I like to talk with people, actually, I like it when people talk to me. The other day, while getting my haircut, I asked one of my “magic questions”. A magic question is when you ask a person an open ended question that acts as conversation starters.
This lady began talking about her church. She said that she had visited EVERY church in town, but always found herself back at the Baptist church. So, I asked her what it was about the Baptist church that “always brought her back”.
She paused, paused some more, and finally said, “You’re putting me on the spot.” I gently reminded her that she had brought it up and I was just curious. Noticing that she was uncomfortable I moved the conversation on to another aspect of church. This got me to thinking about my own choice for “church”.
Why did I choose the church of Christ?
Like this lovely lady, I too had visited numerous “churches” in my quest to learn about God. I had started a family and recognized that there was something missing. So I went looking. Actually, I already had been looking, even before I was married. I went to the Baptist, the Catholic, the Episcopal, the Methodist, the Universal Church of Christ and multiple other denominations over the course of my search.
In every single case, there was something that didn’t seem quite right. It was a logical feeling that I couldn’t quite place my finger on to know. So, we kept looking.
Would you like to study the Bible?
Then, my wife and I were asked if we would like to study the Bible by an older relative. This simple invitation clicked, no one previously had ever asked if we wanted to study the Bible. So we accepted. Do you know what? We studied the Bible and only the Bible. I asked questions, he answered with scripture. She asked questions, he answered with scripture.
More questions, more scriptures. Then came the question, which interestingly was asked for us by reading the scriptures. [Acts 2:37]
“What must we do to be saved?” [click here]
He answered with the scriptures. Multiple scriptures. He showed us the passages on belief. I asked about the sinners’ prayer. There wasn’t one. He said that he had looked and never found a prayer a non christian prayed and received salvation.
We studied the scriptures for several weeks previously, but on that night, the same hour of the night, my wife and I obeyed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. [Mr 1:1; Acts 16:33]
- We had been hearing the word of God. [Rom 10:17]
- We believed that Jesus was the Christ. [Acts 8:37]
- We confessed the same thing before men. [Mat 10:32]
- We repented of our sins. [Lu 13:3]
- We were baptized [by immersion] for the remission of our sins. [Acts 2:38; Gal 3:27]
- We committed to live a Godly life. [Mat 28:1-208; Acts 2:42]
Why did I choose the Church of Christ? It was the only one that used scripture, book, chapter and verse for everything that it teaches, everything it believes and everything it does.
Would you like to study the bible and have your questions answered with the Bible? [click here] and I would be happy to study with you.
Spencer – Borger, Tx 806/274-5021
Ask me how to make your calling and election sure. 2Pet 1:10