Dec. 27. What Makes Members of the Lord’s Church Different?

“Come out from among them And be separate…” Paul quoted the Lord as he admonished the Corinthians to live separate and different lives from unbelievers (II Cor. 6:17).

1. Today, churches of Christ are pleading for unity—not a compromise of beliefs, but that everyone will go back to the Bible and obey the same gospel that the early church obeyed (Gal. 1:6-10; I Pet. 4:11).

2. Don’t add to or take away from the Scriptures (Rev. 22:18, 19). Even though these verses pertain in context to the prophecies of Revelation, the principle applies to all of God’s word.

3. The only name for followers of Christ is Christian. There are no kinds of Christians—just Christians. (Acts 11:26)

4. There is no set formula or order of worship for Christians as long as it is decent and orderly (I Cor. 14:40). Jesus informed the “Samaritan woman by the well” in Jn. 4:23, 24 that true worshippers will worship in spirit and truth—the right frame of mind and according to the commands of God. We have specific commands and examples of true worship found in the New Testament writings. Worship consists of praying, singing, studying the Scriptures, contributing of our means, observing the Lord’s supper memorial and godly living.

5. As has been established earlier in this study, the church that Jesus built on the rock (Peter’s confession) in Mt. 16:16-18 is not a denomination. It can be identified today by placing it alongside the scriptural pattern and it will correspond to that pattern. Conversely, any church regardless of the name it wears that teaches and practices doctrines that are not found in God’s Word becomes a division or denomination.

6. When teaching the Scriptures, Christians must do so in a spirit of humility. It is not a matter of “I am right and you are wrong,” but a matter of the BIBLE is right; not WHO is right, but WHAT is right.

7. In Eph. 4:1-6, the apostle Paul pleaded with the Ephesian church to remain united. He stated in 4-6, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”