There is a church in your community

Bill Robinson

Apr 3, 2020

…that is comprised of individuals striving to be like the church we read about in the New Testament. They do not use denominational names or titles to identify or describe themselves. They seek to follow only Christ, according to the teaching of the New Testament, who is the Savior of the body. For the New Testament teaches that He alone is the head of the church, which spiritually speaking, is His body. Thus, those who follow him are members (Ephesians 5:25-27; 1:22-23). The members who make up this church have been added to Christ and are only called Christians because they are His disciples (Acts to 11:24-26).

…seeking to imitate the church in the New Testament, as her members endeavor to remain “faithful to the Lord with a steadfast purpose” because they are recipients of the grace of God (Acts 11:23). As recipients of the grace of God, they believed and turned to the Lord, just like those in the early church to whom Peter said “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) One has not truly believed and turned to the Lord, in order to be added to the Lord, until one has received the forgiveness for their sins (been saved). Peter declared that is why we are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, namely, to receive the forgiveness of sins.

 …“devoted to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” just like the church we read about in the New Testament (Acts 2:42). In this, they are distinct among all religions for the do not have an earthly headquarters, or a creed, or use denominational names. For no denominations existed in the First Century and the church in the First Century followed only the Lord’s plan revealed though the inspired apostles and prophets in the First Century (Ephesians 3:1-5) This gospel message is found only in the Scriptures, which were once and for all delivered to the saints for all times. In other words, there is no further revelation from God for man than what we read in the Scriptures. That is why the apostle Peter could confidently write, because it was divine power that “has granted to us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3).

…that exults in God’s power, plan, and purpose regarding salvation! For “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) In Acts 22:16, Ananias commanded the penitent Saul of Tarsus, “Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His name.” What is he telling him to do but to plead with the ONE and ONLY, through whom forgiveness is possible, by being baptized for the forgiveness of those sins!

…made up of such individuals who received the word and were baptized to be added to the Lord. That is, they were saved and as such, they made up the church we read about in the New Testament (Acts 2:41, 47). Thus, they are neither Methodists, nor Baptists, nor Presbyterians, nor any other denominational name. They are simply described as the church of (belonging to) Christ at Perry Hill Road striving in preaching and practice to be like the church we read about in the New Testament. Nothing more, nothing less, for nothing else matters when it comes to being identified uniquely with Christ than “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)

Wouldn’t you like to be a member of the family of God that identifies solely and uniquely with His Son based on the Scripture we can read in the New Testament? Paul tells us the reason we can identify as the children of God is because (for) as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:26-27). Christ has only ONE body of saved people and it is comprised of all those in a saved relationship to Him, having been uniquely identified with Him through baptism for the forgiveness of their sins (Romans 6:3-4).