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Take the The Personal Test – Answer the questions in RED at the end of each section.

 Marks That Matter

1.      Founder

  1. Foundation
  1. Beginning
    1. Designation
    2. Membership
    3. Worship
    4. Work
    5. Doctrine
    6. Organization
    7. Government
    8. Message
    9. Unity
    10. Life
    11. Destiny

  Founder … Started by man or God?

 ITS FOUNDER — CHRIST

 He is purchaser, Acts 20:28 He is builder, Matt. 16:18 He is head, Eph. 5:23

He is lawgiver, Acts 2:36 He is savior, Eph. 5:23

 

DID JESUS CHRIST ESTABLISH YOUR CHURCH?

 Below is a list of some prominent religious bodies:

 

TIME PLACE FOUNDER CHURCH
606 A.D. Rome Boniface III Roman Catholic
1520 A.D. Germany Martin Luther Lutheran
1534 A.D. England Henry VIII Episcopalian
1536 A.D. Switzerland John Calvin Presbyterian
1550 A.D. England Robert Browne Congregational
1607 A.D. Holland John Smythe Baptist
1739 A.D. England John Wesley Methodist
1830 A.D. America Joseph Smith Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
1830 A.D. America William Miller Adventists
1866 A.D. America Mary Baker Eddy Christian Scientist
1872 A.D. America Charles T. Russell Jehovah’s Witnesses

Foundation … Upon what does it stand?

 ITS FOUNDATION — THE SON OF GOD

 “This rock — the Christ of God,” Matt. 16:18 The “laid foundation,” I. Cor. 3:11

The “tried” foundation, Isa. 28:16 The apostolic foundation, Eph. 2:20

 

IS CHRIST OR MAN THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR CHURCH?

 Beginning … When did it begin?

 ITS ORIGIN — A.D. 33 IN JERUSALEM

 After Hades tried but failed to hold its builder, Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:31 While apostles lived, Mark 9:1

When Holy Spirit and power came, Mark 9:1;Acts 1:8; 2:1-4

When the “word of the Lord” went “forth from Jerusalem.” Isa. 2:2, 3; Luke 24:49

 

Designation … What is it called?

 ITS DESIGNATIONS — BY APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY

 Christ called it:

“My church,” Matt. 16:18

“My kingdom,” Luke 22:30; John 3:5; Luke 22:16 Apostles called it:

“The church,” Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:22; 3:10;5:23-32 “The church of the Lord,” Acts 20:28

“The church of God,” I Cor. 1:2; Gal 1:13

“Churches of Christ” (Singular – “church of Christ”), Rom. 16:16 “The house of God,” I Tim. 3:15

“The household of God,” Eph. 2:19 “The household of faith,” Gal. 6:10 “The Kingdom of God,” Acts 28:23, 31

“The Kingdom of God’s dear Son,” Col. 1:13

“A Kingdom which cannot be shaken,” Heb. 12:28

 

IS YOUR CHURCH MENTIONED BY THE APOSTLES?

 Membership … Conditions of belonging?

 ITS MEMBERSHIP — PERSONS WHO:

 

Hear the word of the gospel, Rom. 10:17; Acts 18:8 Believe the gospel, Acts 18:8; I Cor. 1:2

Repent of their sins, Acts 2:38, 47 Confess the Christ, Acts 8:37; Rom. 10:10 Are baptized:

Buried, Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12

In water, Acts 8:36-39; 10:47, 48 To wash away sins, Acts 22:16 For remission of sins, Acts 2:38 To be saved, I Peter 3:21

Into Christ, Gal. 3:27

Into the one body, the church, I Cor. 12:13

 

Worship … What act occur??

 ITS WORSHIP — “IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH”

 Communion, I. Cor. 10:16; 11:20-30; Acts 20:7 Singing, Eph. 5:18, 19; Col. 3:16

Praying, Acts 2:42; I Thess. 5:17 Giving, I Cor. 16:1, 2; II Cor. 9:7 Teaching, Acts 2:42; I Tim. 3:15

 

DOES YOUR CHURCH WORSHIP ONLY THESE ACTS?

 Work … By what does it propagate?

 ITS WORK — SAVING SOULS

 Preaching the gospel, I. Thess. 1:8; II Cor. 11:8; Phil. 4:14-18 Providing for its poor, Acts 4:34, 35; 6:1-7; I Tim. 5:16 Edifying itself, Eph. 4:11-16

 

IS YOUR CHURCH WORKING THE WORKS OF GOD OR MEN?

 Doctrine … What does it believe?

 ITS DOCTRINE — THE NEW TESTAMENT

 Christ is the Lawgiver, Eph. 4:7-16; 5:24

The Holy Spirit is the Revealer, I Cor. 2:13; Eph. 3:1-6 The apostles’ teaching is its manual, Acts 2:42; Eph. 2:20

 

Organization … How is it structured?

