IS THE SAME CHURCH HERE TODAY? By Lyndal Lee Werner

You should know that the same church (as that in the New Testament, DR) can be found today. We have identically the same guidance they had in the first century, which will reproduce that church today (I Pet. 1:22-25; 2 Tim 3:16-17). It did not take its direction from the teachings of men. Also, that congregation contended for the one faith everywhere it went or was found (Jude 3; Eph 4:5). This does not mean it was a fighting group; but in this we mean it “stood up” and preached what it believed. This congregation was the Lord’s church because of its teaching, and its unity as found in the teachings of Christ (John 17:20-21; Eph 4:4-6). Following this teaching today produces a New Testament church, not a denomination, as it would if man’s teaching was followed (1 Cor. 1:10-13; Eph 4:1-6), because it is not a division of anything, as the word implies.

This congregation is faithful to Jesus Christ in all his teachings, instructions and ways (Luke 6:46; Rev. 2:10; Mark 8:38). It is made up of individuals who believe in following in the footsteps of Christ every day of their lives (1 Pet 2:21). They are a people who believe in wearing only the name of Christ; that is they are only called “Christian” (Rom. 16:16; Acts 11:26; 1 Pet 4:16).

Yes that church is still here. The New Testament will give you the pattern by which this church can be found.

Midtown church of Christ (www.midtowncoc.org/)

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