Churches, churches, everywhere. An infinite variety clamour for one's attention. Names, doctrines, worship and practices present a chaotic scene of confusion.
Multitudes of honest souls realise their need for God. They long for a closer walk with Him. For years they have sincerely sought for the right way to serve the Lord they love. Tragically, many have become so discouraged they have given up in disgust, lost in the maze.
Is it not possible to be a Christian without joining any denomination? Need we tolerate all the accumulated trappings of traditions that are fixed like barnacles to the various religious bodies? Oh, if one could just sip the pure, fresh waters of original, unadulterated Christianity as it came from Jesus and his holy apostles! Is there not anywhere someone content to be simply a Christian; to worship as did that first congregation in Jerusalem; to believe the simple gospel announced by the apostles?
Take courage my friend, there is in your community a body of people who are committed to just what we have described; i.e., the restoration of the original Christianity of the New Testament. They use the name "church of Christ" as the apostle Paul did (Romans 16:16). Their creed and doctrine is Jesus and the New Testament, nothing else. Could there be a better one? Their worship is simple and unadorned like that we read of in the book of Acts of the Apostles and the New Testament epistles. Nothing of human origin-is accepted. Their congregations are structured and organised like those churches planted by the apostles (Philippians 1:1). Each is independent and self-governing under Christ (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-3).
As a skilled workman can restore a valuable work of art to its original beauty, so a faithful band of God-fearing, Bible-believing, Christ-following disciples can restore that original church of Christ established in Jerusalem on the fiftieth day following our Lord's death (Acts 2:1-47).
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