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Moorhead, MN 56560

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Sunday AM Services
Bible Class 10:00 -10:45 am
Fellowship 10:45 - 11:00 am
Worship 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday PM Services
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Wednesday Bible Study | 7:00 pm

 

What is the church of Christ?

The church of Christ is the body of the saved people called out of the domain of darkness of sin in the world and transferred into the kingdom of Christ [Col. 1:13-14; 1 Pt. 2:9]. In Matthew 16:18-19 during His earthly ministry Jesus said He would build His church. After His ascension back to heaven Peter opened the door of Christ’s church/kingdom through the preaching of the gospel in Acts 2. The Lord’s church continued to grow as the message was continually preached [Acts 4:4; 5:14; 6:7; 11:21,24; 16:5]. All those who God saves are placed in the church of Christ [Acts 2:41, 47]. While other churches have emerged over the centuries they are not the one body which Jesus built and which existed in the first century [Mt. 16:18; Eph. 4:4-6]. The gospel and the doctrine taught by the apostles and faithful preachers throughout the ancient world during the first century was the same message [1 Cor. 4:17; 7:17; 11:16; 14:33; 16:1; Gal. 1:6-10]. Preaching the one gospel given by Christ honored Jesus’ prayer that all would be one [Jn. 17]. Jesus shed His blood for only this one church which He instituted [Acts 20:28]. In Ephesians 5:22ff the apostle Paul used an analogy of the human body with regard to Christ and the church. There is one head and one body. If other churches are supposedly the body of Christ than the analogy of Christ and church with the human body is destroyed. A human head does not have multiple bodies attached to it. It has only one. There is only one church and Jesus is the savior of this body [Eph. 5:23]. It is the church in the New Testament. Christ’s church is found today wherever the New Testament alone is used authoritatively as the pattern for salvation, worship, church government and Christian living. One cannot be saved without being in the New Testament church.

What is the purpose of the church of Christ?

The Lord’s church is His temple and His Spirit resides in them who compose it [1 Cor. 3:16]. The Bible says that in Christ we are “… a chosen race, royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that [we] may proclaim the excellencies of Him…” (1 Pt. 2:9). And we are “…built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pt. 2:5). Our goal is to be living and holy sacrifices, acceptable to God [Rom. 12:1] and keep ourselves unspotted by the filth of sin in the world [Jms 1:27; Rev. 3:4]. So, that we may acceptably worship God in spirit and truth [Jn. 4:24], and do the “…good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Eph. 2:10]. We are God’s light and God’s salt in terms of our influence in the world [Mt. 5:13-14]. Our purpose is to bring glory to Him in every aspect of our lives for we exist for Him [Acts 17:28].

What is the objective of the church of Christ?

There is a three fold work given to the Lord’s church. First, the church is to evangelize. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel or good news to all creation. "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned (Mark 16:15-16). According to Matthew 28:19-20, this is a perpetual command that all disciples must carry out. Since humans fall from God’s grace because of their own sin which they do [Rom. 3:23] this sinful condition makes them enemies of God and sets them on course to receive God’s wrath [Rom. 5:9-10]. “…the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, that is with an obedient faith (Rom.

1:5, 16). Our job is to seek and save the spiritually lost from the torment of hell with the message of the gospel so that they can have the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life in heaven [Acts 2:38; 3:19; Heb. 5:9]. Second, the church is to edify or spiritually build up its members. Those who are added by the Lord to the church need to be taught how to live in a covenant relationship with a holy and righteous God. They have to learn the way of the Lord in terms of knowing of Him in greater understanding, the kind of sacrifices to offer Him and how to live right before Him in their daily lives. This is done by the church through the preaching and teaching of God’s word [Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 14]. The faith of individual believers in the church must be built up through knowledge, encouragement, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. Our job is to keep the saved, saved so that none loose their crown of life. And, third the church is to practice benevolence or give aid to those who are in need of the necessities of life, whether in Christ or unbelievers [Gal. 6:10; Mt. 25:31-46]. However, the priority of our benevolent help is to be directed toward the brethren or those in the Lord’s church [Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-37; 11:27-30; 1 Tim. 5:3-16; Jms. 1:27]. Benevolence is an individual as well as a collective (i.e., the church) obligation. The practice of benevolence is the evidence of a working faith [Jms. 2:14-17] and an expression of love one for another [1 Jn. 3:17-18]. Our job is to use the material blessings of God, which He has given to us to minister to the needs of others who lack the basic necessities of life, when provided the ability and opportunity to do so.

 

       
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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