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Title: Secular View of the Church

Secular View of the Church
  • Do some Good, But Not Essential
  • Join One That Fits Your Lifestyle
  • Day Care, Secular School, Recreation
  • Hospitals, Homes for Aged Unwed Mothers
  • Xmas Easter Programs, Youth Activities
  • Marriage Counseling, Divorce Recovery
  • Feed the Homeless, Hurricane Relief

Relationship BetweenChrist and the Church
  • Builder
  • And I say unto you that you are Peter, and on
    this rock I will build My church, and the gates
    of Hades shall not prevail against it. (Matthew

Christ and the Church
  • Owner
  • Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the
    flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you
    overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He
    purchased with His own blood. (Acts 2028).

Christ and the Church
  • Head and Savior
  • For the husband is the head of the wife, as also
    Christ is head of the church and He is the
    Savior of the body. (Ephesians 523).

Denominational Catholic Viewof Christ as Head
Many Bodies One Head
One Body Two Heads
Christ and the Church
  • Loved Sacrificed for the Church
  • Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also
    loved the church and gave Himself for her.
    (Ephesians 525).

Is the Church Important to God?
  • Planned and built the church!
  • Bought it with His own blood!
  • Head of the church, His body!
  • Savior of the church!
  • Loves the church!
  • Sacrificed Himself for the church!

Could We Call the Church Nice, But Not Essential?
The Church
  • Began in the 1st Century Acts 247 81
  • Only One in the 1st Century Eph. 44
  • Existed Ever Since 1st Century Dan. 244
  • Baptized Into Only 1 Body 1 Cor. 1213
  • Translated Into Only 1 Body Col. 113
  • All Christians in 1st Century were taught the
    same doctrine 1 Cor. 417 161

Apostasy Foretold
  • 2 Thess. 23-4 Acts 2029-31

Catholic Church
Denom. Churches
The Church
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter
times some will depart from the faith, giving
heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of
demons. (1 Tim. 41).
Time Place Founder Church
Pentecost Jerusalem Christ Church of Christ
606 A.D. Rome, Italy Boniface III Roman Catholic
1520 Germany Martin Luther Lutheran
1534 England King Henry VIII Church of England
1536 Switzerland John Calvin Presbyterian
1607 Holland John Smythe Baptist
1739 England John Wesley Methodist
1830 United States Joseph Smith Latter Day Saints
1830 United States William Miller 7th Day Adventists
1866 United States Mary Baker Eddy Christian Scientist
1872 United States Charles Russell Jehovah Witnesses
Thousands Saved Before Denominations Ever Existed
  • 3,000 on Pentecost Acts 241
  • 5,000 Acts 44
  • Multiplying Acts 61
  • Multitudes in Samaria Acts 86
  • Ethiopian Acts 826-39
  • Cornelius Family Acts 10
  • Christians in Antioch Acts 1126
  • Philippians Acts 16
  • Corinthians Acts 188
  • Ephesians Acts 19

Were these people saved? Were these people
Christians? What church were they members
of? Were these people unchurched?
And the Lord added to the church daily those who
were being saved (Acts 247).
What Did These People Do?
Can We Do This Today?
  • Assembled together in local churches referred to
    as churches of Christ (Rom. 1616).
  • Assembled to edify one another worship God
    (Heb. 1023-25).
  • Partook of Lords Supper on 1st Day of Week (Acts
  • Sang Prayed (1 Cor. 1415).
  • Gave on 1st Day of Week (1 Cor. 161-2).
  • Continued in Apostles Doctrine (Acts 242).

Why Belong To A Denomination?
  • People Saved Worshipped Before Any Denomination
    Ever Existed!
  • Contrary to the Will of Christ Jn. 1720-23!
  • Contrary to the Command of Christ through His
    Apostles 1 Cor. 110!
  • A Work of the Flesh Gal. 520-21!
  • No Saved Person Was Ever Added To A Denomination
    Acts 247!

Did God Plant Denominational Churches?
  • Every plant which my heavenly Father has not
    planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They
    are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind
    leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.
    (Matt. 1513-14).

Be Saved Tonight!
  • Therefore let all the house of Israel know
    assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you
    crucified, both Lord and Christ. 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? Then Peter said to
    them, Repent, and let every one of you be
    baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the
    remission of sinsThen those who gladly received
    his word were baptized and that day about 3,000
    souls were added to them. (Acts 236-41).