ARE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST THE ONLY ONES GOING TO HEAVEN?
ABRASIVE-Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, EVASIVE- PHIL 1:17striving together for the faith of the gospel; 1Co 16:13 ¶ Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. JUDE 3contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
5 POINTS HELP ANSEWER THE QUESTION GOD HAS A PEOPLE. Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. GOD HAS SET ASIDE THE FORGIVEN
OBSERVATION #2 A SPECIAL GROUP OF PEOPLE DESCRIBED IN A VARITY OF WAYS. Mt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Mt 13 The kingdom of heaven is like: mustard seed, leaven, treasure, drag net, pearl of great price, wheat and tares.
Mt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Heb 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn. Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved,
Ac 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 1Pe 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Eph 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
CHURCH FLOCK BODY FAMILY 1Co 1:2 Unto the church of GodALL OF THESE BELONG TO GOD. Ro 16:16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you. DESCRIPTIONS NOT FORMAL NAMES
OBSERVATION #3 HE HAS ONLY ONE. – SPECIAL GROUP OF PEOPLE DESCRIBED IN A VARITY OF BEAUTIFUL WAYS. – DAN 6- EST A KINGDOM – MATT 16:18- MY CHURCH – Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. – THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT CALLED……………….
OBSERVATION #4 THIS ONE GROUP OF SPECIAL PEOPLE DOES NOT EXIST IN ANY AND ALL RELIGIONS. NOT ENOUGH TO BE RELIGIOUS. Mt 7:21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven Mt 7:22 "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' 23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
Ac 2:1 ¶ When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Ac 2:5 ¶ And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. Ac 2:36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." 37 ¶ Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" 38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Ac 10:1 ¶ There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. Ac 10:22 And they said, "Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you." Ac 10:47 "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.
HOW CAN I KNOW THAT THE CHURCH THAT I BELONG IS A CONGREGATION THAT BELONGS TO GOD? 1Pe 4:11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. Ga 1:6 ¶ I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
GOD HAS A PEOPLE DESCRIBED IN MANY WAYS HE HAS ONLY ONE NOT ENOUGH TO BE RELIGIOUS I CAN KNOW THAT I AM A PART OF THAT CHURCH