image comes to your mind when someone mentions the word, “church"?
When many people think of the “church” they picture a
grand cathedral or some other building. Sadly, nothing can be further
from the truth. The church is made up of people, not bricks, but living
stones. “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual
house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable
to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5).
“church” simply means “the called out.” The
church today then is made up of those individuals who have been called
out of the world. This call comes from God’s word. “To
which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess. 2:14). This call (if we
heed it) will bring us out of the world and into the church wherein
all the saved reside. “Praising God and having favor with all
the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were
being saved.” (Acts 2:47). What is the church? Collectively,
it is all of those who have obeyed the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
was established on the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2. There
is only one. Ephesians 4:4 tells us that there is one body while Ephesians
1:22-23 tells us that the body is the church. We believe that the
divisiveness of denominationalism goes against the teachings of Christ
and His Apostles. "I do not pray for these alone, but also for
those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may
be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may
be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
(John 17:20-21). Therefore, the church of Christ does not consider
itself to be a denomination (all of which were started by various
men or women after the day of Pentecost) but simply the New Testament
church. We strive to respect Christ’s authority in all that
we do. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name
of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
(Col. 3:17). Members of the church of Christ are simply Christians,
nothing more and nothing less.