belongs to His Church?
From its very beginning we learn that "the Lord added to
the church daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2:42).
One might wonder how one becomes a saved person
who is added to Christ's church. Actually, the Bible tells us,
clearly and plainly, what one must do to be saved. To put it
simply, one must believe and obey the gospel (Romans 1:16).
We find that
"without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews
11:6). Also, Jesus warned that "if you do not believe that
I am He, you will die in your sins" (John 8:24). So, we
find that in order to be saved you must believe in Jesus as the
Son of God. While many think that this is all you must do to
be saved, the Bible indicates that you are not justified by "faith
only" (James 2:24). Faith must prompt you to repent of your
sins. Jesus warned that, "unless you repent, you will all
likewise perish" (Luke 13:3). He also requires that you
confess your faith in Him (Matthew 10:32-33). Finally, just like
those in the first century, you must be baptized "for the
remission of sins" (Acts 2:38). It is at the point of baptism
that you "wash away your sins, calling on the name of the
Lord" (Acts 22:16). The apostle Paul confirms this by declaring,
"For as many of you who were baptized into Christ have put
on Christ" (Galatians 3:27).
Church is the People NOT the Building
Paul taught, "God...dwelleth NOT in temples made with hands"
(Acts 17:24) and that the church
is made up of "lively" stones -- that is, people (1
Church is NOT a Denomination
The Lord's church is not Catholic, Jewish or Protestant -- it
is undenominational. Denominations are "churches" established
by men, but the Lord's church is of divine origin (see Matt 16:18).
Church is NOT a Political Organization
The Lord's church has no political agenda. Jesus said, "My
kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36).
Church is NOT a Social Institution
When Paul wrote to the Roman Christians he said, "For the
kingdom is not meat and drink, but righteousness and peace, and
joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom 14:17).