THE GREATEST CONFUSION in Christendom is the question, “What saves us?” Though we differ in other areas, knowing this one point is of utmost importance. If we get this one wrong, all the rest is just pointless.
To answer this question, an appeal to Scripture should be made. Since it is the word that shall judge us, let us search the scriptures to learn what is so. [Acts 17:11]
“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” [Joh 12:48]
The groups in Borger Texas, that teach a salvation by faith alone are: First Baptist church, Grace Fellowship, Faith covenant, First united Methodist, Keeler Baptist, Calvary Baptist, Gateway Baptist, Southside Baptist, Cornerstone church, Wesley United Methodist, Fairlanes Baptist, First Presbyterian, Fellowship Baptist, St. Andrews united Methodist, Borger Word of Life, Good Shepherd Lutheran, perhaps others.
A Side by side comparison Of Salvation by faith Alone & Water Baptism
|Scripture||Faith Only crowd||Franklin St. church of Christ|
|Holy Spirit||Titus 3:5||Y||Y|
|Blood of Christ||Romans 5:9||Y||Y|
|Baptism||Mt 28:19; Mrk 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16||N||Y|
|Continuing Faith||2Timothy 3:14-17||N||Y|
Here is the question that must be answered by those professing a salvation by faith only…
“Why are you ignoring the rest of the scriptures?”
Can you find your church in the Bible?
Since we’ve listed most of the churches in Borger, let’s take a moment and learn what Jesus named His church. He said, “I will build MY church.” (emphasis mine) [Matthew 16:18]. In architecture, the builder gets to do the naming.
|FOUNDATION||1 Corinthians 3:10b-11|
|CORNERSTONE||Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11; Ephesians 2:20|
Since Jesus is the BUILDER, FOUNDATION, CORNERSTONE, & PURCHASER, which of the below names harmonizes all of these scriptures?
Names of the church in the New Testament Churches by name in the Scriptures:
|My (Jesus) church||Matthew 16:18|
|Church of the Lord, church of God||Acts 20:28; 1Corinthians 1:2|
|The body, The church||Colossians 1:18; Eph 1:22-23; 5:23; 1Thess 1:1|
|Household of God, church of the living God||Ephesians 2:19; 1Timothy 3:15|
|Church of the Firstborn||Hebrews 12:23|
|God’s field, God’s building||1Corinthians 3:9|
|The Flock||1Peter 5:3; Acts 20:28|
|Church of Christ||Romans 16:16|
It seems to me that the most harmonious name of the organization that Jesus purchased, built and DIED FOR is the church of Christ.
We are living stones: The Bible goes on to teach that Christians are the living stones of the church. [1Co 3:9-11; 1Peter 2:5; Colossians 2:7; Eph 2:20-22; 1Cor 6:19]
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