Many Christians are continually asked by others about the
church of which we belong.
We might give them a name: “church of Christ” or
“Franklin Church of Christ”.
We might share personal convictions on what/why we do, or
do not do certain practices.
When pressed, however, some of us may not be able to answer
from the Scriptures fundamental truths about the Lord’s church.
This week we look at answering the question: How are people added
to the Lord’s church?
Jesus’ “Great Commission”
Matthew’s account. Matt. 28:16-20
Mark’s account. Mk. 16:14-20
Luke’s account. Lk. 24:36-49
Jesus “commissioned” His disciples … preach the
is exactly what the apostles taught as initially (Acts
2:37-41) and subsequently by His disciples. Acts
4:4, 8:4, 12, 35-39, 11:19-21
disciples preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and believers respond
accordingly, the Lord (Jesus) will add to His church those being
Today, many disciples fail to practice the commission.
Many have been taught, but they haven’t learned to spread the good
news. Cp. 2
Some teach everything but the pure and simple Gospel (example:
doctrines that many within the body of Christ disagree which was
not part of the “great commission”). Cp. Acts
It is no wonder the church is not growing in the U.S.
Population outpaces church, Bobby Ross Jr., The Christian Chronicle,
, February 2007.
The pure gospel is easy to teach (albeit many do not
respond because the world hates the truth).
The last thing disciples need to do is make it even more
teach exactly what Jesus told His disciples and He will add to the
church those being saved.
to God in the church by Christ Jesus
Church of Christ