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God's plan for becoming a Christian:
1. HEAR the gospel of Christ
(Romans 10:13-17)
2. BELIEVE in Christ
(Mark 16:15-16)
3. REPENT of past sins(ACTS 2:36-47)
4. CONFESS faith in Christ
(Romans 10:9-10)
5. BE BAPTIZED into Christ (Acts 22:16; I Peter 3:21)
6. Live FAITHFULLY (Romans 12:1-2)
The church of Christ:
1. The Bible is its only guide(Romans 1:16;
I Thess. 2:13)
2. Wears a Biblical Name (Romans 16:16)
3. Established at the right place
(Isaiah 2:2, 3;Acts 2)
4. Established at the right time
(Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2)
5. Established on the right person(Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:36)
6. Saved are in it (Ephesians 5:23;
Acts 2:47)
7. Its members are enrolled in heaven(Hebrews 12:23)
8. Membership in it is obtained by obedience to God's commands including baptism(Acts 2:41-47; I Cor. 12:13)
"..and upon this rock I will build my church" (MT. 16:18)
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church of Christ
702 5th Avenue South
Virginia MN 55792

(218) 741-5831
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We may not have an immediate answer for every question, but we will respond with an answer or a link to a relevant article on another church of Christ web site as soon as possible.

The following articles may answer some of your questions, click on the title to view the article:

What must I do to be saved? Where do I go when I die?
Who is Jesus? Who is God?
What are angels? Standard of authority
Who is Satan? Heaven and the Bible
Are all churches named "church of Christ" the church which we can read of in the bible?

ANSWER: No! Although the name of the church is important because it is given to us in the scriptures (Rom. 16:16), it is certainly not the only attribute one should look for when searching for the Lord's church.

There exists today, many churches wearing the scriptural name "church of Christ". If you look in the phone book here in Virginia, Duluth (or elsewhere) you may see more than one listing. However, some are unscriptural on one or more points. James, in his epistle to Jewish believers, wrote with divine inspiration: "for whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:13). The apostle Paul wrote a similar message, stating "Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?" (I Cor. 5:6). Therefore, a congregation must be compared to the examples and commandments found in the Bible.

There are several congregations, named church of Christ,  that fall short of the glory of God. Falling pray to the false teachings or traditions of men (Matt. 7:15; Col. 2:1). Some may use mechanical instruments during worship service while others may not observe the Lord's supper every first day of the week as commanded of Christians. The churches of Christ do not have a creed book but that does not mean we are free to interpret the scriptures differently (I Cor. 1:10). Therefore, each of us must study the scriptures to be sure we are doing what is right, for "God is not the author of confusion" (I Cor. 14:33).

Considering the Bible as a whole, we can see the divine inspiration when thinking about the actions of a congregation compared to the prescribed church hierarchy. The only individual that has authority over every congregation is Jesus Christ (Ephes. 4:4). After that, each congregation is autonomous, one from another.  Elders (also referred to as Bishops and Pastors in the New Testament) are the overseers of a particular congregation. If a congregation, it's elders and members, deviate from the truth, only that congregation will die spiritually. The body of Christ will still be safe. Compare this scriptural example of authority to that employed by the various denominations in the world today; When the Pope decided that the members of the catholic church could not partake of the fruit of the vine for fear they would spill some, for example, he commanded they disobey the law of God. Thus bringing the entire house of cards down. The Lord's church, on the other hand, is built on a solid foundation (I Cor. 3:10, 11), a foundation you can trust!

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