ITS ORGANIZATION — CONGREGATIONAL

 

Organically independent of every other local church

Self-governing under Christ, the heavenly bishop, Acts 14:23; I Peter 5:4; 2:25; Phil. 1:1

With bishops (elders, pastors, presbyters) who feed, tend, oversee, and rule the flock among them, Acts 20:17, 28; I Peter 5:2-4; I Tim. 3:1-7; Heb. 13:17

With the evangelist (preacher) who appoints elders and sets in order those things that are wanting, Eph: 4:11, II Tim 4:5, Titus 1:5

With deacons to serve, I Tim. 3:8-13

With members who minister in word and deed, I Cor. 12:24-27

 

DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE ANY ORGANIZATION GREATER THAN A LOCALIZED ARRANGEMENT?

 Government … Who controls it?

 ITS GOVERNMENT — AN ABSOLUTE MONARCHY

 In heaven is its head, Eph. 1:19-21; 4:8-10

From heaven came its law, Eph. 1:22;4:11-16; Rom. 8:2 Under heaven it serves, Eph. 5:23, 24

Toward heaven it worships, John 4:24; Acts 12:5

 

Message … What does it teach?

 ITS MESSAGE — THE GOSPEL

 Facts to believe:

Death of Christ, I Cor. 15:1-3 Burial of Christ, I Cor. 15:4

Resurrection of Christ and its evidence, I Cor. 15:4-9 Commands to obey:

Believe in Christ, Mark 16:16; Acts 16:31 Repent of sins, Acts 17:31; 2:38

Be baptized, Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Peter 3:21 Promises to enjoy:

Remission of sins, Acts 2:38; 3:19 Communion of the Holy Spirit, II Cor. 13:14 Eternal life, Rev. 2:10; 22:14

 

DOES YOUR CHURCH PREACH THE PURE GOSPEL?

 Unity … Is it divided?

 ITS UNITY — UNDENOMINATIONAL

 The Savior prayed for it, John 17:20, 21 The apostles pled for it, I Cor. 1:10

The apostles present the plan of it, Eph. 4:4-6

ONE body — unity in organism (parts), Rom. 12:4, 5; I Cor. 12:12-27 ONE Spirit — unity in life, I Cor. 1:10; Gal. 5:22-24

ONE hope — unity in trust, I Thess. 4:13-18; I Peter 1:3, 4 ONE Lord — unity in authority, I Cor. 8:5, 6

ONE faith — unity in message, Gal. 1:6-12 ONE baptism — unity in practice

As regards subjects — believers, Acts 8:12

As regards action — a burial, Col. 2:12; Rom 6:4 As regards design — salvation, I Peter 3:21

ONE God — unity in worship, I Cor. 8:5, 6 The faithful perpetuate it, Eph. 4:1-3

 

IS YOUR CHURCH A DENOMINATION? ITS UNIVERSALITY — ALL NATIONS

The commission of its heralds is world-wide, Matt. 28:18-20

Its scope involves every race, color, and tongue, Mark 16:15, 16 Its invitation is to all, Rev. 22:17

Its duration is age lasting, I Cor. 15:23-26 Its fellowship is for the obedient, I John 1:7

Its benefits are eternal, II Peter 1:10, 11; Rev. 22:2

 

IS YOUR CHURCH UNIVERSAL IN TIME AND MEMBERSHIP?

Life … To what devoted?

 ITS LIFE — DEVOTION

 To the word of Christ

As the eternal word, Matt. 24:35; I Peter 1:25 As the inspired word, II Tim. 3:16; I Cor. 2:13 As the life giving word, Matt. 4:4

As the infallible word, Psalms 119:160 As the saving word, James 1:21

As the complete word, II Tim. 3:16, 17 As the sufficient word, II Tim. 3:16, 17

As the powerful word, Heb. 4:12; Rom. 1:16 As the comforting word, I Thess. 4:14-18

To the example of Christ, I Peter 2:21

Toward His family, Luke 2:51; John 19:26, 27

Toward His heavenly Father, John 5:30; 6:38; 8:29; Luke 22:42 Toward civil government, Matt. 22:15-22

Toward His enemies, Matt. 5:43-48; Luke 23:34 Toward lost men, Matt. 18:11; Luke 15 Toward the church itself, Eph. 5:25

 

IS YOUR CHURCH DEVOTED TO THE WORD AND EXAMPLE OF CHRIST?

 Destiny … Is it eternal?

 ITS DESTINY — HEAVEN

 By heaven’s wisdom it was purposed, Eph. 3:10, 11

By heaven’s love it was purchased, Eph. 5:25; Acts 20:28 By heaven’s grace it is kept, Rom. 5:2; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 4:16

For heaven’s glory it hopes, II Tim. 2:10; Heb. 2:10; I Peter 5:1, 10 To heaven it will go, I Peter 1:4; Col. 1:5

In heaven it will remain, I Thess. 4:17; I Cor. 15:24 In heaven it shall rest, Heb. 4:8-11

 

IS HEAVEN THE DESTINY OF YOUR CHURCH?

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