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by Dalton Key
for the week of August 13, 2017


The promise of Jesus to build His church (Matthew 16:18) was kept, as recorded by the inspired Luke in Acts’ second chapter.  On Pentecost Day the gospel was preached in its fullness for the first time, hearts were pricked by the message, souls were obedient to it, and the church was established.  At the close of Acts, chapter two, we read of the Lord adding to “them” (ASV) or to “the church” (KJV) those who were being saved.
Several years later, Paul wrote to his young “son in the faith,” Timothy, “ . . . that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”  (I Timothy 3:14,15.)  And again, Paul wrote the brethren in Ephesus, reminding them that the church is Christ’s body, that Christ is the body’s head, and the body is thus subject to Christ.  (Ephesians 5:22,23.)
From these few passages alone, it may be clearly seen (1) that the church was to be, and in fact was, built by Christ, (2) that it was established on Pentecost Day, as recorded in Acts’ second chapter, (3) that those obedient to the gospel message were added, by the Lord, to it, (4) that the church is God’s house, and as such supports truth, and (5) that Christ is head over the church, His body.
Observe:  Christ promised to build His church, not churches.  He promised to build the church, not a denomination.  His church was established on or about A.D. 33, as recorded by inspiration in Acts, chapter two, and not at some later date.  His church was comprised, and is still comprised, of those added to it by the Lord, and not of those who decide to join and then receive a favorable number of votes from the membership.  This church is to be active in the business of upholding truth, and not the doctrines, judgments or opinions of men.  And the church of Christ looks to Christ, its one and only head, for authority in all matters of faith and practice, and not to anyone else.
Does this describe the church of which you are a member?