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The Church Jesus Built

The Church Jesus Built

In these pages we examine the fruits Jesus and His apostles said would identify His Church. We look at the contrasting fruits that identify those who are influenced by a different spirit and preach a different gospel. We will learn, not from human tradition or opinion but directly from God's Word, how we can distinguish "the church of the living God" (1 Timothy 3:15 ) from those who follow "false prophets" in sheep's clothing.

Contents:

Introduction: The Church Jesus Built

Jesus Christ said that He would build His Church and that it would never die out. Is today's Christianity, with its hundreds of denominations with widely differing beliefs and practices, the Church Jesus promised that He would build?

A People Special to God

To most people, a church is a building where people meet. But in Scripture, the word refers to a group of people—those called to follow Jesus Christ. It's important that we understand the spiritual heritage of these people special to God.

The Historical Background of the Term Church

What does the scriptures say about the term church?

How the Word Church is Used in Scripture and Common Speech

How is the word church used in scripture and common speech?

"Church" and "Congregation" in the Scriptures

What does God's Word say about the relationship of the New Testament Church to the congregation of Israel in the Old Testament?

Biblical Phrases and Terms for God's Special People

The Church is a group of believers invited to come out of the world for God's special purpose.

A Spiritually Transformed People

Few realize that God's Word reveals that Satan the devil has deceived and blinded most of the world. Only through God's calling can that blindness be healed. How does that help us understand who is truly part of the Church?

The Responsibility and Mission of the Church

Jesus Christ gave His Church a specific responsibility and mission to fulfill in His plan. What does that entail?

What is the True Gospel?

Jesus Christ preached the message of the gospel of the kingdom of God. What is that message about, and why is it such good news?

Is Today the Only Day of Salvation?

Is our present age the only time during which people can repent and be saved?

The Rise of a Counterfeit Christianity

Christ gave an ominous warning—that many would come in His name, teaching a different message that would deceive many. They would create a counterfeit of true Christianity, starting a religion that would largely supplant the true Church.

Changes in Christian Scholars' Perspective on God's Law

Regard for God's law in mainstream Christianity has been remarkably inconsistent since the Protestant Reformation.

Early Trends That Affected the Future of the Church

In Revelation 2 and 3 Jesus Christ sends a different message to each of seven churches in the Roman province of Asia, part of modern Turkey.

The Church of God Today

With so many churches teaching so many different things, how can one identify those who remain faithful to Christ's original teachings? With the world so heavily influenced by Satan and a counterfeit Christianity, how can one find the truth?

What Did the Early Church Believe and Practice?

Shouldn't you look into your Bible to see if your beliefs and practices square with what Jesus Christ and the apostles practiced and taught?

The Church as the Bride of Christ

The Father desires that all people ultimately become His children, and parent-child and sibling relationships on the human level were intended to portray this greater spiritual reality. But there is another family relationship that also pictures a greater spiritual reality—that of marriage.

The Apostles: A Case Study in Conversion

A closer look at the transformation of the apostles of Jesus Christ.

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