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Christianity Without Denominationalism?

Can you have a church without it being a denomination? Yes! By following the Gospel pattern Jesus and His apostles taught, we can duplicate today the dynamic church found in the Book of Acts. The world had never heard of a denomination at that time.

A little investigation into the New Testament shows that the First Century churches were nothing like today’s monstrous man­originated denominations. When Jesus promised, “…I will build my church…” (Matthew 16:13­18), He did not have in mind a group divided into small parts, teaching different doctrines and opposing each other. We know this because He prayed that all His followers would be “one” (John 17:20,21) and added all those saved to one church (Acts 2:47). He sent the Holy Spirit to further instruct that there would be “one body” (Ephesians 4:4), and reprimanded those who introduced divisive doctrines and practices (1 Corinthians 1:10).

Jesus proclaimed, “I am the way, the truth and the life…” (John 14:6). When we follow Jesus by imitating His love and obeying His commandments, there is no need for membership in any religious group founded and directed by mere men. What is the Lord’s way? Jesus taught lost sinners to:

Hear and believe His Gospel (John 6:44­-45; Romans 10:17).

Repent from all sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).

Confess Him before others (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:10).

Be baptized in water for forgiveness of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 10:48; 1 Peter 3:21; John 3:5; Titus 3:5).

Those who became disciples were simply called “Christians” (Isaiah 62:2; Acts 11:26). They were neither “ites,” “ics,”not “its,” nor “Brand A, B, and C” Christians. They were added to the Lord’s body, His church (Acts 2:40­47), and no one “voted on their membership.” Such practices are foreign to the New Testament.

The New Testament church has no organization on earth larger than local congregations. Each was led by elders, served by deacons, preachers, and teachers. There was no governing body to hand down doctrine or to take dues. Jesus is “…the head of his body, the church…” (Ephesians 1:22,23; Colossians 1:18). The headquarters of the Lord’s church are in Heaven, where He resides at God’s right hand (1 Peter 3:22), not in Rome, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Salt Lake City, Nashville, Memphis, nor Cleveland, Tennessee.

 

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What is your delight?

Psalm 1:1-2
1 Blessed is the man, who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law, he meditates day and night.

In what do we delight? What is our passion? What gets us up in the morning, keeps us going all day and even into the night? Is it sports? Politics? Our job? Family?

The stark reality is that things of this world will soon pass (2 Peter 3:9-10). The only thing that is eternal over which we control is our soul. We determine the destiny of our soul by whether we HEAR, LEARN, RESPECT and OBEY the law of the Lord.

Jesus said his word would judge us at the last day (John 12:48). Are you cramming for final exams? Do we love our Lord (John 14:15)? Then zealously, diligently and fervently read and study his word.
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What’s your goal?

Philippians 3:14
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

The valiant apostle Paul had served God in all good conscience (Acts 23:1), even in error persecuting Christians. Upon learning the truth, he reversed directions from a persecutor to a proclaimer of Christianity as the only way to heaven.

Upon becoming a servant of Christ, Paul never looked back. He “kept on keeping on” toward the goal of heaven eternal. He neared the end of his life with confidence that God would give him a crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:6-8).

Let us follow Paul’s example (1 Corinthians 11:1) as he followed Christ, without wavering. Let us press toward the glorious prize.

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Can’t Hide!!

Numbers 32:23
23 But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.

As a child, I truly believed my mother had eyes in the back of her head. She could tell me that I should not do what I was in the process of doing while she was looking in a different direction. Dad knew what I had done even before I told him. How? I did not understand that loving godly parents KNOW their children.

God loves us. He has instructed us, he has also warned us. One fact that is undeniable “be sure your sins will find you out”! We will reap what we sow (Gal 6:7-8). No one else in the world may know, others may think you are perfect, but God knows. In Judgment, all things will be revealed and we will be judged according to our deeds (Romans 2:5-6).

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