- Part of God’s eternal plan (Eph. 3:1-12)
- To gather together into one body (Eph. 1:10)
- Subject to Christ in all respects (Eph. 1:22-23)
- All who are saved are within (Acts 2:47; Eph. 5:23, 26); there are no unsaved people in the Lord’s church.
- Pillar and Ground of truth (1 Tim. 3:15)
- Name? Church of the Lord (Acts 20:28), Church of God (1 Cor. 1:2), Churches of Christ (Rom. 16:16), Church of the First-born (Heb. 12:23) – Acts 4:12
- What is wrong (sinful) about another name? a) The Holy Spirit condemned division (1 Cor. 1:10), b) To wear the name of a man is to be carnal (fleshly, worldly) thinking (1 Cor. 3:3-4), c) Would it be wrong for a man’s wife to wear the name of another man, not her husband? d) The church is the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:23-27).
- How to be a member of it? a) One must believe the gospel after having been taught it (Romans 10:17; Acts 18:8), b) With that belief in place, one must repent (turn away from) sins (Acts 2:38; 17:30-31; Luke 13:3, 5), c) Confess (acknowledge) Jesus as Lord in life (Acts 8:37; Romans 10:9-10), d) Be baptized (immersed) into the Lord, by the authority of the Lord (Galatians 3:26-27; Romans 6:3-7) for (with a view to) the forgiveness of sins (Acts 22:16; 2:38).
The Highway Church of Christ is dedicated to the teaching of New Testament Christianity. What is New Testament Christianity? Is it not the case that all churches dedicate themselves to the same? It is not. Some churches do not even structure the church of which they are a member in accordance with the plan of God as revealed in the New Testament. Some churches do not even teach the pattern of salvation as revealed in the New Testament. Some churches do not worship in accordance with the doctrine of the New Testament. There is an old saying that has much merit even today: “Let us do Bible things in Bible ways.” Another one is this: “Let us speak where the Bible speaks and let us be silent where the Bible is silent. “New Testament Christianity” is not just something that the Highway Church of Christ does, but it is an evangelistic doctrine also. Not only do we want to do Bible things in Bible ways, but as New Testament Christians, we insist that it is the “doctrine of Christ,” and we encourage all to study the Scripture with us in that vein.
In the mail that came yesterday was a catalogue that promotes the selling of musical equipment and all things related, dedicated toward “worship sound.” On the inside cover is this remark with regard to their goal: “…saving you time and hassle by allowing you to keep your attention on your ministry rather than sifting through page after page of irrelevant products.”
Whatever is to be said about good intentions in the selling of products – and I am of the persuasion this applies here – whatever is to be said, I wonder if it ever enters into the mind of these product sellers that there seems to be something wrong with selling products in the worship of God? I suppose, if so, it is not lasting, because it continues on.
Perhaps I am mistaken, but I don’t recall anything along that line in the New Testament concerning things to make or purchase in the Christian’s worship of the Almighty. New Testament Christianity is such a great thing when one thinks about it.