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Some Things You Should Know

You should know that in Bible times, the church is called: 

The temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16) 

The bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:22-32) 

The body of Christ (Colossians 1:18,24; Ephesians 1:22-23) 

The kingdom of God's son (Colossians 1:13) 

The house of God (1 Timothy 3:15) 

The church of God (1 Corinthians 1:2) 

The church of the first‐born (Hebrews 12:23) 

The church of the Lord (Acts 20:28) 

The churches of Christ (Romans 16:16) 


You should know that the church is: 

Built by Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:13-18) 

Purchased by the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28) 

Built on Jesus Christ as the only foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11) 

Not built on Peter, Paul, or any other man (1 Corinthians 1:12-13) 

Composed of the saved, who are added to it by the Lord who saves them (Acts 2:47


You should know that members of the church are called: 

Members of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:15; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Romans 12:4-5) 

Disciples of Christ (Acts 6:1,7; Acts 11:26) 

Believers (Acts 5:14; 2 Corinthians 6:15) 

Saints (Acts 9:13; Romans 1:7; Philippians 1:1) 

Priests (1 Peter 2:5,9; Revelation 1:6) 

Children of God (Galatians 3:26-26; 1 John 3:1-2) 

Christians (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16) 


You should know that the local church must be working toward or have: 

Elders (also called bishops and pastors) who oversee and tend the flock (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4

Deacons, who serve the church (1 Timothy 3:8-13; Philippians 1:1) 

Evangelists (preachers, ministers) who teach and proclaim the word of God (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 4:13-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5) 

Members, who love the Lord and each other (Philippians 2:1-5) 

Autonomy, and is bound to other local churches only by the common faith shared (Jude 3; Galatians 5:1) 


You should know that the Lord Jesus Christ: 

Loved the church (Ephesians 5:25) 

Shed his blood for the church (Acts 20:28) 

Established the church (Matthew 16:18) 

Added saved people to the church (Acts 2:47) 

Is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:23) 

Will save the church (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23) 


You should know that man did not: 

Purpose the church (Ephesians 3:10-11) 

Purchase the church (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25) 

Name its members (Isaiah 56:5; Isaiah 62:2; Acts 11:26; 1 Peter 4:16) 

Add people to the church (Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 12:18) 

Give the church its doctrine (Galatians 1:8-11; 2 John 1:9-11) 


You should know, to enter the church, you must: 

Believe in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 11:6; John 8:24; Acts 16:31) 

Repent of your sins (Turn away from your sins) (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Acts 17:30) 

Confess faith in Jesus (Matthew 10:32; Acts 8:37; Romans 10:9-10) 

Be baptized into the saving blood of Jesus Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:48; Acts 22:16) 


You should know that baptism requires: 

Much water (John 3:23; Acts 10:47) 

Going down into the water (Acts 8:36-38) 

A burial in water (Romans 6:3‐4; Colossians 2:12) 

A resurrection (Acts 8:39; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12) 

A birth (John 3:3-5; Romans 6:3-6) 

A washing (Acts 22:16; Hebrews 10:22) 


You should know that by baptism: 

You are saved from sins (Mark 16:16 1 Peter 3:21) 

You have remission of sins (Acts 2:38) 

Sins are washed away by the blood of Christ (Acts 22:16; Hebrews 9:22; Hebrews 10:22; 1 Peter 3:21) 

You enter into the church (1 Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:41,47) 

You enter into Christ (Galatians 3:26-27; Romans 6:3-4) 

You put on Christ and become a child of God (Galatians 3:26-27) 

You are born again, a new creature (Romans 6:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17) 

You walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-6) 

You obey Christ (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 10:48; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) 


You should know that the faithful church will: 

Worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24) 

Meet on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:25) 

Pray (James 5:16; Acts 2:42; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17) 

Sing, making melody with the heart (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16) 

Eat the Lord's supper on the first day of the week (Acts 2:42, 20:7; Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:20-32) 

Give, liberally and cheerfully (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8


You should know, that in New Testament times there was: 

One family of God (Ephesians 3:15; 1 Timothy 3:15) 

One kingdom of Christ (Matthew 16:18-19; Colossians 1:13-14) 

One body of Christ (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:4) 

One bride of Christ (Romans 7:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-23) 

One church of Christ (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:4-6) 


You know that the same church today: 

Is guided by the same word (1 Peter 1:22-25; 2 Timothy 3:16-17) 

Contends for the one faith (Jude 3; Ephesians 4:5) 

Pleads for unity of all believers (John 17:20-21; Ephesians 4:4-6) 

Is not a denomination (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Ephesians 4:1-6) 

Is faithful to Christ (Luke 6:46; Revelation 2:10; Mark 8:38) 

Wears the name of Christ (Romans 16:16; Acts 11:26; 1 Peter 4:16) 


You should know that you can be a member of this church: 

By doing what people 1900 years ago (Acts 2:36-47) 

Without being in any denomination (Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13) 


You should know that a child of God: 

Can be lost (1 Corinthians 9:27; 1 Corinthians 10:12; Galatians 5:4; Hebrews 3:12-19

But is given a law of pardon (Acts 8:22; James 5:16) 

Is constantly cleansed by the blood of Christ as he walks in the light of God (1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 John 1:5-10) 


"Some Things You Should Know" is from a tract by Gospel Minutes, P.O. Box 50007, Ft. Worth, TX 76105‐0007