Is the Church of Christ a Denomination?

The answer to this question could be ‘yes’ or ‘no’ depending on what one has in mind. This lesson will examine three things: the church of Christ, a church of Christ, and “Church of Christ.” The Church of Christ This is simply the church that belongs to Christ — He would build it (Matthew 16:18), […]

A Different Gospel

Text: Galatians 1:6-10 Jeopardizes Our Salvation (v. 6; Romans 1:16) Regardless of Preacher (v. 8; Matthew 7:15) Condemnation for Preaching a Different Gospel (v. 8-9; 1 Peter 4:11) What Other Gospels? Judaizers – failed to distinguish between the covenants (Colossians 2:14) Gnostics – taught a different Jesus (Colossians 2:9) and that sin was not a […]

The Path to Denominationalism

The Desire by Some for Power & Control – 3 John 9-10 Christians Putting their Trust in Men – 1 Corinthians 1:12; 3:4-5; 4:6 Unity on Some Other Standard than God’s Word – John 17:17 Practices/Customs that are Wrongly Bound upon Others – Matthew 15:1-9

The Path to Denominationalism

The desire by some for power and control (3 John 9-10) Christians putting their trust in men (1 Corinthians 1:12; 3:4-5; 4:6) Unity on some other standard than God’s word (John 17:20-21; 2 John 9-11) Practices/customs that are bound upon others (Matthew 15:1-9)

The New Testament Church

Jesus Built One Church – Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23 Universal Church & Local Church Universal church – all the saved (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23) Local church – Christians (members of the universal church) coming together in local groups (Hebrews 10:25) Some Degree of Uniformity among Local Churches – 2 Timothy 1:13; 1 Corinthians 4:17 What […]

The Vine and the Branches

Text: John 15:1-6 The Vine: Jesus He is the source of life He is the source of strength/nourishment He is what binds the branches together The Branches: Christians Individuals, not churches/denominations We must abide in Christ We are to bear fruit The Vinedresser: God the Father Cuts off unfruitful branches Prunes the fruitful branches Grafts […]

The Reason for the Season

Why does the religious world celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25? Biblical Ignorance – date never given, no instruction to celebrate His birth, instead we have instructions to commemorate His death Spiritual Apathy – the point above don’t matter, no desire to find Bible authority