all that He had taught them (John 14:26), and to guide
them "into all truth" (John 16:13). These apostles
recognized Jesus as the "head over all things to the church"
(Ephesians 1:22). Any church that claims to belong to Christ
should be the same as the one He built that you can read about
in the Bible. Anything else is something other than the Lord's
to His Church?
From its very beginning we learn that "the Lord added to
the church daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2:42).
One might wonder how one becomes a saved person
who is added to Christ's church. Actually, the Bible tells us,
clearly and plainly, what one must do to be saved. To put it
simply, one must believe and obey the gospel (Romans 1:16).
We find that "without
faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews 11:6). Also,
Jesus warned that "if you do not believe that I am He, you
will die in your sins" (John 8:24). So, we find that in
order to be saved you must believe in Jesus as the Son of God.
While many think that this is all you must do to be saved, the
Bible indicates that you are not justified by "faith only"
(James 2:24). Faith must prompt you to repent of your sins. Jesus
warned that, "unless you repent, you will all likewise perish"
(Luke 13:3). He also requires that you confess your faith in
Him (Matthew 10:32-33). Finally, just like those in the first
century, you must be baptized "for the remission of sins"
(Acts 2:38). It is at the point of baptism that you "wash
away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16).
The apostle Paul confirms this by declaring, "For as many
of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ"
is the People NOT the Building
Paul taught, "God...dwelleth NOT in temples made with hands"
(Acts 17:24) and that the church
is made up of "lively" stones -- that is, people (1
is NOT a Denomination
The Lord's church is not Catholic, Jewish or Protestant -- it
is non-denominational. Denominations are "churches"
established by men, but the Lord's church is of divine origin
(see Matt 16:18).
is NOT a Political Organization
The Lord's church has no political agenda. Jesus said, "My
kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36).
is NOT a Social Institution
When Paul wrote to the Roman Christians he said, "For the
kingdom is not meat and drink, but righteousness and peace, and
joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom 14:17).