Finding The Pearl Of Great Price

Jesus said the kingdom is like a man who found a priceless pearl (Matthew 13:45–46). The kingdom is the church, so finding the right church is equivalent to finding great treasure—eternal treasure. You can identify it by the following traits:

THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH WAS BUILT BY CHRIST AND BELONGS TO HIM.

Jesus promised, “I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18). Christ is the foundation and chief cornerstone of the church (1 Corinthians 3:11Ephesians 2:19–22). The church carries His name (Romans 16:16).

THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH HAS A SPECIFIC PATTERN OF WORSHIP (JOHN 4:24).

They meet on the first day of the week (Sunday) (Acts 2:120:71 Corinthians 16:1–2Matthew 28:1Mark 16:1–2John 20:1–21926).

They partake of the Lord’s supper on the first day of the week (Acts 2:4220:71 Corinthians 11:23–25).

The New Testament church worships in prayer (Acts 2:42).

The New Testament church sings praises to God (Ephesians 5:19Colossians 3:16).

The New Testament church is edified by the preaching of God’s Word (Acts 20:72 Timothy 4:2–4).

The New Testament church makes a contribution on the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1–2).

THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH HAS A SPECIFIC ORGANIZATION.

Jesus Christ is the head (Ephesians 1:22–23Colossians 1:18).

Each congregation has its own elders who oversee the work (Acts 14:231 Peter 5:1–2Philippians 1:1). They are called bishops or overseers (Acts 20:1728Titus 1:57), and shepherds or pastors (Ephesians 4:111 Peter 5:1–4). The elders must meet specific qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1–7Titus 1:5–9).

Deacons are the servants of the church (Philippians 1:11 Timothy 3:8–13).

Evangelists, ministers of the Word, are preachers of the gospel (Acts 21:8Ephesians 4:112 Timothy 4:1–5).

—Author Unknown

 

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