The Church Is Not A Building Heb.10:25 GOD-CENTERED NOT MAN-FOCUSED
The Church Is People (The Saved Acts 2:47) GOD-CENTERED NOT MAN-FOCUSED
Which Phrases Are God- Centered Or Man-Focused? “Attend The Church Of Your Choice” “One Church Is As Good As Another” “Go Where Family Always Attended” “Attend A Church That Makes People Feel Good; Has Exciting Worship; Engages In Fun Activities; Etc.”
Survey : “What Do You Want In A Church?” Answer : It Does Not Matter What I, Or You, Want, The Question Is: “ What Does The Lord Want And Require !”
CHURCH OF CHRIST Scripturally Named: Glorify- ing Christ Rather Than Man (Romans 16:16; Acts 20:28) HE Built It (Mat.16:18; Acts 2:47) HE Died For It (Acts 20:28) HE Is Its Savior (Eph.5:23-25) HE Is Its Head (Eph.1:22-23)
Who Is Being Glorified When A Church Wears The Name Of: A Man? (Lutheran, Wesleyan) An Act Or Process? (Baptist, Metho- dist, Adventist, Christian Science) A Method Of Government? (Episco- pal, Presbyterian, Congregational) Obviously Man & Not Christ!
Practices Scriptural Worship: Honoring Christ Not Man Sing (Eph.5:19; 1 Cor.14:15) Pray (Acts 12:5; 1 Cor.14:15) Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7) Give (1 Cor.16:1-2; 2 Cor.9:7) Preach (Acts 11:26; 1 Cor.14:19)
Who Is Being Honored When The Church Is Worshiping By: Using Instrumental Music? Having Choirs And Soloists?
John Calvin, Presbyterian: "Musical Instruments in celebrating the praises of God would be no more suitable than the burning of incense, the lighting of lamps, and the restoration of the other shadows of the law." John Wesley, Methodist: "I have no objection to instruments of music in our chapels, provided they are neither heard nor seen."
CHURCH OF CHRIST Martin Luther, Reformation Leader: "The organ in the worship service is a sign of Baal.” Charles Spurgeon, Baptist: “What a degradation to supplant the intelligent song of the whole congregation by the theatrical prettinesses of a quartet, the refined niceties of a choir, or the blowing off of wind from inanimate bellows and pipes! We might as well pray by machin- ery as praise by it”.
CHURCH OF CHRIST Who Is Being Honored When The Church Is Worshiping By: Using Instrumental Music? Having Choirs And Soloists? Observing L.S. Occasionally? Taking Collection Weekdays? Obviously Man & Not Christ!
Engages In Scriptural Work: Obeying Christ Not Man Evangelism (Mark 16:15-16; 1 Thess.1:5-8; Phil.4:15-16) Edification (Mat.28:18-20; 1 Cor.3:6; 14:3-5, Acts 20:7) Limited Benevolence (Acts 6:1-3; 11:28-30; Rom.15:25-26)
Who Is Being Obeyed When The Church Works By Or Includes: Missionary Societies Or Sponsor- ing Churches? (Disciples Of Christ; Institutional Churches Of Christ) Practices General Benevolence? Builds Gymnasiums, Fellowship Halls And Family Life Centers? Obviously Man & Not Christ!
Teaches Scriptural Salvation: Yielding To Christ Not Man Hear (Romans 10:17) Believe (John 3:16) Repent (Luke 13:3) Confess (Romans 10:9-10) Be Baptized (Mark 16:16)
Who Is Being Yielded To When Church Teaches Salvation By: Faith Only? (Calvinist; Baptist; Presbyterian; Community) Believe = Saved + Baptized Infant Baptism? (Episcopal; Catholic; Lutheran; Methodist) Baptized = Saved + Believe Obviously Man & Not Christ! Believe + Baptized = Saved
Ephesians 5:27 - that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.