There are two basic questions to consider when we go back to the basics:
Why are you a member of the church of Christ?
If you are not a member of the church of Christ, why are you a member of the religious organization that you are?
I can’t answer the second question because I am not a member of a religious sect. I can only answer the first question because God added me to His church.
WHY I AM A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST?
It was founded by the scriptural builder:
a) Christ founded the scriptural church – Matthew 16:18-19
b) If a church was founded by any other man it is not scriptural, simply because we can’t find any scriptural verse.
It was founded on the scriptural foundation:
a) A scriptural church must have a scriptural foundation – 1 Cor 3:10-11, Eph 2:19-22, Matt 7:24-25
b) It is important to realize that a good foundation is of extreme importance. No structure built out of proportion with the foundation can stand long – 1 Cor 3:12-15, Matt 15:13, Matt 7:26-27
It was founded at the scriptural place:
a) We cannot be a member of the scriptural church unless he is a member of the church founded at the scriptural place - Isa 2:2-3, Mic 4:1-2, Zech 1:16
b) Jesus, in giving His worldwide commission, taught that Jerusalem was to be the starting place of the church - Luke 24:46-49, Acts 2:1-4
c) If a church was first founded in America, London, Rome, or Philippines, that Church is not of the Lord’s church. The Lord’s church did not have its origin in any of these places.
It possesses scriptural organization:
a) Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist and teaching Pastors – Eph 4:11, 1 Cor 12:28
b) The Bible clearly states that the church is to be governed by the elders of the local church. Deacons are to help and serve in this work. Bible teaches very plainly that elders are to be ordained in every church - Titus 1:5, Act 14:23
c) Religious Organizations today are ruled by their ecclesiastical (Clergy) forms of government like Reverend Pastor, Senior Pastor, Directors and Others
It has the scriptural creed:
a) The Bible contains all that we need; we need nothing else to make us pleasing in the sight of God. - Isa 34:16, 2 Peter 1:3, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
b) Human creeds or a Church Manual are the stigma of weakness and imperfection. Human creeds cannot be defended.
It has the scriptural answer: “What must I do to be saved?”:
a) The absolute necessity of faith is emphasized from the beginning to the end of the Bible. - Act 2:37-38, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 15:9, Rom 15:1, 2 Cor 5:7, Acts 16:31, Heb 11:6, Galatians 2:20, John 8:24, 1 John 5:4
b) Many deceived people contend that faith comes as a result of a miraculous operation upon the heart. Others believe because of what their parents/Pastors told them.
It speaks of the church in scriptural terms:
a) “Churches of Christ” (Rom 16:16)
“Church of God” (1 Cor 1:2).
“Church of the living God” (1 Tim 3:15)
“Church of the firstborn” (Heb. 12:23)
b) People who claim that they belong to Christ and yet are members of a religious group whose name is foreign from the Bible, this is a dishonor to our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ….
There are more scriptural testimonies and evidences from the Bible, but I think seven (7) good reasons are more than enough to answer the question, “Why I am a member of the Church of Christ?”
THEREFORE : If our neighbors/friends were ask us why we are a member of the church of Christ or what is the difference of the church of Christ and the other churches, I pray we could give them a scriptural answer.
“Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.’” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
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