Multiplying Religious Error

Text: Ezekiel 16:23-26 Our text uses some rather crude language to describe the sin of the people of Jerusalem. They had been unfaithful to God and committed spiritual adultery. In an effort to please all the nations around them, they multiplied their sin. This is analogous to what is happening more and more in the religious world, particularly […]

The Churches of Men

Text: Matthew 15:13 There are many churches in the religious world that can be classified as “churches of men.” We need to be warned about these churches – not just so that we can avoid being a part of them, but so that we can help lead others out of them. Define “Churches of Men” We often […]

Why Were They Called Churches of Christ?

Text: Romans 16:16 Paul referred to the congregations with which he was associated as “churches of Christ.” Many brethren, in an effort to follow the New Testament pattern, have also used this to identify local churches. But some have tried to distance themselves from this name. Our desire must be to please Christ and serve […]

The Problem with Denominations

Text: Matthew 16:18 In the first century, there were no denominations – only the Lord’s church. But today, there are thousands of denominations. Is this a problem? Many say “no” – they have been taught to join the church of their choice because one church is as good as another. Yet the Bible says that […]

Names of the Church

Text: Matthew 16:18 Jesus promised to build His church, but what church is it? It is the church we can read about in the NT. Does it have a name? There are a few names that can be given, each one teaching us something about the Lord’s church. Church of Christ (Romans 16:16) Used for […]

What Makes Us Different?

Text: 1 Peter 2:9 God expects His people to be distinct. This not only means we will be distinct from the world, but His church will be distinct from the denominations. Though both will claim to follow Christ, there are great differences between them. The reason comes down to what we recognize and accept about […]

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), […]