MOORE — Welcome, Moore American readers. You are invited to the spring gospel meeting at East Ridge church of Christ, 728 S.E. 12th St. in Moore, with Jerry Roberts of Texas. The meeting will be April 2 - 6. Meeting times will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; 6 p.m. Saturday; and Sunday 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
We are happy to continue on the subjects of “What is a denomination? Do I belong to one?”
The use of a governing body, administration or headquarters for the Lord’s church is definitely unsubstantiated in the written Word of God. These practices have come about by man being unwilling to accept God’s plan of authority.
When the only the written Word of God is proclaimed, the seed of the kingdom is sown (Matthew 13:19; Luke 8:11). The gospel is God’s power to save souls from sin (Romans 1:16). No one has been saved by the wisdom of man (compare with 1 Corinthians 1:20-25). A true follower of Christ who is bearing fruit for the Lord will preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:1-5) and be content to let God give the increase (1 Corinthians 3:7).
The Word of God has the ability to clean and make pure (Proverbs 30:5-6; Psalms 19:8; John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26). The apostle Peter says to brethren, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:22-23).
It has already been noted that a person puts on Christ at the point of immersion into Christ (Galatians 3:27). One who is in Christ must choose to continue to abide in Christ (John 15:4). If one fails to “walk in the light as he is in the light” (1 John 1:7) or “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ” (2 John 9), he does not “abide in the vine” (John 15:4) and cannot bear fruit.