The common refrain today is “preach Christ and not Church. Afterall there is no church in heaven”
So of recent I have decided to follow that line of thought but it is simply not making sense.
The more I preach Christ the more the church is featured.
The Christ I am told to preach only is the one who promised to build a church. Matt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The Christ I am told to preach only is the one who died and his blood used to purchase the church. Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
The Christ I am told to preach only is the one declared to be the head of the church. Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Dear friends, it is practically impossible to separate Christ from the church.
The church is the orientation agency of Christ. Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
The church is the home of the saved who have been rescued from the kingdom of darkness. Act 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
The church today is liken to the ark built by Noah. Those who were inside escaped the flood. If you are not inside, you are outside.
The church of Christ is not so much a name, as it is a description.. We are a congregation of people who belong to Christ. Each of us recognized the sins in his or her life and came to God for salvation as the Bible instructs.
We do not use creeds, teachings of men or revelation newer than the Holy Bible. We are simply Christians following the teachings of Jesus, His apostles, and prophets found in the New Testament. It is our commitment to live by these teachings to the best of our ability.
When you visit our assemblies, you will be greeted and feel welcome. These are the things you will find us doing in our worship services:
On the first day of every week, we observe the Lord’s Supper in His memory, in the manner He has prescribed in the New Testament.
At our Sunday assemblies, we cheerfully contribute to the work of the church of our own free will as directed. We do not ask non-members to financially support our work.
At every assembly, we pray…more than once. Prayer is a part of what we do as a congregation, as well as privately each day.
We love to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. It is the most often heard comment of visitors…I so enjoyed your singing.”
We listen to messages from God’s Word. Biblically sound sermons are an edifying way to grow nearer to the Lord.
We invite you to come and study with us at any church of Christ near you. There is power in following the pattern set by Christ for his people for all ages. We believe that the Bible explains everything we need to know to best live our days and go to heaven when our earthly days are over. If this is you, we will be happy to talk with you or study with you from the Bible as you seek to learn more about God and bring your life into harmony with His will.
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