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Take the The Personal Test – Answer the questions in RED at the end of each section.
Marks That Matter
Founder … Started by man or God?
ITS FOUNDER — CHRIST
DID JESUS CHRIST ESTABLISH YOUR CHURCH?
Below is a list of some prominent religious bodies:
|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
IS CHRIST OR MAN THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR CHURCH?
Beginning … When did it begin?
ITS ORIGIN — A.D. 33 IN JERUSALEM
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 of God,” I Cor. 1:2; Gal 1:13
“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:
Buried, Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12
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”
DOES YOUR CHURCH WORSHIP ONLY THESE ACTS?
Work … By what does it propagate?
ITS WORK — SAVING SOULS
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
Organization … How is it structured?
ITS ORGANIZATION — CONGREGATIONAL
Organically independent of every other local church
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 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
Toward heaven it worships, John 4:24; Acts 12:5
Message … What does it teach?
ITS MESSAGE — THE GOSPEL
Facts to believe:
Resurrection of Christ and its evidence, I Cor. 15:4-9 Commands to obey:
Be baptized, Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Peter 3:21 Promises to enjoy:
DOES YOUR CHURCH PREACH THE PURE GOSPEL?
Unity … Is it divided?
ITS UNITY — UNDENOMINATIONAL
The apostles present the plan of it, Eph. 4:4-6
ONE faith — unity in message, Gal. 1:6-12 ONE baptism — unity in practice
As regards subjects — believers, Acts 8:12
IS YOUR CHURCH A DENOMINATION? ITS UNIVERSALITY — ALL NATIONS
The commission of its heralds is world-wide, Matt. 28:18-20
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
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
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