IT IS THE SPIRITUAL FAMILY OF GOD
The New Testament church is not a building or man-made institution. “… I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). “Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God’ ” (John 3:5). “he has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of Sins” (Col. 1:13-14). “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple you are” (1 Cor. 3:16-17).
THE FOUNDATION IS JESUS CHRIST
“For on other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:11). It was purchased by the blood of the blood of Jesus. “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your sprirt, which are God’s” (1 cor. 6:20). “…the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).
THE LORD ADDS THE SAVED TO HIS CHURCH
Nowhere in the New Testament can you read of men joining a church. “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were assed to them” (Acts 2:41). “…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). “And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women” (Acts 5:14). Thus, it is impossible to become a Christian or be saved and stay out of the Lord’s church
THE LORD HAS BUT ONE CHURCH
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Nowhere in the New Testament can we read of any authorized church except the Lord’s
THE CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST
“And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which iss His body, the fullness of Him who fills all In all” (Eph. 1:22-23). “and He is the head of the body, the church,…” (Col. 1:18).