The church of Christ that meets at 2025 FM 1092 in Missouri City, TX is dedicated to being just Christians who follow what God teaches through his inspired word which alone is sufficient to guide us in all matters of faith. We are an undenominational group of followers who believe the five steps to becoming a Christian are hearing (Luke 11:28), believing (Mark 16:16), repenting (Acts 2:38), confessing (Matthew 10:32) and being baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
We are dedicated to spreading the gospel through local and worldwide evangelistic efforts. We strive to worship our Lord in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
Jesus, the Son of God
The One we know as Jesus has always existed. In the beginning, He was God, and He was with God (John 1:1). He, along with the Father, created all things (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16). He is deity, and therefore has an eternal, unchangeable nature, without beginning and without end (John 8:58, Hebrews 13:8).
But this Eternal One voluntarily left the glories of heaven behind and came to earth to live and die as a human being, in a mission designed to provide redemption for fallen sinners. According to promise, He was miraculously conceived and was born of a virgin, without a human father (Luke 1:26-35).
Throughout His lifetime, He performed the role of a servant, being obedient to God the Father in all things, even to the point of suffering and dying a cruel death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8). The purpose of His death was to provide a perfect sacrifice, the perfect and innocent Son of God dying in the place of condemned sinners, so that we could be forgiven and restored to fellowship with God (Romans 5:6-8, I Peter 2:24).
But Jesus did not remain in the tomb. As promised, on the third day He was raised from the dead, appeared to His disciples, then ascended back to heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God (Matt. 28:5-6, Acts 2:24-36).
The Bible, God’s Word
The Bible claims to be God’s revelation of His will to mankind and the divinely inspired record of God’s activities among men as He worked to bring about His plan of redemption. The human authors of the Bible did not write their own opinions and conclusions on matters of religion, rather, “men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:21).
The apostle Paul wrote concerning the gospel he preached, that “I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:12). He later explained that his teaching was “not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit” (I Corinthians 2:13). Because of this, Paul insisted that his writings had divine authority: “the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment” (I Cor. 14:37).
Taken as a whole, the Scriptures are authoritative and complete. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Therefore, when we speak or act in religious matters, our words and actions must be authorized by God’s holy word. We cannot direct our own steps (Jeremiah 10:23); we must be guided by the Lord.
The Conditions of Pardon
While on earth during His earthly ministry, Jesus showed both His deity and His willingness to forgive sins, by freely forgiving those who showed evidence of their faith and repentance (Mark 2:1-11, Luke 7:36-50). When Jesus died and His new covenant went into effect (Hebrews 9:15-17), faith and repentance continued as conditions of pardon, but the evidence required became more specific.
When Jesus commissioned His apostles to take His message to the world, He clearly specified what the conditions of pardon would be under His new covenant – faith in Him, repentance, and baptism in His name (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:46-47).
When the apostle Peter preached the first gospel sermon by the authority of the Lord’s commission cited above, he first laid out the claims of Jesus and the evidence that supports those claims, so that the people might believe (Acts 2:22-36). Many who were convinced of the truth, and pierced to the heart by knowledge of their guilt, asked what they must do (Acts 2:37). Peter’s response was in keeping with the Lord’s words, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). Since we cannot know a person’s heart unless he reveals it, confession of one’s faith is also required (Rom. 10:9-10).
Fellowship With God
Those who by faith have been baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:26-27) are now reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:17-19) and have the blessing of fellowship with God as they walk in the light (I John 1:3-7). To “walk in the light” is to allow the light of truth to guide us so that our manner of life is according to God’s revealed will. To “walk in the darkness” is to allow our lives to be directed by the wisdom of this world and our own lusts and ignorance. There is no doubt about what God expects of us, if we wish to be in His fellowship (see Ephesians 4:17-5:17). If we claim to have fellowship with God while walking in the darkness, we are only deceiving ourselves (I John 1:6).
However, those who are walking in the light are not sinless (I John 1:8). They make a sincere effort to follow the teaching and example of Jesus in all things but are going through a process of growth, during which perfection is not achieved (Philippians 3:12). Even the strongest Christians will occasionally stumble into sins of weakness. It is encouraging to know that when that happens, forgiveness is still available to those who confess their sins to God (I John 1:9). But forgiveness is not available to those who continue in sin without repentance (Hebrews 10:26-27).
The Lord’s Church
The church Jesus promised to build (Matthew 16:18) consists of the total number of people who have met the conditions of pardon (see pg. 3), and have thus been saved by Christ. There were 3,000 such people who were baptized on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41), and Acts 2:47 records that “the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” The Lord adds all that are saved to Christ’s church.
The church in this sense (we sometimes refer to it as the “church universal”) is not an organization that people can “join.” It is a spiritual relationship, consisting of all who have been called into fellowship with Christ (I Corinthians 1:9). The “call” comes through the gospel (2 Thessalonians 2:14). Anytime someone hears the gospel and responds with faith and obedience (as the 3,000 did at Pentecost), the Lord adds that one to the church universal. This is the church Christ built (Matthew 16:18). He is the head of His church, which is also described as His body, saved individuals being likened to members (Colossians 1:18, Romans 12:4-5). By the nature of the case, there could be only one such church, and the Bible only speaks of one (Eph. 1:22-23, 4:4).
The only functional organization of the church universal authorized by God’s word is the local church. The church universal is simply a spiritual relationship.
The Local Congregation
The pattern of church organization set forth in the New Testament is very simple, and radically different than many of the arrangements seen in various churches today. Local churches were formed in various towns where Christians lived, such as Antioch, Corinth, and Thessalonica (see Acts 13:1, I Corinthians 1:2, and I Thessalonians 1:1).
In each local church, elders were chosen (Acts 14:23). Men had to meet certain qualifications before being selected to serve as elders (I Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9), so in a young church, or a small church, a period might pass before elders could be appointed. In such cases, the appointment of elders would be a goal to work towards. As this brochure is being written, that is the case with this local church, but we are hopeful that elders will be appointed soon.
The authority of elders extended no farther than the local church of which they were members (Acts 20:28, I Peter 5:2). Elders therefore have no authority to oversee projects that involve the collective actions and resources of more than one congregation. No authority is provided in the New Testament for organizational structures that unite local churches into groups, or that enable many churches to combine their resources under the oversight of one eldership. This fact results in the autonomy of each local church, under the head-ship of Christ Himself.
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