HAVE YOU EVER HEARD
OF
THE CHURCH OF CHRIST??

        In talking to various persons in India about the church of Christ, many seemed to have never heard about it. What about you? Perhaps you have. Let me ask you, "Have you heard of the church of Christ?" If not, then I am asking you as I have asked others: "Why not?" Do you not have a Bible? What church do you read about in its pages? If you will read again, you will discover that just one church is mentioned and that is the church of Christ. Why, then, have you not heard of this church? Why have not all the others? You have had the Bible throughout the years. Quite a number of people in this area are members of some church. But what about the Lord's church?

        The church of Christ exists around the world. It may not exist everywhere, but it can be found where there are people who will follow the Bible and the Bible only. The church is not denominational, sectarian, or man-made. It is neither Catholic, Protestant, nor Jewish. Then, what is it? It is simply the church that you read about in the Bible, being made up of those who obey the Lord and are faithful to Him.

        Christ is the founder of this church. Read and see for yourself. In Matthew 16:18, Christ said, "And upon this rock I will build my church."

        It had its beginning in the city of Jerusalem. Read Luke 24 and Acts 2 and you will see that this is true. It did not have its beginning in London, in Germany, in the U.S.A., but in Jerusalem.

        The church was established in about A.D. 33. This means it is almost 2,000 years old. Read again in Acts 2 of how the church had its beginning and thus the date is determined on this basis.

        With Christ as its builder, the church took the name of Christ. This was true as a church. "The churches of Christ salute you." (Romans 16:16.) This was also true of its members. "And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." (Acts 11:26.) The Bible only will make Christians only. Remember that.

        Christ established but one church. In Ephesians 4:4 it is called the one body. In Colossians 1:18 the writer says that the body is the church; therefore one church.

        Christ is the head of the church. "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the saviour of the body." (Ephesians 5:23.) The Lord's church does not have an earthly head or earthly headquarters. Christ is the head, and He dwells in heaven at the right hand of God.

        Christ is the Saviour of the church. This is also pointed out in Ephesians 5:23. This means that if one is to be saved, then he must be a member of the church.

        Christ died for the church. (Ephesians 5:25, Acts 20:28.) This is how much it meant to him. What does it mean to you?

        The saved are added to the church. (Acts 2:47.) And Christ adds the saved to the right church, His church.

        He will come back for His church. (Ephesians 5:27.) What if you are not a member of it when He comes back? Think about that.

        You can be a member when you love the Lord enough to read and study His word and do what it teaches. In so doing you will come to believe the Word of God, its author, and Jesus Christ, His Son (Hebrews 11:6, John 14:1-3, Romans 10:17), and then you will repent of all of your sins, or turn from them (Luke 13:3, Acts 17:30, Acts 2:38), confess Christ as the Son of God (Romans 10:10; Matthew 10:32), and then be baptized (buried in water) for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:26-27, 1 Peter 3:21.)

        As a result, the Lord will add you to His church (Acts 2:47), and you will be a Christian only. (I Peter 4:16.) This will make you a member of the church of Christ worldwide and in your area, and it will remain as long as there are people who love the Lord, will obey Him, and be faithful to Him. This does not mean, however, that you will be a part of just another church. Neither will you belong to a denomination, for the Lord's church is not a denomination.

        For the time being, if you would like to know more about this church, read your Bible. You are also invited to contact any Church of Christ for further information. Most will have free home Bible correspondence courses available.

"Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." (Ephesians 3:21.)