"IDENTIFYING THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH"
I. DOES THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH EXIST TODAY?
Gates of Hell have not prevailed against it. Mt. 16:18.
Could not be destroyed. Da. 2:44; Isa. 9:6, 7; Lu. 1:30-33.
Could not be shaken. Heb. 12:28
There are over six hundred religious bodies in the world. They cannot all
right. Some must be counterfeit. The presence of the counterfeit
argues that some where there is a genuine.
II. ONLY ONE RELIGIOUS BODY CAN BE IDENTICAL WITH
THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH.
religious body bears one or more points of resemblance to the New
point of dissimilarity brands a religious body as a counterfeit.
church of Christ is identical with the New Testament church in every
III. HOW CAN THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH BE IDENTIFIED?
By its name. Things are identified by name.
By complete description of it in New Testament.
By certain distinctive marks revealed in New Testament.
By the fruit it bears. Matt. 7:13-20.
IV. ITS IDENTITY.
Christ is the ONLY Head. Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18.
It is named for Christ. Eph. 3:15; Act. 20:28; Ro. 16:16.
Its members wear but one name. Acts 11:26.
It began at Jerusalem. Acts 1:8; 2:5, 14.
Its origin dates from Pentecost, A. D. 33. Acts 2:1.
Its "charter members" were Jews. Any church founded by Gentiles is not
New Testament church.
The New Testament is its ONLY rule of faith and practice.
It has congregational form of government.
It observes weekly communion, partaking of the Lord's Supper every Lord's
day. Acts. 20:7.
It sings without instrumental accompaniment. Col. 3:16.
Supported by weekly contribution from members.
Must preach same gospel the apostles preached. Mk. 16:15, 16; Acts 2:38;
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