THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHURCH

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Shelby G. Floyd

This subject ought to be brought before young people and others continually. It is a topic that must be stamped indelibly upon the hearts of all who would please our heavenly Father and who would know the truth. It is a simple subject, and yet one that is not known or understood by many people. The subject is, “The Establishment of the Church.” Continue reading “THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHURCH”

THE IDENTITY OF THE CHURCH

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Shelby G. Floyd

Have you been able to identify the Lord’s church among all the different religious groups? There are several unmistakable marks of identity of the church that stand out so plainly in the New Testament. Jesus only promised to build one church. Make sure you can identify with the church that was purchased with the precious blood of Jesus.  Continue reading “THE IDENTITY OF THE CHURCH”

Identity of the Church of Christ

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Christ Promised To Build His Church

Jesus Christ definitely promised to build his church. When he was in the area of Caesarea Philippi, he said to his disciples, “…and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Christ emphatically stated that nothing could keep him from building his church, not even his death on the cross, nor the gates leading in and. out of Hades could prevail over his power in building his church. According to promise, Christ built his church, and it had its beginning in the city of Jerusalem, on the first Pentecost following his resurrection from the grave. Continue reading “Identity of the Church of Christ”

The One Church

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Jesus Promised to Build One Church. Contrary to the popular notion that one may join the church of his choice, the Bible teaches that there is just one church. In fact, Jesus Christ never promised to build but one church. In the area of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus said, “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” (Matthew 16:18 NKJV). Jesus did not say, “I will build my churches,” but he said, “I will build my church,” singular. Jesus built but one church, and he called it “my church.” Continue reading “The One Church”

What is the Church?

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Contrary to the popular notion that one may join the church of his choice, the Bible teaches that there is just one church. In fact, Jesus Christ never promised to build but one church. In the area of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus said, “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16: 18). Jesus did not say, “I will build my churches,” but he said, “I will build my church,” singular. Jesus built but one church, and he called it “my church.”

The One Church in Ephesians

In the book of Ephesians, the one church which Jesus promised to build is mentioned several times as an established reality. In the first chapter, Paul affirmed the supreme authority of Christ as the head of the church, “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” (Ephesians 1: 22-23). This one church is spoken of as the body of Christ. The word body is in the singular.

Christ is the Head of the One Body—the Church

Christ is the one head, and the church is his one body which together forms a unit. This is a figurative reference to the human organism which has one head and one body. The idea of modern denominationalism is foreign to the teaching of the New Testament. In New Testament times there were many congregations, but they all formed one body or one church.

The Jew and Gentile Are Reconciled unto God in One Body

In Ephesians chapter two, Paul speaks of the alienation of the Jew and the Gentile being reconciled together in one body by the cross of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2: 16). The gospel is a gospel of peace to both the Jew and the Gentile, for it is through Christ that both have access unto the Father by the one Spirit into the one body. Continue reading “What is the Church?”

The Church and Salvation

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Shelby G. Floyd

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We commonly hear religious people say that it doesn’t make any difference whether you are a member of the church or not, that you can be a Christian outside of the church, and therefore you can be saved without the church. They will say that you do not need to be a member of any church to be saved. Can one be saved outside the church? Our question must be answered by the Bible.

Is Salvation Possible Outside of the Church?

God has always circumscribed his blessings within a certain sphere. Those who are without that sphere are without the blessings that God has placed within that particular place. For instance, God placed salvation from the flood within the ark. Those who failed to hear the preaching of Noah and enter the ark were lost. Those, who by faith did believe Noah, entered into the ark of safety, and were saved from the flood. Peter made mention of this fact, and used it by way of illustration, when he said, “who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3: 20-21 NKJV).

Eight People Were Saved in the Ark

God was longsuffering while the ark was being prepared; but very few entered into the ark. Only eight souls were saved in the ark and by the water. That was a figure of how people are saved today. God not only tells us by whom we are saved, but he tells us by what we are saved, and where we are saved. The Bible teaches us that we are saved by Christ, which is the “who.” For instance, Paul says, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5: 9). The apostle further says, “Therefore endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2: 10).

Paul was willing to endure, suffer and sacrifice all things for the elect’s sakes—those are the ones that are saved—that they may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus. Where is salvation? It’s in Christ Jesus. Moreover, there is no salvation in any other, “This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4: 12). This adds up that God has appointed us to be saved through our Lord Jesus Christ, that salvation is in Christ Jesus, and one can’t be saved by any other name.

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